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Old 12-19-2020, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hello all, so recently I fell into a large roll of cow hide leather. Itís basically an entire cow hide. A relative of mine used to be a barber and made his own strops out of it among a few other things. Iíve made a few of my own out of it, but still have a huge amount of this stuff left. Iíve been really curious on trying to make me a few tabs out of it, but have never done anything like that.

Was curious if anyone here does any leather working and could point a guy in the right direction on maybe making a leather tab?
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Old 12-19-2020, 06:05 PM   #2
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I've read you just trace one you like, cut it, and put some leather treatment of sorts on it and go.

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Old 12-19-2020, 06:43 PM   #3
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That looks way too thick for a tab!!!!

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Old 12-19-2020, 06:51 PM   #4
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Yup. That’s gonna be too thick and too much skiving to get it done. You’d be better off grabbing a 2 oz piece at Tandy foe the tabs

For reference, that’s probably about 10 - 12 oz

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Old 12-19-2020, 07:38 PM   #5
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Yup. Thatís gonna be too thick and too much skiving to get it done. Youíd be better off grabbing a 2 oz piece at Tandy foe the tabs

For reference, thatís probably about 10 - 12 oz
Got it, thanks for the input! I know nothing about leather working, so I wasnít sure. Any way to thin it out by sanding or something? I sanded the backside of a small piece for a waxing pad for bow strings which worked out pretty well.
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Old 12-19-2020, 07:46 PM   #6
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Let me know where to pick it up and Iíll take it off your hands


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Old 12-19-2020, 07:47 PM   #7
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Got it, thanks for the input! I know nothing about leather working, so I wasnít sure. Any way to thin it out by sanding or something? I sanded the backside of a small piece for a waxing pad for bow strings which worked out pretty well.
You can probably make that work on a spindle type sander but not a task Iíd venture into if you have access to buying a smaller piece....and Iíve made a lot of leather items. Just saying you might kick yourself later for going through that much of a hassle is all. Post up what you make!
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Old 12-19-2020, 07:48 PM   #8
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You might consider selling that to a saddle maker or someone and getting what you can use too
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Old 01-15-2021, 08:32 PM   #9
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A general rule of thumb for tabs I learned: Use 1mm leather per 10lb of bow. If you use less you begin damaging nerves on the fingertips. I use a 5mm leather for my 45# bow.
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Old 01-15-2021, 08:49 PM   #10
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Got it, thanks for the input! I know nothing about leather working, so I wasnít sure. Any way to thin it out by sanding or something? I sanded the backside of a small piece for a waxing pad for bow strings which worked out pretty well.
While I don't know anything about Tabs or shooting with them (let alone how thick they should be) for your own reference from a leatherworking standpoint

1/64" = 1 ounce relative to Leather thickness

so 10-12 oz leather is roughly 5/32" to 1/4" or 4-5mm

This is a rough approximation, so you may just put a pair of calipers on a tab that you like and use and then go from there.

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Old 02-19-2021, 09:16 PM   #11
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Rick makes a really nice tab. Idk if he would offer pointers but if he does, listen close.
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Old 02-21-2021, 07:55 AM   #12
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you can run that leather on a sander to thin it down
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