Get The Most Out Of Your Wooden Strap Cutter
Let's talk a little more about this tool's cross arm and handle.
Pay attention, especially if you're new to these cutters. One side of the handle has an indent, the other side is flat. Align the blade with the indent when reinserting the cross arm. Incorrect placement leads to frustrating catches and wondering why it won't glide smoothly.
Avoid the hassle by getting the blade placement right from the start! With the cross arm properly inserted, hold it in your dominant hand, measurements facing you. Pull the arm to your desired width, say 1.5" (the standard size), and tighten the large screw at the bottom.
For extra security, place the screw's flat face on your worktable and give it a gentle extra turn. Now, your cutter won't fall apart during your DIY bag strap project! Time to unleash the cutting prowess of the wooden strap cutter! This tool is your new best friend.
It turns double shoulders or single bends into perfectly-sized leather belt blanks in just two minutes. And the best part? Cutting your own straps puts a smile on your face and money in your pocket!
Cut Like A Seasoned Pro
First things first, you need a straight edge on your leather, and our secret weapon for this task is the strap cutter. Set the cutting width to a snug 1", and here comes the game-changing technique: instead of pushing the cutter through the leather like a rookie, start the cut and then grab a tab of leather at the top.
Give it a gentle pull to the left, avoiding any need to force the cutter into the leather. Voila! You've just unlocked the secret to achieving a straight cut every single time. It's easy, it's fast, and now you can effortlessly create even and consistent straps from the rest of your leather stash.
Now, here's a nifty tip for strapping from a smaller piece of leather. Get cozy with your leather strap right up against your body, hold the strap cutter on the outside, and smoothly pull the leather through the cutter while using your body as a stabilizing force. It's all about maintaining control and ensuring those straps come out just the way you want them.
Circumventing The Struggle Of Soft Leather
No worries, we've got a workaround for you. Simply position the wooden strap cutter right on the end of your leather and give it a gentle pull. You want the slightest cut that you can see because, let's face it, the leather can be a bit unruly and might not cooperate easily.
But don't worry, we won't let a soft edge ruin your strap-cutting adventure.
Take a knife and make a tiny 0.5" cut, just enough to get past that pesky soft edge and enable a smooth and successful cut for your strap. Problem solved, and you're back in the game!
When it comes to leather, body is everything. While a softer leather like our Redrock pull-up leather may not be ideal for making straps, a firmer leather like our English bridle leather is here to save the day. With its nice body and thickness, strapping becomes a breeze.
Embrace the different characteristics of your leather and choose the perfect type for your strap-cutting endeavors.