How to make a Leathercraft Stitching Pony
I have been struggling to find a good quality stitching pony. I came across one in the USA for $149.99 or £95, being an ” I can make that ” famous last words in some cases, I printed off the pictures and set about working out the dimensions and material needed. I popped to my local diy store to the off-cuts bin and picked up the bits of wood for the job, total 90p.
From my piece of off-cut 140mm x 18mm I cut a piece 630mm long. This made the Base 250mm x 140mm and 2 x arms 250mm x 70mm , both jaws 60mm x 70mm and part of the swivel base plate 70mm x 70mm and a spare piece of 70mm x 70mm.
Next I rubbed the edges with a piece of sandpaper to tidy them up and smooth them off. The Base was then drilled in the centre to take the screw, wing nut and washer.
Then take a 70mm x 70mm and with a piece of baton 34mm x 21mm x 70mm stripwood glue and screw together. You could use the spare piece of 70mm and cut it 34mm wide. I was lucky to find a piece of 34mm baton in the bin which made my life a bit easier. You need the 34mm because you are placing the 18mm thick arms on either side. 18 + 18 + 34 = 70mm, that keeps everything flush to 70mm. Drill through the block to make the swivel base.
Cut a 45deg angle in the top of both arms and the same to the 60mm jaws. Cut 5mm off the top of the jaws to form a work surface.
Glue and pin the jaws to the arms.
Put both the arms together and drill a hole through them to take a bolt,wing nut and washer. Glue and screw one of the arms to the base block and the other is attached with a piano hinge
I finished of the project by clear varnishing it and added a strip of leather to the jaws to protect my work as it is clamped.
I hope this is helpful with your leatherwork.