I must say that I have lot of hand tools: hammers, pliers, chisels, saws, screwdrivers, rulers, levels and many others… I used to keep them in different kinds of boxes and cases. For some tools like hammers and pliers this is not a problem, more or less. But, for the sensitive tools like chisels, knives, etc, this kind of storage could be an issue because the fine cutting edge is easily damaged by contact with other metal parts.
To address this issue, I considered making some protective pouches out of leather scraps I can buy at discount prices (around. 7 euro / kg.). I must say that this is my first attempt of leatherworking. I have no leatherworking tools but it was easy to get some needles, string, a leather scissors, an awl and a revolving leather punch plier. Using this minimal toolset (along with a cutter, a steel rule and a “zigzag” scissors, I already own) I hope to come-up with some useful protective covers for my sensitive hand tools. Here are the tools I’ll use:
As a first project I’ll make some protective covers for the blades of my Mora knives (a small-blade Mora Frost 105 carving knife and a Mora 220 drawknife). This project will be very basic: I’ll cut the leather to size, make some holes in the leather using the punch plier and I will use some leather string to hold parts together. No hand stitching with needle and string at this point! Here is the result:
The second project will be much more ambitious: a 5-compartment roll for my Narex carving chisels. For this, I am prepared for hand stitching and hand riveting (using only a hammer and a bolt). The stitching process was manageable from the begining but it was laborious and painfull for my fingers. I used tha awl for making holes for the needle, prior to stitching.
The third project will be a pouch for my punches set. Here it is:
The last appointment in this weekend will be a less functional item. I had a nice and soft piece of leather that was asking to become a small, old style, coin bag (or maybe a tea bag). The stitching will be on the inside face.
That’s all folks!
One more tool gets a protective leather sheath: the lucky toll is a small (100 mm long) precision straight edge. I cut the leather to size and I sewn it by hand.
The cut piece of leather, before sewing, looks like this:
and the precision straight edge, partially inserted into the sheath:
To be continued!