Watch Jimmy DiResta make this cool canvas and leather tool bag

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12 Responses to “Watch Jimmy DiResta make this cool canvas and leather tool bag”

  1. jsd says:

    These videos are mesmerizing. The hatchet one is awesome.

  2. I love this guys stuff, but running cloth covered in spray glue through a sewing machine isn’t gong to do wonders for the machine long term. Just saying…

  3. sockdoll says:

    Fascinating to watch, but I’ll continue buying my tote bags at thrift shops for a dollar because like The Dude, I am a lazy man.

  4. Running adhesive through a machine can indeed slow the needle and really screw up the inner workings/timing. A buff critter like an industrial Juki can take a lot more abuse, however.

    I am more concerned by the text note that this is a bi-monthly video appearing every other Wednesday. Bi-monthly (“bi” = “two”) means every two months; the word you seek is semi-monthly (“semi” = “half,” as two weeks is roughly half a month).

  5. Chesterfield says:

    I think what ends up taking my projects so much longer to complete are the trips to the emergency room to get shrapnel removed after the spray adhesive can explodes in the fire. 

  6. j9c says:

    Seams, esp. in an application like a bag meant to carry heavy stuff, should be avoided because sooner or later seams fail. I dunno if I’d be up for his design, though I can’t quibble on his choice of materials. Why did he opt for seams for both the canvas bottom and the leather bottom as well? Why o why did he cut that leather into two halves and then sew the two halves back together when he could have done it in one unbroken (and more robust) piece? Lookit the size of that leather stock (the skin) he’s working with–he had enough to do it a better way!

    A better design is LL Bean’s time-tested tote, including their version of the handles, which are much less likely to come away from the bag as they hold the load from the base, and the handles are continuous loops. Thusly:

    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/33381?feat=boat%20and%20totes-SR0&page=boat-and-tote-bag-open-top

    “Made in Maine for over 65 years and tested to hold over 500 pounds.”

    See how the strap(s) support from the base? They pass right between the white canvas bag and its bottom cover, the second (outer) layer of bag bottom protection.

    Nice sewing machine though. (Drool…)

  7. stasike says:

    He does *SO* many things wrong way.
    Horrible hack job.
    He has wasted lots of canvas and high quality leather, he is cutting canvas and expensive leather without any measuring and then throwing away the cuts.
    As one of previous posters said, Why did he have to make a stitch at the bottom? He could have used nice continuous piece of leather for extra strength.

    Just look at how he does the handles. Shudder. He should have used a ruler and make line to cut the cloth by, he wouldn’t have ended with a crooked shape.
    Also, sewing a cloth that was freshly glued is not a good practice.

  8. Bobby D. says:

    Cool to watch, I sure couldn’t do that. Having said that, it kind of looks like crap.

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