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Originally posted by USA 1776 USA 1776 wrote:

I assume you wrap the gun in plastic before covering with wet leather?
That was just a quick wrap over the pistol to make sure I got the stitching-holes lined up - but yes, after everything is stitched, I'll dampen the holster and saran-wrap the pistol before shoving it in.
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Went back home during lunch to stitch the bottom (pain in the ass - almost every single stitch fought me), checked for fit and now forming the holster to the pistol:

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Done. Not super-awesome, but it'll do fine for a first-ever attempt:


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote USA 1776 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 2019 at 12:16am
Looks ok to me. Better than ok. No need for retention strap?
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That is your first attempt at making a holster ??????????
Very impressive
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Thank you kindly.

No strap (yet) - this is just for the range, but I may add one.

First leather-work ever, yep - scary stuff. I may yet try and "bone" it around the barrel-rib - a plain brown tube doesn't look very appealing, but I'm glad that the holster works and isn't horrible.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote edkel1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 2019 at 1:13am
Gotta ask
How did you get that indention made inside the trigger guard and so symmetrical ???????
All I could figure is a finely detailed wood plug cut to that correct size and shape with routed edges, clamps and maybe water / heat but wanted to know, also how long as total time to do the work and maybe broken down per what was done.
Again very well done Clap
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Literally just dampening the leather and pressing into it with my thumb to make a dent - then running gently around inside that dent with the base of a rounded wood-handled tool. Apparently that's called "boning".

Time, hmmm. Excluding overnight drying of the leather-dye (and a lot of Youtubing to look at techniques, running to Tandy Leather to buy tools and materials), probably 6 hours total. I could probably make the next in 4 or 5...

This video on making the pattern was invaluable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PdKDmcmu8k

Without that, I'd have had no idea how to even start - and his trick of using a strip of leather to allow for the thickness of the leather (for spacing) worked like a champ.

Also, doing neat saddle-stitching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zTOqJCWbfY


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