I used to make genuine leather doll furniture for collectors as well as regular
for their daughters and also leather covered boxes and small chests.
Why? Because I hated wood finishing.
I used a TON of decorative tacks and my leather was almost free. :)
A pine box that cost me a few bucks to make sold for 30-50 times with less labor
wood finishing. I like a little wood for trim.
Along with the brass escutcheon pins I used tacks like these.
The tiny brass conical being a favorite.
On black or blue leather they looked great.
All these tacks can be picked up with my vac tool. The beauty being that the
tip if you shape it correctly can only attach to the shaft of the tack.
I'm sure you are wondering about that almost 'Free" leather.
Secondhand clothing stores. They get a ton of leather coats some full length
too beat up or damaged for resale. They throw them out. I used to have them save
for me and I paid $5 for a garbage bag full I could barely carry.
I could sell a 18" high leather wing back chair to doll collectors for $300 and
was 20 years ago. Not every day, but it was a great pleasure to be able to make
off items and sell them at a profit. I used to advertise in Doll World magazine,
ads were ridiculously cheap for a magazine.
You can make beautiful leather boxes for almost nothing this way and almost NO
FINISHING OR SANDING. I hate both. <g>
Now I do very little woodwork these days and work mostly in concrete. Talk about
your cheap materials.
This bowl was my very first and cost me $3 to make and it will look like this 200
years from now..:)
The butterfly stand has rebar in it to prevent breakage in case you are
This stuff sells very well BTW..so if you're tired of the cost of hardwood <g>