|I understand your fears. I'm a sloppy boot-driller myself. It never hurt that I had to extend the holes. That's where the plates (or washers) in the boot come in. They prevent the bolts from ripping through the boot. I never experienced this horror scenario. Your work seems to be so much more precise than mine. Claudine is very good at precision drilling of boots. Gambin is also very experienced, having built lots of skates. So is Rollergirl.