Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Homemade tab

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Pinwheel 10-Nov-17
George D. Stout 10-Nov-17
cubdrvr 10-Nov-17
Pinwheel 10-Nov-17
Dan W 10-Nov-17
Rick Barbee 10-Nov-17
Bob Rowlands 10-Nov-17
Mountain Man 10-Nov-17
2 bears 10-Nov-17
Pinwheel 11-Nov-17
Douglas Tubbs 11-Nov-17
Bowlim 11-Nov-17
Bowlim 11-Nov-17
Bowlim 11-Nov-17
Mountain Man 11-Nov-17
GF 11-Nov-17
Jim Keller 11-Nov-17
Thumper 11-Nov-17
Sailor 11-Nov-17
Sailor 11-Nov-17
Bowlim 11-Nov-17
Bowlim 11-Nov-17
Bowlim 11-Nov-17
Thumper 11-Nov-17
Bowlim 11-Nov-17
Sherwood Poacher 11-Nov-17
bowyer45 11-Nov-17
fullcircle 11-Nov-17
Dubber 11-Nov-17
Dubber 11-Nov-17
Codjigger 11-Nov-17
Ulmar 11-Nov-17
2 bears 12-Nov-17
Babysaph 12-Nov-17
Pinwheel 12-Nov-17
From: Pinwheel
Date: 10-Nov-17

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Anyone make their own tabs? Over the last 30 years I have tried just about every tab out there. I have been making my own for about 10 years now. Every once in awhile I still buy and try others, but I keep going back to the ones I make. I use a thin layer of leather for the backing material and a thicker tight grained leather for the face. I stitch and glue the layers together. Makes for a simple yet durable tab. If you make your own post up a picture. Thanks

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Nov-17




I like seeing folks make many of their own accessories...very cool.

From: cubdrvr
Date: 10-Nov-17

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Mine is 2 layer same leather so I can shoot both left and right with it.

From: Pinwheel
Date: 10-Nov-17




I really enjoy making as much of my gear as I can. I just picked up some more leather today, so I should be able to make enough tabs to last the rest of my life.

From: Dan W
Date: 10-Nov-17

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Made these many years ago. One left (cordovan) & one right (Good hunk of cowhide) Very simple; just a sharp blade & good leather. Better than all my store bought ones.

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 10-Nov-17

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I make all my own.

Here's the last one I made.

Rick

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 10-Nov-17




I thought you were out of biz Rick?

From: Mountain Man
Date: 10-Nov-17

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Hahaha,,,i herd Rick died couple months ago ; )

It must be a marketing thing : 0

Ive made some,,,no where near as good as Ricks

From: 2 bears
Date: 10-Nov-17




Rick was it planned or did it just turn out that the stitching and the back of the tab form a B Pretty cool either way.>>--->Ken

From: Pinwheel
Date: 11-Nov-17




Great looking tabs. For those that don't make their own, what is your favorite?

From: Douglas Tubbs
Date: 11-Nov-17




I make and use the same exact tab as Dan W. Used these for years/works for me.

From: Bowlim
Date: 11-Nov-17

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Here are a few tabs I have made for myself. They are all sized for me despite the variation in size. The two I prefer are the two in the upper left. The lower right is an old Saunders I customized going way back, at least 20 years, maybe 20. The white tabs are made of a material I tracked down that is supposed to be similar to the plastic in the Saunders tabs, but it isn't all that similar.

From: Bowlim
Date: 11-Nov-17

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Back views.

From: Bowlim
Date: 11-Nov-17




Lets keep the thread on DIY tabs, there are plenty of threads on tabs that people bought and what they thought of them.

From: Mountain Man
Date: 11-Nov-17

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From: GF
Date: 11-Nov-17




“Lets keep the thread on DIY tabs”

I believe everybody has been doing that so far; just some people got MAD SKILLZ!

I did make one for my boys; used a SAM for the pattern and scaled it down on a copier....

From: Jim Keller
Date: 11-Nov-17

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Here's what I make. Cordovan on top of reg leather. Jim

From: Thumper
Date: 11-Nov-17




Maybe dumb question, but for Bowlim and others:

How do you stitch through the thick leather on the tabs with the rigid type palm plate? One of those wood handled speedy stitcher deals? Big sewing machine?

I have a Safari Tuff tab that I really like, but have been wanting to make my own with a couple changes.

Thanks to everyone for sharing, some really good looking tabs y'all have made.

From: Sailor
Date: 11-Nov-17

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I have always used Bateman Cordovan tabs and awhile back lost one so I didn't have a back up. I decided to make a tab just for a backup until I could get another Bateman. I liked my homemade tab so well I have switched to it over the Bateman. I have made several variations and like them all.

