By Zack Smith
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My wallet designI made my current wallet by simple experimentation using wholesale leather hide, a hole puncher, and strong waxed thread. This wallet is the second one I've made, I've used it for 9 years continuously, and because I used thick leather it will surely last another 9 years or more.
In the case of my first wallet, which had the same basic design but was smaller, I used for 2 years before I decided it was too small to tolerate. It was however equally durable and would have lasted many years as well.
- Thick leather, maybe $5 to $10 worth, for the exterior. I used 6-ounce, which is quite thick and rigid but 4 ounce should be fine.
- A strip of pig's leather for the interior pocket.
- Leather hole puncher. This should cost $7 at a hardware store.
- An exacto knife to cut the leather, a pencil and rule to make lines. A wood carving knife will do.
- Bee's wax.
- Thick thread.
- Olive oil, canola oil or a similar nontoxic oil to coat the exterior.
- You first have to decide how large your wallet will be, then cut the two main pieces to that size.
- Next, if you will want external credit-card-sized pouches like I've put on mine, cut those to that size plus some room to accommodate the holes and the inflexibility of the leather.
- Now use the hold puncher to go around the edges wherever there will be thread. I spaced holes about 1/4 inch apart.
- Cut the inner pig-skin to a diagonal shape or however else you want it.
- Use the waxed thread to assemble the wallet.
- Apply oil to the outside surface to preserve the outer leather. I used either canola or olive oil, and have only had to re-oil the surface once in 6 years, again using an edible oil.