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    I was looking for a sewing needle and thought...well, I could maybe make one.

    So many items are sewn together and needles aren't always available.

    I took a 10d finish nail and flattened the end. Then, drilled a hole for the thread. Finally, filed both ends. Here are the pics. I hope it helps:
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    Good improvising. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel View Post
    I was looking for a sewing needle and thought...well, I could maybe make one.

    So many items are sewn together and needles aren't always available.

    I took a 10d finish nail and flattened the end. Then, drilled a hole for the thread. Finally, filed both ends. Here are the pics. I hope it helps:
    God bless you, that's ingenious and a real dedication to get it done!
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    I like that idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Now that's a niffty idea Rebel! Thanks for a great idea.
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    That would probably be a good strong leather or pack gear needle. Nice job!!

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    Great Idea, and good job getting that small hole in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    That would probably be a good strong leather or pack gear needle. Nice job!!
    My thoughts exactly. Looks great for the heavy type sewing.


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    That's awesome.. think of flattening it and sharpening it for leatherwork. I wonder if a smaller finish nail would work equally as well?
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    You could use a smaller nail and to keep the drill bit from walking I used a center punch. You could also bend and / or harden the nail.

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    Here are a bunch of plans for home made tools. These are larger power tools in most cases.

    http://www.green-trust.org/junkyardp...shopPlans.html

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    you might try one with a chisel point as well. they work well with leather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Here are a bunch of plans for home made tools. These are larger power tools in most cases.

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    Good stuff Rick,

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    You could file the business end of the nail to a triangle shape. I believe a triangle can be used to sew waterproof (or water resistant) seams in leather. Am I correct on that YCC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Here are a bunch of plans for home made tools. These are larger power tools in most cases.

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    Cool link. There's a whole bunch of stuff that I could hurt myself with.
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    I read that a pyramid shape point is stronger than conical. Is that what you mean?

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    In my experience the triangle shape makes a hole just large enough to run a double strand of your string (in my case sinew) through, making for a very tight stitch. I would think it to be waterproof, but buckskin soaks up water like a sham-wow so it's hard to say. It works well on the bark tan that I've treated when well oiled. Crash seals his with beeswax and would be able to tell us better but I'm not sure if he uses the triangle needle.
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    The triangle needle works good for hand stitching, but I pre-punch my holes for the sheaths I make. Even with the last one I made using the deer skin, the thick leather welt made it thicker than I would want to push through. I'll have to make a thumb thingie and give it a try though.
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