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Old May 10th, 2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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DIY Kydex Holster

First attempt at making at kydex OWB holster turned out ok. Let me know what you think?
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Old May 10th, 2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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looks great!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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looks great!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 04:36 PM   #4
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how do you mold it? do you have to heat it?


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Old May 10th, 2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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Pretty damn sweet...the bracelet and hat I mean. Seriously, thanks for sharing. Nice work.


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Old May 10th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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how do you mold it? do you have to heat it?
It's 0.80 Kydex that I heated up in the oven slowly starting out at 220, then in increments upto 340-350 which is optimum temp for working with kydex. I then used some foam padding, boards, and clamps in book press style to mold it onto the gun.

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Looks good! Howd u dress the edges? Power buffer, sand paper + acetone...something else? What kind of press setup did you use? Gun case foam, 2 boards and a couple c-clamps or something else? Toaster oven and laser-thermometer for slow controlled heating? What did your jig look like for the bends? 1x2 screwed to edge of work bench with a spacer?


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Old May 10th, 2013, 05:08 PM   #8
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Pretty damn sweet...the bracelet and hat I mean. Seriously, thanks for sharing. Nice work.
Thanks man.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 05:08 PM   #9
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If you're willing to make it for others, let me know how much you would charge. Great work.


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Old May 10th, 2013, 05:14 PM   #10
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Looks good! Howd u dress the edges? Power buffer, sand paper + acetone...something else? What kind of press setup did you use? Gun case foam, 2 boards and a couple c-clamps or something else? Toaster oven and laser-thermometer for slow controlled heating? What did your jig look like for the bends? 1x2 screwed to edge of work bench with a spacer?

Sounds like you've tried it before yourself.... The sanding and buffing technique i'm still working on. My edges are ok but I'd like them to be a little more polished. I started off wet sanding then a combo of fine grit sanding and polishing with the buffing wheel. I used a neoprene type foam with two wood boards and c-clamps in book press style. Cooked the kydex in the oven (well see my last post). For the bending I just rigged two of my smaller c-clamps and some 1x2 (not ideal) but I'm going to work on making a jig for that and the holster loops.
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I have seen quite a few do it yourself at home kydex holsters and this is by far the best looking one ever.


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If you're willing to make it for others, let me know how much you would charge. Great work.
It's a strong possibility. I would like to avoid using each person's real gun by making the mold with a blue gun/training replica but those cost about $40 so guys on here would have to show me some strong interest in custom OWB holsters for me to make those kinds of investments upfront.

Either way, I'm going to keep making them. I'm planning on making a weapon-light capable mold for my G17. I'll post up when it's done.

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Sounds like you've tried it before yourself.... The sanding and buffing technique i'm still working on. My edges are ok but I'd like them to be a little more polished. I started off wet sanding then a combo of fine grit sanding and polishing with the buffing wheel. I used a neoprene type foam with two wood boards and c-clamps in book press style. Cooked the kydex in the oven (well see my last post). For the bending I just rigged two of my smaller c-clamps and some 1x2 (not ideal) but I'm going to work on making a jig for that and the holster loops.
Sweet. U have a scrollsaw to work with or just score and bend? A scroll saw would make life much easier for cuts. U ever try bending the belt loops like persec's pancake loops?
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You may have to bump up the thickness of kydex used, but I like their design.


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I have seen quite a few do it yourself at home kydex holsters and this is by far the best looking one ever.
Thanks man, it was a rough start but as it progressed it was really enjoyable. Great thing about kydex is you can always start over if you mess up and it's self-healing abilities with heat are really....well, cool.

I'm really happy that my first try was actually useable. I gave myself alot of room to work with on the molds so when I messed up I could still fix it.

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Sweet. U have a scrollsaw to work with or just score and bend? A scroll saw would make life much easier for cuts. U ever try bending the belt loops like persec's pancake loops?
http://www.psholsters.com/
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You may have to bump up the thickness of kydex used, but I like their design.
I do have a scroll saw (for tighter cuts after molding) but for the initial layout I score and bend. I've seen those holster loops and I'll probably give'em a go on one my next designs. This time around I used the .80 kydex same as the holster itself but I had planned on using .93 or .125 for future holster loops. Great suggestions! Thanks.
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Feel free to borrow my M25 P226 with rail for a mold or my Sig 1911


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Did a holster for my m&p the other night. Still have to finish it up and may give it another go. Doing some bladetech style ar mag carriers as we speak.

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Old October 24th, 2013, 10:57 PM   #18
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I would like some more info on this too. I like your work, and I may want you to do one or three for me if you start doing that. I saw the kits for $24.95 on knifekits.com, but what else is necessary. I haven't bothered to do a youtube search yet, but will.
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It's a strong possibility. I would like to avoid using each person's real gun by making the mold with a blue gun/training replica but those cost about $40 so guys on here would have to show me some strong interest in custom OWB holsters for me to make those kinds of investments upfront.

Either way, I'm going to keep making them. I'm planning on making a weapon-light capable mold for my G17. I'll post up when it's done.

Thanks again.
I'd be interested in one for my USP with UTL attached. I would have no issue bringing you the real gun and light to do it, as it's a LE trade in with some wear on it anyway.


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once I get it right, I will be making one for my usp next.
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