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Messages - SteveA

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Doyle we hope our younger guys will take our advice - over the years I collected nice pieces that I was saving for the kids.  10-12 pieces up in the attic that were causing cracks in the sheet rock below.  Now tht my guys have all moved away - no one wanted pieces made from solid wood.  I gave the pieces  away to friends just to get them out of the attic.  Made room for the rolls of dacron and foam - burlap etc.  They buy the stuff that you see at the curbs after a few years -

Service work is a nice fill in for me.  And it's true these companies look to get away under $ 150.00 sometimes - When the amount allowed is too little I ask them is it cheaper to replace the piece - trucking both ways - and there is always the possibility the new piece is worse - folks at this point are tired of waiting.   95 % of the time they increase the amount allowed.  When they don't I will hold the call until I have something in the area this way I go along with the account to get it done under budget and not endanger future work

General Discussion / Re: Joe Camel
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:57:06 AM »
The base is finally done.  After glue up I used Timber-mate to fill in some small voids.  Qualasole with earth pigments - browns and a tiny bit of mahogany followed by 3-4 spray can coats of clear flat lacquer.  Didn't need rubbing or waxing - looked just right.  Hope that's enough zoo animals for rest of the spring.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:52:51 AM »
I'm sure you were holding your breath as well - I know I'd be thinking if there is one spot or nick anywhere on this job I'm going to kill someone. 
Those sofas are of the highest quality restoration anyone could ask for.  Did they consider a light glaze to contrast the white paint.

I can't do the double welt in one shot.  I sew up long stands of the single welt taking care to 45 the joints than I sew the strands together.  I could see the time saver the other way.  I got to look for a video on Boob Tube for me to watch

When anyone mentions antique furniture - I'm listening.  Folks today don't appreciate the hand work of vintage pieces.  This goods were made better than furniture will ever be made again. Antique furniture is not going away but (the category)  brown furniture or antique furniture is out of style and Antiques are dirt cheap now.  It's time to buy because prices will go back up.  Every year older pieces are lost, damaged, burned, cannibalized, re purposed and less and less pieces will mean higher prices.  These new furniture on line places like Ashley, Mayfair, Ikea, Ramoure + Flanagan, furniture direct, etc are producing sub par quality goods but catering to a market that can't get enough.
Every piece that gets repaired will preserve that item for another generation and I would like to believe folks will once again appreciate our colonial beginnings, collect + preserve these treasurers with the respect they deserve 

General Discussion / Re: Saw Tooth
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:02:24 PM »
Don't like my file cabinets ?  I'll have to paint them all the same color :)

General Discussion / Re: Friday Funny
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:01:04 PM »
50 Shades of Grey for Seniors

Back and forth. . . in and out. . . in and out . . . a little to the right. . .a little to the left . . . she could feel the sweat on her forehead. . . between her breasts and trickling down the small of her back. . . she was getting near to the end.
He was in ecstasy. . . with a huge smile on his face as his wife moved. . . forwards then backwards. . forward then backward again. . . and again. . . her heart was pounding now. . . her face was flushed. . . she moaned softly at first, then began to groan louder. . . finally, totally exhausted, she let out a piercing scream. . .
"OK, OK, you smug bastard! I can't parallel park. You do it!"

General Discussion / Re: Re-staining brightwork
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:36:13 AM »
I haven't used the General finishes Gel stain but if it's oil based it will work well.  I stay away from the water based products. 
If you want the color to go on a little stronger don't stir the contents.  With a spoon go down to the bottom of the can and dig out the good stuff


General Discussion / Re: Re-staining brightwork
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:25:54 AM »
Hardwoods do not take stain well especially oil based stains. Some woods just take stain blotchy.   Dyes are better on hardwoods and woods that blotch but they are difficult to learn how to apply and control.
Try a gel stain. Much easier -  After the first gel stain coat apply shellac - let dry and if the wood isn't dark enough put on another layer of gel stain.  You can do this multiple times until your color has the depth you're looking for.  Final coat would be a poly

 all cutting tools will need sharpening at some point and I know you have a busy shop.  Maybe loosing the pressed wood will help.  The cutter would do better if the opposing end of the fabric is against a hard surface.  When i bought my cutter it came with a hard plastic platform which I continue to use in lieu of wood. 
I don't know if you send your scissors out for sharpening however they may be able to do your cutters.  Also on your own you can take some 320 silicone carbide black paper and touch up the edge without fear of doing too much instead of with a grinder wheel

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:14:42 PM »
Kody a customer asked me for an estimate on a wing chair recover.  I picked up the cushion and the label said Ladd Furniture Inc.  I hoped it was yours but it said North Carolina. 
Your name has ties to the Furniture trade in the south ?


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Non-compete Agreement
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:10:00 AM »
Ethical + Honest is what we should expect but people will let you down  - litigation is expensive and maybe their assets are protected but I still enjoy reading your words when your blood pressure is up. 
Years ago there was a guy in NYC who did leather tooling - he was the best and many of the refinishers subbed out to him.  When he was ready to retire a lady asked to buy the business and she would work hand in hand at his side for 6 months before taking over.  No need to finish the story. 
About a year later I ran into him - then fully retired; and I inquired about taking a few lessons which I paid handsomely for.  Enough knowledge to get me by but for 6 months free learning that was criminal by her.  He was too upset to go after her  - she has a great business today - much larger than the old timer ever had.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Camel
« on: April 15, 2018, 09:48:22 AM »
When you think about the time spent by the earlier crafts-folk on any one project you shake your head in disbelief.  And when they needed lumber or fabric they couldn't call up Greenhouse or drop over to Lowes.  Working on old pieces usually reveals how they did things.  When items are re-created it's the greatest form of flattery - even though it's not period - doesn't mean it's not quality.  The learning is what I look forward too on these projects.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 15, 2018, 09:38:11 AM »
Ian this was a pair of Mid Century chairs - the seats were redone because the straps failed.  We kept the original foam and slip cover since the customer didn't want the expense to change those materials.  The slip cover is dark gray.  I wrapped all the foam with muslin glued on to help give the foam a few more years.  Only the straps on the seat had to be replaced - the stapler in the photo is the one I strained my hand using.  That finger is still messed up.

General Discussion / Re: Friday Funny
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:46:53 AM »
OLD people have problems that you haven't
> even considered yet!
> An 85-year-old man was told by the
> Doctor that he needed a sperm count as part of his physical exam.
> The doctor gave the man a jar and said, 'Take this jar
> home and bring back a semen sample tomorrow.'
> The next day the 85-year-old man
> reappeared at the doctor's office and gave him the jar,
> which was as clean and empty as on the  previous
> day.
> The doctor asked what happened and the man explained,
> 'Well, doc, it's like this -- first I tried with my
> right hand, but nothing.  Then I tried with my left
> hand, but still nothing.
> 'Then I asked my wife for help.  She tried with her
> right hand, then with her left, still nothing.  She
> tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in,then with her
> teeth out, still nothing.
> 'We even called up Arleen, the lady next door and she
> tried too, first with both hands, then an armpit, and she
> even tried squeezin' it between her knees, but still
> nothing.'
> The doctor was shocked!
> 'You asked your neighbor?'   
> The old man replied,
> 'Yep, none of us could get the jar
> open.'

General Discussion / Re: Joe Camel
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:38:31 AM »
The table top is oak the body walnut or teak - probably made under British rule

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