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From Stock to Custom Seat
Old 01-31-2007, 12:21 AM   #1
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From Stock to Custom Seat

Hi, I got a great deal of info and ways to get my bake in shape from here. Thank you very much and keep the motor running. Here is a good way to mess with the stock seat. Hope that helps or just give you an idea of what can happen to custom seat that just wants to be different. That is the seat of Erik AKA Corpsegrinder

1.Strip it and change the shape if you want. So you can see the build up on the front and the short back. Also there is a bit of shaving on the sides. Erik did great job shapping it him self.

2. I did cut a bit to lower the back since that was OK with Erik and the silhouette will be nice and lean. I used Hot Knife that why it looks burned. Also I did mark center to be able to align the pattern leather on. Small piece of the foam I cut off was added to the tail to covet the sharp edge from cutting the pan.

3. Now you need a pattern. Well that is where you want to make sure you check everything twice. I used some cotton fabric (non stretch). Did a cross in the middle to match the marking on the seat. Then pin it down by making sure it lays flat (do not make it super tight since the pattern will run small)

4. Add the side panel after marking the style lines (cutting line). I cut some of the material away since there is symmetry and all I need is one good half. Folf the edge of the top panel and tuck the thee under – that will help you mark the lines to the side panel.

5. Mark at least couple match points. I did all since is best to transfer to paper pattern. You need to end up with the same amount of marks on both pieces, it sucks if you miscount for some reason.

6. Now after all that just hold for 30 more min before opening a beer. You need a clear head. Transfer the fabric template to a paper pattern. Any big paper works. Just fold in half for the top panel and trace the outlines.

7. Now you can check the marking one more time and count the holes. I did mark the holes on the top 3/8” from the edge so I can get the lace to cross nicely. For the side piece I left Ό” SA (seam allowance) for the part that gets overlapped from the top layer. Do not forget to add 2” on the parts that go under the pan so you can stretch it well. Believe me you really need the 2” or you have no grip unless you are doing simple flat seat. For Our Best luck the SS 750 has a pretty hard shape to start with and the under pan crappy shapes do not help at all, but it is all god.

8. Cut the leather and punch all the holes. Take your time, do it right. I had change of hearts and did a bit extra designing on the nose that will look cool and will serve a purpose once I start shaping. That is natural veggie Belly Leather.

9.Get your leather wet if you want to toll it. Tons of try and error to get to know the right amount of moisture on. Best will be just before you notice that it starts drying. You can start tooling it.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:29 AM   #2
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10. Use that time to dye the other pieces that will be solid. You need to apply over dry leather.


11. Copy design and carve the hell out of it.

12. Let it dry good. I did some layering with the colors to get the deep red under glow. Red flat and (dry) Antique Black over and buffing like a mad man so the colors mix well.


13. Leisure time. I like doing the lacing, that is my home run. I do it all at once since it is pretty much counting the holes and making sure you keep the pattern going, and if I stop have to count the holes again. Do hot work in circle, it gets impossible to bend the leather on some curves. I did not mentioned but the top is 5 oz. leather and the sides are 3 oz. pretty serious thickness, but you can take the seat to your grave if you know what I mean. I will suggest using 3 oz. on top and 1-2 oz. on sides if you are going for more softer looking seat. But any way I did the back cross lace first.

14. From the back to the front each side. And see that last minute split on the front does look nice.

15. Stretching is where it gets funny. You know leather shrinks a bit while drying so keep in mind. I do wet the cover trough before adding it to the seat. One thin to be aware. Wet leather gets pretty much any marks and scratches from sharp objects, so keep clear from such. I use that towel you see as soft working area. To attach the leather to the pan staple gun works, but air driven one. Also some short flat heat screws like 8x1/2”. I like the look of the screws my self. Do not fix it down unless you ate sure that is the final place. You may need to do some ripples in order to fit the excess leather, just place it between two screws. Hammer it down once you are done to suppress it.


16. And here it is. Now let it dry (set) and apply some leather protection creams. TLC LEATHER BALM will keep your seat fresh forever. I did spray it with water repellant spray for leather as well. Does not get water proof but work very well, just do not leave your bike on the rain for two days☺




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Old 01-31-2007, 08:08 AM   #3
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Wow! man. This DEFINATELY should be a sticky! Theres is no way in hell I woulda been able to do that. I'm glad I ran into you man. You are a true craftsman when it comes to leatherwork and we all can see that in your post. Thanks a million bud.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:17 AM   #4
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Outstanding job, that seat looks great!
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:22 AM   #5
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man i wish i could do shit like that....... great job man!!!!
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:48 AM   #6
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WOW, Great how to!!!!

I agree with corpse, this should be a sticky.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:52 AM   #7
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GREAT FUCKIN POST MAD-MAN..
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Ok greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat job, but, what is the price to do something like that milen, zdravo sa floride
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:20 AM   #9
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Ok greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat job, but, what is the price to do something like that milen, zdravo sa floride
You would have to talk to him about that but its worth every penny!
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:50 AM   #10
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That's some damn fine work Mad Tailor! It's going to look kick ass on one of the nicest looking bikes on the forum. Nice addition Eric! BTW, I was doing a search on the forum the other day and ran across a couple of posts from you with pics of your bike.......before. Hehe, it's come a long way in a short time! I have to say, it's one of my favorites.
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