From: Sailor
Date: 11-Nov-17

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Another variation.

From: Bowlim
Date: 11-Nov-17

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Thumper, I have a huge sewing machine, but that is a recent acquisition, I have done similar work for a long time by hand, it does take longer. A tab is a small project, but whether I would have wanted to knock out a bunch of prototypes if each one was a bit of a struggle, I don't know. The process you want to YOutube is "Saddle Stitching" I find it tough to get each pass of the needles through, that is probably because I am not using enough of a hole for the needles. if you don't give it the awl, you will pay for it on the fingers.

This is the first heavy piece of work I remember making, I still use this knife and sheath today. I did it when I was about 20, which is 38 years ago. Still holds up, and the only part I don't like is the first stitch I took in the toe. So you can do serviceable work right out of the gate, and the instructions are better today.

From: Bowlim
Date: 11-Nov-17

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I will include another non-tab picture to illustrate a point. This is a holder I made for bear spray. A quick job before departing for bear country. You can see the beautiful stitching, but what I was careful not to show was the toe of the holder where the stitching almost ran completely off the piece. I set my stitches too close to the the edge and given that the material was 24 oz thick at that point, the foot on the machine toppled off to the side, ruining the project. It was the last row of stitching in the project. Well the bears can't tell...

But that would never have happened with hand stitching. And I could never have run up a prototype in an hour from design through to final product, oiled at a later date. But you might think you want a sewing machine, until you get one. I know guys who have never figured out how to use theirs. And I know of guys who do some of the fanciest gear you will ever see, all hand sewn. Hand sewing is supposed to be stronger, not sure about that, but it sure isn't weaker, or less attractive.

From: Bowlim
Date: 11-Nov-17




To answer specifically the speedy stitcher question, I don't think they are all that great. First of all they produce a lockstitch, which is what sewing machines do, that is the weak point of machine sewing. Where machine sewing compensates for that is with incredibly strong thread, which isn't really the kind of thread they use in the SS. I don't think the stitching is as attractive as saddle stitching, which is the form they use on those 20K handbags. And the SS costs more to get into, and weighs more even in an emergency kit. All you need is some thread, needles, wax, and an awl. A star wheel to lay out your pattern is nice. And if you want to get spendy a tool for cutting multiple holes is nice. But unless you make those, they are expensive. Ebay, leather pricking irons is the search.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/mlgAAOSw14JZi04B/s-l1600.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=saddle+stitching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6HOhqaVXW0

From: Thumper
Date: 11-Nov-17




Wow, that's a ton of great info. Thank you very much Bowlim! That looks like some great work you have done as well.

Hope the other guys can use the info too, I certainly can and thank you very much.

From: Bowlim
Date: 11-Nov-17




Glad it helps.

I should say if you have a Speedy Stitcher, it isn't as though they won't work. They will for sure, and the stitching on a tab isn't heavily stressed. I only lay into them because I don't think they are better than simpler and cheaper methods. And lighter methods too, since some people carry them into the wilderness.

From: Sherwood Poacher
Date: 11-Nov-17




Where can I get some cordovan leather to make a split finger tab ?

From: bowyer45
Date: 11-Nov-17




I make mine from the tongues of old hunting boots, they work great! single layer only.

From: fullcircle
Date: 11-Nov-17

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This is mine. Thin leather face with kangaroo leather back. Awesome.

From: Dubber
Date: 11-Nov-17




Made

From: Dubber
Date: 11-Nov-17

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Made these from a wallet

From: Codjigger
Date: 11-Nov-17

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I take scrap seal pelt and laminate it to leather, maybe even two thicknesses to get it as i like, using contact cement, then i use a tab i have for a pattern clamping it berween boards. When it has set, i cut it to shape with a scissors. A winters project among others. Sandy

From: Ulmar
Date: 11-Nov-17




For stiching a small project look into "Diamond Lacing Stitching Chisel Set Leather Craft Kits" I used one to do a holster.

Not fast, but it worked.

Also some needles are a good idea.

From: 2 bears
Date: 12-Nov-17




Since my hands are so messed up with arthritis,I drill all the holes. Still use the double needle saddle stitch. You have seen a cut thread you could pull and unravel the whole thread? That is the lock stitch a sewing machine uses. A saddle stitch won't pull and unravel.>>>----> Ken

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 12-Nov-17




Those tabs are all nice bit I like the rubber thing in the middle of a can't pinch tab.

From: Pinwheel
Date: 12-Nov-17




Great homemade tabs everyone.





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