In today’s video, Chuck continues his leather shop tour. This time going over the size and construction of his punching table and pattern table. The punching table is attached to the main cutting table so it has a nice sturdy surface for tooling and punching but can easily be removed and affixed to other areas of the main table.
How do I set up my shop? We’ve gotten this question a lot, and the long-awaited shop tour is here! In this first video, Chuck explains his main leather cutting table and work table functions, dimensions, and features. Chuck also talks about his preferred cutting surface. While these are just suggestions, we hope this information is helpful and you can use some of it in your own leathercrafting space!
Step 1: Measure your plant pot using a ruler or string starting at one edge and going underneath the pot to the opposite edge.
Step 2: Using the wooden strap cutter, cut two straps measuring 3/4″ wide and trim to the length you measured on your pot (ours is 11″). Cut two straps 5/16″ wide x 32″ long. You can make these longer or shorter based on how low you want your pot to hang.
Clip or round the corners of the 3/4″ straps if desired using a knife or round strap end punch. The straps can also be left as is. Using the 5/16″ punch, punch a hole at each end of the 3/4″ straps. *Pro-tip: if you want your plant hanger to have more of a polished look vs. rustic, use some water and a canvas cloth to slick the edges.
Step 4: Using the 3/32″ punch, punch a hole in the center of each of the 3/4″ straps. These will be the rivet holes.
Step 5: Criss-cross the two 3/4″ straps at a right angle and set using a double cap rivet and rivet setter.
Step 6: Thread one end of one of the 5/16″ pieces of lace through one of the holes on the 3/4″ strap and tie a knot on the outside (smooth side of the leather). Tie the other end on the opposite end of the same strap. Repeat with the other piece of lace.
Step 7: Slide a brass ring over the top of the laces to keep the lace together. This will help keep the laces together when hanging. Slide the leather holder under your pot, and it’s ready to hang up!
This works for a variety of sizes and shapes of pots!
Check out some of our other project tutorials here!