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Old 12-12-2013   #11
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Hot butter knife.

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Old 12-12-2013   #12
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Old 12-12-2013   #13
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I cut at an angle, start the melting process over a candle and then use an iron and an old cookie sheet to taper both sides pressing the strap with the iron against the cookie sheet. As has been stated, don't overheat it. Sometimes as I am tapering some string of melted strap extend out from the finished product. I cut these off with scissors.
The iron and cookie sheet were going to be thrown away so I am doing my best to recycle
You had me at 'Hey, Row'
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Old 12-12-2013   #14
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Thanks to everyone who responded. After reading the suggestions and not being able to talk my wife out of her iron or butter knife, I used a Bernz-O-Matic propane torch to heat the end of a putty knife. It worked well to cut off the frayed ends of the straps on an angle as well as ironing the last inch or so of the strap on both sides. I performed all the above on a metal topped worked bench. The results look good to me. This forum is always super helpful.
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This forum is always super helpful.
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