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here are the pictures of a axe sheath i made to day out of some scrap leather. i tried using leather rivets first but the seemed to pull through the leather too easily so i stitched the edges with some nylon string i had.

let me know what you guys think. keep in mind this is the first thing like this i have ever attempted, so keep the criticism constructive



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here are the pictures of a axe sheath i made to day out of some scrap leather. i tried using leather rivets first but the seemed to pull through the leather too easily so i stitched the edges with some nylon string i had.

let me know what you guys think.
Stitches look pretty even.

Does the belt loop let the ax swing very much?

I can't see from the pics, do you have three layers of leather up there where the ax blade comes into contact with the front of the sheath? If not the ax's edge will be rubbing against the metal rivets or nylon stitching. If you sew a buffer piece of leather for the ax edge to rub against the sheath and or ax will last longer.

Good work,
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yea it has a buffer piece all the way around but no it swing all that much, i made it that way because i keep it on my pack mostly. thanks for the input.
 

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Nice job,there is a great artical in the latest issue of Backwoodsmens mag that addresses just this type of item.
 

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Looks good ,you have the right idea.Heres a couple of comments .1.If you are using those big rivets and its pulling threw ,that piece of leather probably has some dry rot.Those big rivets were made for harness work and don't normally fail.Hint for today instead of rivets use roofing nails and small washers ,works pretty well. 2 Unwaxed dental floss works great for stiching,3 If you are going to do much work ,,make you up a stiching vise (2 boards and some kind of bolt,,with feet so you can hold with your feet to keep your work steady ) 3 Check hobby-tractor supply stores for bags of leather scraps ,I have one locally thats sells 10 lb bags for 6.99.Hope that helps !
 

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Looks good ,you have the right idea.Heres a couple of comments .1.If you are using those big rivets and its pulling threw ,that piece of leather probably has some dry rot.Those big rivets were made for harness work and don't normally fail.Hint for today instead of rivets use roofing nails and small washers ,works pretty well. 2 Unwaxed dental floss works great for stiching,3 If you are going to do much work ,,make you up a stiching vise (2 boards and some kind of bolt,,with feet so you can hold with your feet to keep your work steady ) 3 Check hobby-tractor supply stores for bags of leather scraps ,I have one locally thats sells 10 lb bags for 6.99.Hope that helps !
thanks for the input. and you are right, the leather was just a bit dry rotted, i just used an old scrap peace i found in our barn, same goes for the rivets(they are copper and probably around 50-60 years old). all in all this was just a trail run to get the techniques down. by the way, that a really neet idea about the roofing tacks and small washers. :thumb:
 

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I had an old Amish guy show me that one and it works pretty well .It keeps you from having to buy a box of rivets for a small project ,,most people can find some washers and roofing nails pretty easy.
 

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My My,aren't we talented. Looks pretty good.
But might I suggest next time,try useing wax-coated braided line for the stiching.
I made a knife sheath with it in the seventies. Finally gave it away couple years ago.
 
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