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Old 11-01-2003, 01:22 PM
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Leather to thick

I bought some leather to make a seat cover for my motorcycle but it is very thick. Is there any way to split it or shave it so that it is usable?

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Old 11-01-2003, 01:34 PM
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I think it would be easier to just buy some more appropriate leather for your seat and use the heavy stuff for something else ... like straps, etc.

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Old 11-01-2003, 02:22 PM
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Unless tou have a leather splitter, you cant. Theres no way to do it by hand without screwing it up.
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Thanks guys.

I really like the look of this leather, it has sort of a character to it.
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We do all the seats for www.HybridCycles.net and have been using a very thick leather hide, like you said it has a uniue look. When we first starting doing them, it was hard getting used to. It doesnt work very easily. But it can be used with some different technigues, what are you having problems with exactly?
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I wanted to re-cover the stock seat, I have a Corbin young gun and duel tour, so I was not worried about comfort as much as looks on this one.

But the weight on this leather is like 6.5 oz, the shops here that I had look at it only one said he could sew it but that the joint or seam is to thick.

I asked if it could be like molded or stretched to eliminate the seam and every one said no.

Every one that I spoke with was either a car or boat shop though so they might not be used to working with anything but upholstery leather?
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6.5, that must be as thick as a belt...
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Yeah someone did not do their homework before buying

I saw a half hide for 40 bucks and bought it not knowing a thing about leather. Smart move no?
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40 bucks though, its not like its a big loss. Thats cheap for a half hide, regardless of the grade. I sell half hides of leftovers for $100, and thats still pretty cheap.
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Old 11-03-2003, 05:30 PM
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http://www.justleather.com/

Check these guys out, the one I bought was Bargain Basement but the only flaw was on the outside edge. It is really an awesome looking piece. They have some pretty good deals.
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