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Does Anyone Happen To Know?!

Discussion in 'Leather & Kydex Tools and Equipment' started by Shadnuke, May 4, 2020.

  1. Shadnuke

    Shadnuke Disabled dreamer...

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    Does anyone happen to what type of foam is used in the Kydex presses? I'm assuming it's a type that handles a bit higher of temperatures, but does anyone know what type of foam it is?
     
  2. tmr

    tmr New Member

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    use a closed cell foam at least a inch thick.......a good source is kneeling pads they sell at garden centers......I always put a piece of cloth between the foam and the kydex as a heat barrier on both sides as i have seen the kydex want to stick to the foam on occasion probably when i was a little hot on the kydex temp....no problems when i use the cloth
     
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    tmr New Member

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    also instead of using eyelets try two sided tape between the layers and use chicago screws instead .......looks great and you can get a great selection of coloured screws for good price at amazon......also don't need arbor press
     
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  4. Shadnuke

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    Thanks! I saw a video on YouTube quite awhile back, and couldn't find it. The guy had bought a roll of closed cell foam, and it was sort cheap for the roll. I ordered a couple pieces from Amazon for like 20 bucks, but good knows if and when I'll get the order. I'll call around and see if any of the upholstery places here in town have any better quality foam, compared to the dollar store kneeling boards. I got a semi decent moulding from some floor padding, but it wasn't as crisp as I was hoping. So maybe I'll grab some of the thicker ones and see if that makes any difference.
     
  5. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Well after this post I found out I have an account with a distributor in Canada for foam.

    I was just looking at the Cross Linked Polyethylene - 4LB Charcoal in 1 1/2" thick, available from 1/4" up to 4" in 24" x 48"
    2 lb is light and soft up to 6 Lb that is stiff so I chose 4 Lb as mid range.

    So question of the day seeing as a 2'x4' press is unlikely what size would everyone prefer ?
    I have no problem cutting the sheet size down to a more functional size, have a press set up for clicker dies and steel rule order going in the end of this month.

    The foam construction and density will affect definition so a little research towards that may be needed. Also not a high turnover item however the foam can be used for shoe makers, cobblers and leather forming.
    with this many market segments I think stocking the foam is a good idea.
    This foam is also used in Cosplay armor and leather armor used in fighting.

    All input is welcome in regards to the foam type and thickness.

    I will be getting into clicker die construction some time this summer so I will be able to supply pre-cut parts like straps, pouches, sheaths and anything else that pops up
     
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    Griff Active Member

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  7. Shadnuke

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    That's great to know!! I just ordered an actual press from knife kits, and have some foam coming from China, but who knows when it will be here. I'll likely order some from you in the future, so that's awesome to know that I have access within Canada! Thanks John!
     

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