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    lacing a brooks

    hello all,
    its about time i lace together the sides of my saddle so i turned to the wonderful interwebz for instruction. i read an account of someone who has used a drill to make the holes rather than a leather punch. Is this a good idea? or will it result in torn leather and much frustration? i'd rather not buy a leather punch since i have no other use for it.
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    You funny people and lacing your brooks.... good grief. Wouldn't it be uncomfortable on your feet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miket. View Post
    hello all,
    its about time i lace together the sides of my saddle so i turned to the wonderful interwebz for instruction. i read an account of someone who has used a drill to make the holes rather than a leather punch. Is this a good idea? or will it result in torn leather and much frustration? i'd rather not buy a leather punch since i have no other use for it.
    thanks for any help or suggestions
    -mike
    I would write to Brooks and ask them.They know more than anyone.They can tell you if it would work.Hope this helps

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    Do a google search for "lacing brooks saddle."

    Here is one link: http://www.wallbike.com/content/butchering.html
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    You can buy a leather punch for less than $10. It will leave nice, sharp, clean holes. The drill won't.

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    I had a friend drill mine, it looks clean as a whistle.

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    So I get the feeling you guys aren't a fan of the tension adjuster.

    Sheldon scare you away from it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    You can buy a leather punch for less than $10. It will leave nice, sharp, clean holes. The drill won't.
    Maybe you were using an old worn out drill bit. Mine turned out fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
    So I get the feeling you guys aren't a fan of the tension adjuster.
    The tension knob and lacing perform two different functions. More tension will not stop the sides from flaring, though lacing will firm up the top a bit but its real purpose is stopping the flaring

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    After buying a set of punches as well as a plier style punch, and failing with both tools to fully punch through my Team Pro, I took a drill to it. My holes came out clean because they'd already been started with the punches. I've no idea what will happen if you use only a drill.

    Don't rely on the Brooks logo for positioning your holes. The logos are stamped on by hand and are asymetrical.
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    thanks for the info everyone, i'm gonna go ahead and try drilling based on the positive remarks from Yan, roger, and maidenvoyage
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    Quote Originally Posted by miket. View Post
    thanks for the info everyone, i'm gonna go ahead and try drilling based on the positive remarks from Yan, roger, and maidenvoyage
    I suggest you make sure you use a nice sharp bit. Nothing turns out well with a crappy old bit unless sharp.
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    Maybe a Forstner bit would cut a nice clean hole? Available from a woodworking supplier..the one pictured below is a very large one- they come in many sizes.

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    Last edited by bobframe; 02-27-10 at 05:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miket. View Post
    thanks for the info everyone, i'm gonna go ahead and try drilling based on the positive remarks from Yan, roger, and maidenvoyage
    Use a pointed razor blade to clean the edges of the holes if you use a drill bit.

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    You want a harder Brooks?

    Try a brad point drill bit.

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    drill works great. also, make sure you drill the holes where you need them. you don't need to follow someone else's instructions. i drilled 2 in each side of mine and that's all i needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illwafer View Post
    drill works great. also, make sure you drill the holes where you need them. you don't need to follow someone else's instructions. i drilled 2 in each side of mine and that's all i needed.
    +1, do what you need, you can always add more holes.
    I put a few before and after the seatpost clamp area. I also supported the leather with a scrap wood backing, but I don't know if that helped make the hole cleaner. It just made drilling easier.

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