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    Default Leather Saddlebags, First attempt

    Hi all,

    I would like to share with you a little project Im doing. This is my first attempt to make saddlebags (actually, its the first time I do anything related to leather so dont expect anything professional looking!).

    I first did a mock with a piece of cardboard, basically to get an idea of the largest dimensions the bag could have.

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    I then went to sketch up to lay out those dimensions, and started cutting down corners, putting some tapers and made it smaller than the initial box.

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    Since I dont have a printer, I drew by hand the parts on a poster board and then I transferred those onto the leather.

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    I got a side of 8-9 ounces veg tanned leather and I started cutting. These are the parts ready for tooling and dyeing.

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    I used a mixture of brown dyes to match approximately my java ostrich seat, and I started with the smaller pieces, the handle and the straps. I was amazed of how good it looks.

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    Baloo didn't seem impressed...

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    After this I started with the side of the bag. Since this is pretty thick leather, its a PITA to work the curves so Im molding the side by wetting it down slightly and making a lip from the edges and clamping it between two 2x4.

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    This is all for today. I will keep putting pictures with the progress!!
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    Looks good


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    looking great especially for first time

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    Oh this is great! Looking good so far, thanks for sharing with us.


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    Thanks for sharing Ivan. Hope it turns out well.

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    Default Slowly but surely...

    Quick update on the bag. I did some carving on the flap and stained all the parts before I molded the gusset with the same curves of the back.

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    Then I glued the gusset to the back using clamps to keep everything in place.

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    Then I glued the front and... voila!!

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    There is a lot to do still. I need to sand the edges to even them out. Then I need to burnish them and stitch everything nicely. Then the flap, straps, etc...
    I also attached an aluminum plate to the back to reinforce the back a little bit.

    I'll keep having fun and posting pictures. I can't wait to use it!!
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    Wow! It's coming along quite nicely! Thanks fir the update!


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    Alright! Project finished. Here is the bag before applying finish:
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    Ant this is after applying finish. Somehow I like it better without the finish... oh well.

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    I'm pretty pleased with the results. It's great trying something new and not to f**ck it up completely. The bag seems huge!! I don't know if I'll end up making the right-side bag. Now I'm waiting for the support to attach it to the bike. I'll put more pictures when everything is done.
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    Obviously a man of many talents!!! (seeing your fine carpentry tools in the background)

    I feel that shine applied as a finish will dull eventually, I also liked the 'unfinished' look more...

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    I like the finished look! Well done! Mighty fine, can you post a pic of your mounting when you get to that point.


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