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Old 05-07-2006, 10:31 AM
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I am adding a small grab handle on the outside of the passenger bolster seat and I have to drill through the seat. Any tips for drilling the hole through the upholstery?

I was thinking using a utility knife to cut a small hole in the upholstery first and then drill through the seat frame so the bit doesn't catch on the upholstery. But, I don't want to learn the hard way here!
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I am adding a small grab handle on the outside of the passenger bolster seat and I have to drill through the seat. Any tips for drilling the hole through the upholstery?

I was thinking using a utility knife to cut a small hole in the upholstery first and then drill through the seat frame so the bit doesn't catch on the upholstery. But, I don't want to learn the hard way here!

No worries here......Just put a piece of thick tape over where you want to drill the hole and go withe a pilot head bit I just did this exact same thing and it worked out very well, the wife loves having the handles when it gets rough.

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run the drill in reverse until you are through all the fabric and padding, less chance of snagging the material and ripping it.
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No worries here......Just put a piece of thick tape over where you want to drill the hole and go withe a pilot head bit I just did this exact same thing and it worked out very well, the wife loves having the handles when it gets rough.

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Thanks! Put a couple pieces of duct tape on each side and c-clamped a piece of wood to the outside to keep pressure on the upholstery and it worked great!
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