Sunday, December 7, 2014

Leather axe sheath

Tonight I made a sheath for the axe I posted about a few days ago. Here is a picture of the completed project.

Below is a list of supplies to do this type of leather work. It's fairly straight forward once you have the basic tools and doesn't take very long for small projects like this.

Here's the steps I took:

  1. Draw your design on the leather with a pencil and cut it out.
  2. Use a hollow punch to make a hole for the first rivet. Secure the first rivet before doing the rest, this will keep everything aligned.
  3. Draw a line where you want the stitches, then follow the line with the leather stitch hole punchers.
  4. Follow the directions include with the sewing awl to insert the threads and tie it off.
  5. Place grommets.

Some lessons learned:

  • Placing the rivets before sewing was a good idea. It would be difficult to keep everything straight without them.
  • Wherever possible, leave extra leather so that the pieces can be trimmed together after the project is complete.

Although I've horded leather scraps for years, I used this stuff from Amazon and it worked fine.

Leather stitch hole punchers (my name for them). They look like this:

A sewing awl. They usually come with string.

Some small rivets.

Small gromets.

A small hollow punch set, like this. I got mine at Harbor Freight for slightly less, quality of steel isn't a big deal since we're just punching leather.

Oil to protect the leather.