Making a leather sandbag for metal forming
First, a little leather work – making a sandbag
I wanted a 12″ sandbag, but was not willing to spend the $50 or $60 to buy one. I had some good scrap leather in the shop and made my own.
I started by taking 6″ into my dividers.
I drew two twelve inch circles on the back of my leather.
And cut them out with some kitchen shears. I find that good kitchen shears do a great job cutting leather.
I ran a line of Barge Cement around each piece, skipping 1″ to allow for filling. I let the cement dry and stuck the two pieces of leather together. Next, I punched holes around the edge with an awl. I used a saddle stitch and some strong waxed twine to sew the edges. All that was left was adding about six cups of sand.
After pouring in the sand, I glued and stitched the last bit shut. Here is the bag with a sheet metal forming stake that I have been working up in the forge. It started from a circus tent stake. One end is mostly done and the rough end will be a ball shape when I am done.
I had looked for some forming stakes to buy and was astounded at how much a simple T stake could cost. I found several that were three hundred dollars or more. Per normal, I went to the forge and shop and made one.
Happy Fourth of July and happy making,
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