Building a belt

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Hi folks! On the last week I built the belt. And I thought it could be interesting and helpful for somebody to start to make your own belt project.
So, let's start

We've got two straps veg tanned leather for front side and the back. Red one 38 mm width 3.5 mm thikness for the face and the light one 44x3.0 mm for the back. Brass buckle 38 mm. And a couple of screws it's somewhere in some box i guess :D



Work with the front strap first. Make the form both of the ends.


Use some punch with the right size to make the tongue slot. And fold the buckle end.




Make the lines for stitching and for the border of stamping.



Cut on the inner line.



Bevel the border. I use wide smooth type of the BK bevelers, very comfortable to make long straight border lines on belts



Stamping the border.



And so on for the whole strap


Groove for the stitching. It can be done after the gluing parts or before like I did.


Glue the front with back parts of the belt. I used round mallet for roll over the belt for more reliable gluing of parts


Cut the extra edge of back side.



Further groove for the stitching on back side, and punch the holes. I used 2mm diamond hole punch.



After that the belt is ready to stitch. I took about 10 meters 1 mm thikness waxed thread for this belt. After the stitching I got two ends about 40 cm lenght.


Cut all the edges. Install the screws in right place. Use the keeper strap for it.


Make the keeper




Glue and install the rivet. Further burn all edges with some kind of slicker and I use the gum tragakanth for it and wax. Treat whole belt with neatsfoot oil and give some time to soak. For finish treatment I used balm atom wax. Polish with piece of denim. Assemble all parts of the belt. Done.
No tongue holes because my friend doesn't yet to come :)

Thanks for watching.
Comments are welcome.
 
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Great job, like your stitching. That belt clamping system looks like it holds the belt nicely for stitching and edge work also. Thanks for the pics.
John S.
 
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Really nice. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks very glad you liked. Thats my pleasure.

Great job, like your stitching. That belt clamping system looks like it holds the belt nicely for stitching and edge work also. Thanks for the pics.
John S.
Thank you. Yeah, I made it by my self and it's pretty handy to work for stitching, edge burnishing and dyeing.
 
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Horsewright

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Great job! Fantastic work produced a very nice belt. There's a tool called a Push Beveler. BK makes one as does almost everybody else, I've got an Osborne. If ya make more belts and ya should cause that one is great, it would be a good investment. A push beveler works great on long straight bevels like a belt. You could bevel the whole belt in about the time it took to type this sentence. Something to look into. Like your brand/makers mark. Here that would be read Circle S 4 h connected, if it were a brand. Know ya like the western stuff.
 
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That’s a fine looking belt:thumbsup:
Very nice work. That belt should last forever. Thanks for tutorial.
Thanks guys!

Great job! Fantastic work produced a very nice belt. There's a tool called a Push Beveler. BK makes one as does almost everybody else, I've got an Osborne. If ya make more belts and ya should cause that one is great, it would be a good investment. A push beveler works great on long straight bevels like a belt. You could bevel the whole belt in about the time it took to type this sentence. Something to look into. Like your brand/makers mark. Here that would be read Circle S 4 h connected, if it were a brand. Know ya like the western stuff.
Thank you, sir! I've read something before about Push Bevelers but never saw it in our leathercraft stores, maybe not so popular here. Now I'll find this tool. Thanks for advice. My makers mark it's monogram from my name and surname Yuri Shmakov, first letters (YSh) That's interesting about Circle S 4 h rather Circle S Y h.
 
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