Introduction: Laser Cut Leather Tool Roll
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
After figuring out the dimensions of the tool roll, I acquired materials.
Leather, Tandy leather working thread, Tandy snaps.
Step 2: Laser Cutting
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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