Leather Tool Roll




Introduction: Leather Tool Roll

About: Mostly, I study chemistry but sometimes I work wood. Also, the game.

This is a short instructable that goes along with my saddlebag project. You can refer to that project for tools, materials and more detail about how things are sewn, leather etc!

This project was also driven by my need to transport things on my newly bought 1980 Honda CM400T. It's old and needs tools to survive, and I wanted to transport them in style.

The inspiration for this also came from packanimal.co, go check out their amazing work!

Step 1: Leather Back and Straps

A rectangular piece of 2 mm thick veg tanned leather was chamfered on two corners and two leather buckles made from the same thickness were riveted onto this piece

Step 2: Fabric Tool Holder, Pocket and Flaps

Everything is cut out from waxed cotton, including a zipped pocket and separate spaces for the tools I'd need:

A pair of pliers

A pair of wire cutters

An adjustable spanner

A flathead and a phillips n°3 screwdriver

N° 10, 12-13, 16-17 metric spanners

A shop rag

A magnetic expandable flashlight

I suggest laying out the tools onto the fabric to make a custom tool roll that holds exactly what you need! Also, the zipped pocket holds conveniently all the small parts and bits and pieces you may need: screws, zip ties, a piece of 200 lb kevlar string...

Then, the leather part is stitched to the back



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    Very nice roll, have you made a tool roll for your leather tools?

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    That would be pretty meta but no, I keep them in an old glasses case ;)

    extra spark plugs and a plug wrench might not be a bad idea as well a bread twist tie. Remove the plastic from the tie and the wire is perfect for clearing a plugged carburator jet.

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    Spark plugs are a smart idea, thanks. I've already got a piece of guitare string for that!

    Very nice Instructable well done. As for the wire for cleaning out carb' jets. May I respectfully suggest throwing that guitar string back in the 'useful one day pile'. Guitar strings are often made of nickel which is rather hard. The jets on a carburetor are normally made of brass which is a relatively soft metal. So, the wire from bread ties is made of mild steel, also much harder than brass. Both of those have the potential to permanently damage a jet :( Just take a length of multi strand copper wire in something like a 12 to 18 gauge. Use one strand and you'll clear any blockages while the wire, being copper and softer than brass will not (or certainly should not) harm those jets :) Safe riding on your adventure.

    I had not thought of that. I will find a copper wire (or maybe fishing line?). Thanks!

    Now you need one for the other side . Don't motorbikes have steel ring attachments on the underside of the seat nowadays?

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    Yeah but it's so much time... Also I wanted to carry my old beat up suitcase so I opted for making an aluminum luggage rack instead, as you can see in the intro pictures

    Yes I plan on driving 2800 kilometers this summer between Grenoble, Bordeaux and Coutances and back to Grenoble... Pray for the bike!