Oval hole punch for leather strap?

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    Oval hole punch for leather strap?

    Hi I bought a Panatime strap from another user and only realised once I got it that my puny wrists require additional holes punching in it.

    This is the strap: http://www.panatime.com/24bobrvideoi.html

    I want to do my best to get 2 new holes that match the existing oval holes, but the only tools I've seen here in the UK are for doing round holes.

    I was considering getting one of these round hole punches and using a wrench to squeeze the round punch into an oval...

    Before I go this route, does anyone know how I can approach this better and do the job properly?

    thanks

    Russ
    Last edited by mrvectrex; January 19th, 2009 at 11:29.

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    Re: Oval hole punch for leather strap?

    Sorry guys, a little searching revealed this question had been asked before - I'll try to do that before posting next time

    the one thing I'd say though is if anyone has a source of the appropriate tool here in the UK I'd appreciate it. I think the thing that will kill this project is the cost of buying and shipping from the USA...

    cheers,

    Russ

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    Re: Oval hole punch for leather strap?

    So what is the tool's name? Oval hole puncher?
    Sometimes to order and buy from USA is cheaper than to buy in UK, so don't give up.

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    Re: Oval hole punch for leather strap?

    Tandy has an oval punch.
    "Gentlemen, we should synchronize our watches."




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    Re: Oval hole punch for leather strap?

    Okay, anyone wondering what to do if they are in the same situation...here's what I did.

    The strap holes on the Panatime strap are oval. I could not find an oval punch here in the UK so I bought one of these from a local hardware store for £8:

    http://www.avenuesupplies.co.uk/inde...pid=4987&sid=1

    (yeah, that's cheaper, but has post and packing and a wait associated with it!!)

    Then I used an adjustable wrench to gently squeeze one of the punches into an oval shape.

    Measured the distance between the existing holes on the strap (7mm center of hole to center of hole) and marked with a Sharpie.

    I then very carefully "teased" the surface of the leather with the punch to make sure I was in the right place...i.e. just apply a tiny amount of pressure to leave an indentation.

    Then, when you are sure you are in the right place, punch the hole.

    Now, I'm not going to say they are IDENTICAL to the original oval holes on the strap, but they are close enough. If I have another go, and wanted to sacrifice another of the punches, I reckon I could get it spot on.

    Moral of the story: Work out what size strap you need before buying

    Very pleased with the Panatime strap and got a good deal from the other WUS user.

    Russ

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    Re: Oval hole punch for leather strap?

    A little late for a reply on this one, if you need an oval punch in the future you can try Cousins UK http://www.cousinsuk.com/catalog/6/0/1111.aspx

    Randy

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    Re: Oval hole punch for leather strap?

    Gah! Now you tell me...

    ah well, thanks for the info...

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