Hand Tooled Leather Coffee Table Part 4

When I color this project I want to make sure that I have a rich mottled coloring. I’m going to start by applying two different colors of dye. One will be a yellow toned tan, the other will have red tones. Apply the dye with a wool applicator in circular motions. Once that is done and dry apply brown shoe polish and buff it out.


This is what it should look like once the leather is buffed out.


Let the leather sit for a full day before you apply the last colorant which in this case is a gold glaze. This was by request of the client that I made this table for. This glaze is also applied with a wool applicator so that you are sure to get the glaze into all of the crevices.


Buff out the leather one more time and place it on the table. In this case the  the leather will be held to the table by a heavy piece of glass.


I hope you have enjoyed this project and will try one yourself.

God Bless.

Hand Tooled Leather Coffee Table Part 3

Tooling this harder leather is actually easier than tooling the softer belly leather because it stays where you put it. It also means that mistakes are easier to make because there is no going back once you have sunk the tool into the leather.

I’m going to use a beveler, a pear shader, and 3 spot tools.


I’ll start the process with the bevel tool and bevel both sides of the cut lies.


After all of the beveling is done I’m going to use the pear shader to give the scrolls some depth then I will utilize the swivel knife again to cut in some detail into the scroll design, and cross hatch onto the crevices.


Lastly I’ll add the dots with the three sizes of spot tools. Then the tooling will be done.


Stay tuned for the coloring process.

Happy tooling!


Hand Tooled Leather Coffee Table Part 2

Now that I have the leather cut I’m going to draw out my design and transfer it to the leather. Because I’m following a design from a piece of fabric I’ll have to modify it slightly to make it work for the leather. Test the design on the leather to see if it fits properly.


Now transfer the design to the leather. Slightly dampen the leather so it will readily accept the design when you redraw it on the design paper.


Now that the design has been transferred being careful not to punch through the paper during the transfer, cut the design using your swivel knife. Be sure to hold the knife perfectly perpendicular to the leather while cutting so there is no undercut.


Stay tuned for the tooling process.

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Happy tooling!

Hand Tooled Leather Coffee Table

I really love unique furniture and I love it even better when I can design and make it myself. Tooling leather is one of my passions and I like trying new techniques and designs.

Today I’m starting a new design that will coordinate with a piece of upholstered furniture in the room.

First off I’m going to Select a piece of leather from the upper side of the hide. The leather is harder there and will tool more precisely. Once I have chosen the leather that I want to use for the project I’ll measure and cut it to fit the table that the leather will be adhered to.


Check the leather with the size of the table and when you are satisfied that the cutting is complete begin the next step.


Stay tuned for the next steps. This table is a design winner! Follow this blog to get automatic updates.

God Bless.