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  1. #21
    I think I got a picture now? This is for the handle? Why not stitch the handle and then cover it with a brass trim, no screws, just decorative? (Unless the screws are a feature for adjustment or something?) Make a model (cnc) then lost wax and polish. Sorry if I have the wrong end of the stick! If it needs to be pins I'd think about pressing them in, interference fit?

    Tom
    Sherline lathe, Chester DB11V lathe, Myford/ Rodney mill, CNC mill Isel/ home made, Sealy Hack Saw, Meddings Pillar drill.

  2. #22
    Hi Tom, this is for fixing the handle to the body of the bag - it has to have the screws, stitching isn't strong enough on such a small section (it is leather, and the stitch apparently makes a cut rather than a hole like in textiles, so it ends up weak from the perforation).

    Can I ask what you mean by 'lost wax and polish'? I'm not up on the terminology of metalworking I'm afraid. Do you mean the cnc part could just be polished and not require plating for a nice finish?

  3. #23
    Hi Mate
    What a busy thread! Lost wax can be a good way producing small brass parts but I've had a rethink (based on the assumption of no machine tools at home!).
    You could have them cnc'd. Or, fabricate, I've looked around for channel that size, not there. Get some one to mill out the channel from bar the right size, easy job = cheap. Those little posts? drill through, countersink and rivet, just a hammer and drill required and a little patience. Or, drill a blind hole and solder them in (make them from 3mm bar). You could silver solder but if they are a tight fit, regular soft solder would hold.
    Brass works well and easily with simple hand tools, rivets can be filed and polished flat so you cant even see them.
    Then I thought, through to the back plate? I make the odd knife, check out these knifemaking supplies, they have lots of rivets for fixing the scale, and also a lot of leather working tools a well .. nice!

    http://www.attacc.com/itemslist.aspx?listid=11

    http://www.english-handmade-knives.c...of_scales.html

    They are all designed to be fixed/tightened and filed flat. Brass polishes rather well but tarnishes and marks easily (see knife!). Generally you would plate or at least lacquar. A brush matt finish would last longer.

    This is a recent knife I made, just utility and scratched. the brass ends are riveted on with two rivets (on the left one, one of teh rivets is a tube). Yes you can see one but I wanted it quick for a fishing trip and inherently lazy. The rest are invisible.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4933236...in/photostream

    Re stiching you are sort of right, but there is stitching and stitching. Some needles have cutting edges some are round, for a light leather a round needle would be better and the stitch density and thread tightness makes a huge difference to the strength. You could back the leather with something (could be more leather) and scive the edges, you would never know it was there. If I were to be critical of the design I would say that with the pegs attached only to the channel, it will want to twist and the holes in the strap will stretch spoliing the neatness of the strap just above the brass. Just some stiching will help some of the stress to be relieved and give a better look for longer. With a hook shaped needle you could run the stitch up above the brass for a small distance and it would be invisable, just stiched through the fold. (Im in the footwear industry). But I;m also assuming you don't want to scour the planet for machines that will do this!
    Option 3 (I think) .... slot the bag face, strap through slot, through backing plate, back on its self and firmly fixed. Brass channel hides joint, where you have stitched a dummy strap end?

    Just thinking aloud.

    Tom
    Sherline lathe, Chester DB11V lathe, Myford/ Rodney mill, CNC mill Isel/ home made, Sealy Hack Saw, Meddings Pillar drill.

  4. #24
    Thanks for all the info Tom, it seems you are a mine of information!

    I'm new to both the leather and the metal side of things so it's a very steep learning curve for me here. The help is very much appreciated.

    I've got neither the tools nor the skill to make these things myself, thankfully one of the members on here has offered to make a sample for me. I think the design will work, not sure exactly on how to attach it yet though.

    The leather of the bag is quite heavy nubuck, and the handle is actually going to loop back so it's doubled as it goes through this metal piece. Plan b if I can't get these metal parts was to slot cut the bag face like you suggested and just use stitching. I imagine the solution will be doing the same but with the screws giving the main support.

    I seem to be waffling with no real point here... My head is spinning from all the options :)

  5. #25
    Where have all the good old fashioned machinists gone? :whistling:

    Can no-one thread a blind hole in a piece of 3mm plate anymore?

    Take a strip of 5/16" brass.

    Blind drill the holes.

    Grind your tapping drill tip down to square so it can't cut in the middle.

    Dip it into all the blind holes, you cannot overshoot.

    Thread the holes, (take the tip off you bottoming tap).

    Saw to oversize

    Screw onto a jig plate from below to cut the sides.

    Nip in a milling vice while you cut to height and cut the channel removing your pilot threads.

    Quick rub on emery, buff off the sharp corners.

    Send them to the customer, knowing full well the threads aren't deep enough.

    When he comes back with the improved design, suck air through your teeth and shake your head.
    Overcharge him, he is yours forever

  6. #26
    Good one Robin :lol:

    Thats one way to screwed right
    If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    Thanks for all the info Tom, it seems you are a mine of information!

    I'm new to both the leather and the metal side of things so it's a very steep learning curve for me here. The help is very much appreciated.

    I've got neither the tools nor the skill to make these things myself, thankfully one of the members on here has offered to make a sample for me. I think the design will work, not sure exactly on how to attach it yet though.

    The leather of the bag is quite heavy nubuck, and the handle is actually going to loop back so it's doubled as it goes through this metal piece. Plan b if I can't get these metal parts was to slot cut the bag face like you suggested and just use stitching. I imagine the solution will be doing the same but with the screws giving the main support.

    I seem to be waffling with no real point here... My head is spinning from all the options :)
    When you get a sample in your hand you'll get a much better perspective on the design. Hand bags can be difficult because girly's tend to fill em up, so they look good empty but bad when full. Nubuck should be quite tough but just think a little about taking the stresses out of that handle/bag joint, you could run it inside around the base for some extra strength and the actual joint becomes almost cosmetic. Learning is good! And there's lots of help available.

    Tom
    Sherline lathe, Chester DB11V lathe, Myford/ Rodney mill, CNC mill Isel/ home made, Sealy Hack Saw, Meddings Pillar drill.

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