Step 3: Cut a new strap

I cut a new strap from an old belt I no longer use.  I slit the belt to get the same width as the original strap from the old handle, and removed an outer lamination from the belt.  This outer lamination was some sort of padding to give cushion to the belt and was not needed.  I simply peeled it off.  What was left was made of heavy leather with a reinforcing fabric laminated to it.  This should be very strong.
<p>nice, thank's have to give this a try, got a few old trunk's like that..</p>
Very nicely done. Back in the late 1960s and very early 1970s I was going to school in St. Louis. One of my favorite hangouts was any of the several Central Hardware stores. They had everything &quot;from scoop to nuts.&quot; One thing they had was these handles as replacements. I think the prices were quite reasonable then. <br><br>
Thanks, Phil. I used to be able to buy these at the Elliot's Hardware store in Dallas back in the '70's, but in recent years the only place I've found them is on the internet at reproduction hardware sites, and they've gotten very pricy.
Wow, really well done. Most people would resort to rope or just scrap it all together. I love that you've documented how to repair this and give the case a whole new life again. This kind of thing is what we all need to be learning!
Thanks again for your nice words. I was going to wait until a cold winter day to fix this thing, but decided cold weather is still a long way off in Texas!

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