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Archive for June 5th, 2012

Belt Gluing

When I bought a new belt some months ago, I thought the lack of stitching meant it was made from a single strip of leather. Come to find out that it’s actually two strips glued together with something sticky that came un-done at the point where the belt passes through the buckle.

So I peeled a bit more apart, smoothed a thin layer of urethane glue (aka Gorilla Glue) inside, laid waxed paper on both side just in case the foam expanded beyond my wildest imagination, and clamped it together:

Belt clamping

Belt clamping

The glue layer turned out just about perfect, with only a few blobs sticking out the sides:

Belt with urethane glue blobs

Belt with urethane glue blobs

Those blobs snapped off easily enough and the belt works fine again.  We’ll see how long this one lasts…

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