Introduction: Lacing Needle for Leatherwork Kits

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introMake a leather lacing needle, custom size
If you have a leather lacing project,the needles with the prongs are bothersome. It is nicer to have a needle that has the lace threaded into one end. You can buy these. They are also 1/8" in diameter. This is too large for a typical wallet leather kit.

This instructable tells how to make a thread in type of needle 3/32" in diameter, which fits the holes in the leather wallet kit I was lacing.

You will need:

Brass tubing, 3/32" from typical hobby shop.
2 pairs of pliers
small triangular file
A screw smaller than 3/32" dia. but too large to fit the inside diameter of the tubing.

Step 1: Cut Tube to Length

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Use cutters of pliers to trim tube to the desired length, 2 to 3 inches.

Step 2: Cut the Thread

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Use the screw as a thread cutting tap. You need a screw harder than the brass tube so anything but a brass screw should work. You could use screwdriver instead of the pliers. I didn't have the T4 size torx head screwdriver, so I used pliers.

This step took about 30 minutes.

Picture is a bit fuzzy, so it is hard to see the screw being held by the needle nose pliers.

Step 3: Preliminary Step to Forming Needle Tip.

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Use the traingular file to notch the point end of the needle. This is the opposite end of needle from the inside threads made in previous steps. I made three or four notches about half as deep as the diameter of the tubing.

Step 4: Form the Tip of the Needle

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Using the needle nose pliers, bend the tabs created by the filing. Bend the tabs together to form a blunt point. File smooth anything that sticks out.

Step 5: Insert Lace

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You can cut the tip of the lace to a point or short taper. Then thread the lace into the needle. The lace will now be held securely with the threaded end of the needle.

Comments

rascalking13 (author)2012-11-22

I've made a few lacing needles from an old rifle cleaning kit that I had laying around. The brass rods in it had six rods, 3@1/8 and 3@3/16 (iirc). They were female threaded on one end and male threaded at the other. I cut the female end of the rods off and sharpened the cut ends. So six already female threaded and 6 solid rods with male threads to be used later for whatever.

hjjusa (author)2011-09-11

Funny, I was jus looking through my stash to find tubing small enough to make a leather lacing needle. Came back in, sat down at my computer and find this. Found the tubing but not a screw yet. Nice to know brilliant minds think alike LOL. I was thinking of silver soldering a solid length of rod into the tubing and rounding it off though.

Weissensteinburg (author)2007-12-25

I never realized that they were so big...nice instructable.

sebgonz (author)Weissensteinburg2010-11-23

That's what she said...


Nice instructable, OP. Gonna have to use this one.

Fred82664 (author)2008-07-29

Nice I do lacing my self and this would make the job so much better, faster. I dread doing the lacing on most projects long and redundant part of any leather project. looks nice when finished but still yet I dread doing it on big projects

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-25

i know, i thought they were small too.. nice instructable too!

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