Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 33

Thread: Need help - How to attach leather to wood???

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Austin TX
    Posts
    405

    Need help - How to attach leather to wood???

    Hey gang,

    I've made one of the three legged draw horses along the lines that Lie-Nielsen sells and I want to put a piece of leather on the flat area where the workpiece lies and also on the cross member that applies the pressure to the workpiece.

    I don't think I've ever put a piece of leather on wood before. Is there special glue that one would use? I guess another question begging to be answered is what type of leather would you use. I've got something that feels like suede and is around 3/32" thick.

    I need your input so I can finalize this project.

    Thanks as always,
    Lee Laird
    Austin TX

  2. #2
    In our piano restorations, we use hot hide glue to glue leather to wood.
    HTH,
    Dale
    Dale Probst
    www.wardprobst.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    falcon heights, minnesota
    Posts
    5,610
    if its similar to that shave horse in the catalog, you do not want to use any leather or split with a suade surface. the leather you want to use has the outsided (or skin) of the hide on one side. then i would suggest you use an epoxy or contact cement, and tack it down at both the start and finish points of the item you are wrapping. i hope that this helps.
    benedictione omnes bene

    www.burroviejowoodworking.com

    check out my etsy store, buroviejowoodworking

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Coastal plain of North Carolina
    Posts
    566
    Like Dan, I have always used contact cement to glue leather faces to mallets I have made. Never had the bond fail and I always put at least 2 coats of glue on both surfaces. It is important to firmly use a roller to roll the leather into the glued surface of the wood to get good adhesion.
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    falcon heights, minnesota
    Posts
    5,610
    also, you want that leather to be around 1/4" thick. the reason being that you will be applying pressure in holding the workpiece in place, and the thickness of the leather provides padding, so that the workpiece is not marred by the parts keeping it clamped in place.
    benedictione omnes bene

    www.burroviejowoodworking.com

    check out my etsy store, buroviejowoodworking

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Austin TX
    Posts
    405

    Followup to question about gluing leather to wood

    Thanks guys. That's helpful. The leather I have was left-overs and it seemed like it might not be the ticket, but not having ever done this type thing before, I figured I'd go to the well.

    When I look at Lie-Nielsen's site the leather that is on the flat surfaced work area on the horse seems to be very pliable or flexible as it looks to flow from one side to the other while following the V-cut that runs from front to back. Is there a possibility that the thick stuff should be on the hold-down arm and thinner stuff for the flat work area?

    I can pick up some leather at our local Tandy. Is there anything else unique about the leather I should buy?

    Thanks again,
    Lee Laird
    Austin TX

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    U.K.
    Posts
    112

    Smile

    This might help Lee.
    http://www.thistothat.com/

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    falcon heights, minnesota
    Posts
    5,610
    just make sure it is fairish thick. you can make it more pliable by wetting it down, and it will fit better. but then again, the folks at tandy should be able to answer questions even better.
    benedictione omnes bene

    www.burroviejowoodworking.com

    check out my etsy store, buroviejowoodworking

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    lutefisk capitol, USA
    Posts
    485
    Look for something called Barge Cement. It is a brand name that comes in a tube like toothpaste. I used to get it at Tandy.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Austin TX
    Posts
    405
    Thanks again everyone for the assistance.

    Kevin & Dale - Looks like the link Kevin sent and Dale's recommendation are a match. The weblink advised that Barge is the recommended product. They also advise you can buy it in shoe repair stores. (info for those interested)

    Dan - Yeah, our family used to make just about everything out of leather back in the '60s and '70s (from chairs to belts to bowling bags) so I do recall that wetting the leather made it more pliable and it took shaping better as well. Glad you brought it back to front and center of my memory. As for the leather I have in my possession, I even thought that I might be able to use something underneath the leather on the flat surface to add just a little extra padding to protect the work-piece.

    You guys rock!
    Lee Laird
    Austin TX

Similar Threads

  1. Leather on Your Vise?
    By glenn bradley in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-24-2016, 01:54 PM
  2. Cleaning Leather
    By Jim C Bradley in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-12-2013, 09:58 PM
  3. Tandy Leather Anyone?
    By Brent Dowell in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 04-25-2010, 04:46 PM
  4. Gluing leather
    By Carol Reed in forum General Woodturning Q&A
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 04-10-2010, 03:16 PM
  5. How would attach this?
    By Jeff Horton in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-13-2006, 01:20 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •