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Old 10-07-2012, 10:50 AM
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DIY Kydex...picture heavy

This morning I decided I needed a new holster for my Les Baer to match my Larry Davidson grips that just came in and I decided to do a little photo tutorial just incase someone out there wants to try there hand at making them one. Kydex is very easy to work with and it doesn't take a lot of expensive equipment or a large shop to do. All the material used was purchased online at one place which I will be glad to give along with detailed material lists if someone needs it. Also if you want to try your hand at it I will be glad to help you with any question you may have. I DO NOT want to sell any on here, there are some great holster makers that are sponsers here so if you want to buy one go to them, this is only for the ones who want to try there hand at making one. All pictures were taken with my iPhone so if they suck sorry.

This is the gun I will be using, a 3 month old Les Baer Custom Carry.


First order of business is to wipe off all oil and tape it up not only for protection but also to make the holster slightly oversized to prevent rubbing all the finish off when drawing, I use at least 3 or 4 layers of blue painters tape




Next I heat the Kydex in my little Walmart oven. I go 250* for about 5 minutes. I will check it at about 4 minutes to see if it's soft enough.



Now let's put it in the homemade press



Clamp it down really tight for about 45 minutes



This is what comes out

Front

Back


.......to be continued
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:03 AM
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Next is marking for holes and laying it out to cut to your desired shape. I drill these holes to 1/4"




This is what you get, not bad but not done



Off to the grinder, or sander if you choose to finish shaping


Next transfer the lines from the front sheet to the back by tracing the outline. Use soap stone for this because it cleans up easier, if you use a lead pencil it is hard to get off especially if you have to reheat the Kydex for adjustments



After marking the back I trim it with tin snips to within about an 1/8" of the line then install 1/4" bolts in the holes to attach the front to the back then to the grinder(or sander) and use the front as a template to shape the back



Now let's wash it off real good with soap and water



Time to install the eyelets. This is my fancy eyelet tool




...to be continued
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:21 AM
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Next I take my Dremel tool and polish the two edges together, this makes for a nice edge.



Now you have this




Now let's start some belt loops. For this I use .125" Kydex instead of the .080 I use for the holster, makes some strong loops. I start with 3/4" strips 6" long. I heat with a heat gun and bend around my piece of wood until cool.
Then drill it for screws.





This is what you get



Now it's time to bend the edges of the holster to fit your body. I use a strip heater but I have used a heat gun and even a small torch to heat it





....to be continued
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:22 AM
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When the Kydex is hot and soft I stick in in my vice to bend it, this can be done with a board or even by hand




Loops installed



This shows the contour




.....to be continued
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:29 AM
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Now the finished product




Notice the shelf for the thumb safety



Now wearing it. I am 5'5" in boots and 155lbs for reference






It took about 10 minutes to prep the gun and cut the Kydex before heating. 5 minutes in the oven, 45 minutes in the press then about 30 minutes to finish after taking the molded pieces out of the press so about 1.5 hours total time to make from start to finish.
Questions and comments welcome. Comments both good and bad excepted.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:25 PM
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hunts4food - thank you for taking us on that pictorial journey! It's simply outstanding work! How comfortable is it to wear?
I am currently looking for options for both OWB and IWB holsters for my Springfield EMP 40...
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:00 PM
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It is comfortable enough to wear all day and forget you have it on. As for IWB I have made kydex and it worked great but I personally prefer my Milt Sparks VMII for IWB.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:50 PM
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Well done! Thanks for the tutorial!
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:42 PM
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Very Well Done! could you PM the names of the suppliers? I'm interested in making some knife sheaths.

Thanks


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Old 10-07-2012, 03:47 PM
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Wow great job!
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:54 PM
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Nice work. Love me some homemade Kydex
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:54 PM
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Very Well Done! could you PM the names of the suppliers? I'm interested in making some knife sheaths.

Thanks


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PM sent.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:57 PM
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Nice work. Love me some homemade Kydex
Thanks bud, I've seen yours as well and it looks great. So far I've done around 150 holsters in with my little setup
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:58 PM
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Thanks! Here I had thought it required a vacuum former. I may try to make one for my multi tool that has destroyed its sheath, and now I have a much better idea of how it's done. Much appreciated.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:54 PM
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You did one fine job of showing us how to do it. I'm going to try it myself.
Thanks for the information. Jerry
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:11 PM
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You did one fine job of showing us how to do it. I'm going to try it myself.
Thanks for the information. Jerry
I sent you a list, let me know if you need anything else.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:32 PM
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Great job, I've messed with it some but nothing like yours. Please send me the list.
Thanks,
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:37 PM
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Great job, I've messed with it some but nothing like yours. Please send me the list.
Thanks,
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I copied and pasted it in a PM. If it doesn't work let me know.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:41 PM
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Awesome job! I don't have the patients or nerves to try such a project. Have always wanted too.

Need my address so I can put that through a torture test for you?
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:47 PM
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Awesome job! I don't have the patients or nerves to try such a project. Have always wanted too.

Need my address so I can put that through a torture test for you?
You can do it, it aint' like you can mess anything up. Just reheat it and do it again
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:17 PM
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Looks good. But u could save yourself alot of time. Buy a bandsaw, belt sander, and a 6in buffer polisher. I can go from molding to finished, buffered, and melted edgers in 10 minutes
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:50 AM
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Looks good. But u could save yourself alot of time. Buy a bandsaw, belt sander, and a 6in buffer polisher. I can go from molding to finished, buffered, and melted edgers in 10 minutes
I have all those except a bandsaw. I've been thinking about getting one to try it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:09 PM
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Finally !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some Kydex.

And may I say, very awsome
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:17 PM
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Nice finished product. Thanks for taking the time to show us how you made it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:31 PM
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Its been a while since the last post but thanks for the tutorial.
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