Introduction: Laser Cut Leather Tool Roll

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First to make the leather toll roll I designed a scale design of it on graph paper. Then I redrew it in rhinoceros.

Step 1: Materials

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After figuring out the dimensions of the tool roll, I acquired materials.

Leather, Tandy leather working thread, Tandy snaps.

Tools needed:

Measuring tape

calipers

leather needle

glove/thimble/pliers

punch/nail set

hammer

leather wipes

scissors

drill press

Step 2: Laser Cutting

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Then I used a laser cutter to cut the holes then the overall shape of the tool roll pieces. By cutting the holes first the leather would not move.

Calipers were needed here to find the varying depths of the different types of leather. I have read that vegetable tanned leather is prefered for laser cutting.

I suggest using something to shield the leather (masking or tape) to help minimize burning. Blue tape mounting the leather to cardboard kept it more flat, than blue tape to the honeycomb laser bed.

Step 3: Cleaning Off Char Smell

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Then to get rid of the char smell I scrubbed the leather with leather wipes dipped in water. Then I let the leather dry on a rack for air circulation on all sides. The leather wipes I used were old and dried out, so I am not sure if they did anything or if water got rid of smell.

I also did some touch up shaping with a wood burner to keep the same edge finish.

Step 4: Assembly

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Then I sewed the pieces together with the Tandy thread and a leather needle. I used a leather glove to protect my fingers while pushing the needle through the laser cut holes. I also had pliers handy to pull the needle when needed.

Step 5: Making the Tie.

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I then added the leather snaps to the strap. I used a drill press for the hold set the snap then a punch instead of actual snap setter.

I would suggest waiting until you size the roll folded to find the placement of the snaps so they are the correct size to hold the roll shut.

Step 6: Done!

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Here is the finished tool roll with chisels in it. I found folding it in a trifold rather than rolling it works better. That is also why I do not have chisels in the third division pockets.

Comments

HexLab Makerspace (author)2015-01-01

do you have the files?

HollyMann (author)2014-06-04

This turned out really nice. It would be very useful to have one for my leather tools. :) Good job with the sewing too! Wearing gloves - very smart. I stabbed myself (quite deep) with a very large needle doing my last leather project and needed a tetanus shot!!!

craftclarity (author)2014-05-28

Really nice!!!

WayneEarl (author)2014-05-12

Interesting - i think i see how you used it - a replacement for a leather sewing machine for the stitching if by tool, or awl and mallet if by hand. Good stuff :)

WayneEarl (author)2014-05-12

excellent 'ible. i was just contemplating doing something similar for tools i store in my truck for emergencies.

A question: having done leatherwork before, and knowing the horror smell that charred leather really smells like, what was the rationale behind using the laser cutter for this, as opposed to a number of hand slicing/shearing approaches that would lead to the same level of accuracy without the lingering stench of charred animal skin?

personally, while i wouldnt use a laser cutter myself, i do appreciate the sense of humor of a man who uses a laser cutter to manufacture a diy tool holder for hand tools :)

oclark1 (author)WayneEarl2014-05-12

Hi WayneEarl,

I have not had any issue with char smell since scrubbing/wiping the leather in step 3. The laser cutter was mostly useful to accelerate the hole punching process, this stage has taken me considerable time in previous leather projects.

I'm also working on a CNC small rebate side hand plane, in a similar ironic manner.

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