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When my father retired he set up a woodworking shop in half of his garage. My brother-in-law gave him a Shop Smith and it was the perfect size for that small space. Dad used it daily and could do almost anything with it.

When he passed I was looking forward to inheriting it. When it came time to divide his tools my Brother-in-law asked if he could have it back. What could I say? Of course I told him he could. :)

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General Discussion / Re: No Charge ?
« on: September 18, 2018, 08:06:03 PM »
Your intentions were good.
Your outcome is acceptable.
As usual with good intentions your profit is negligible.

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Sofa Doc you are very fortunate to have an accommodating welder so close to your shop.

The first thing Rose askes when giving an estimate on a recliner is how does the mechanism work. If there are any opening or closing problems she turns the job down.

My welding experience consists of 15 minutes during a construction class I took.

There is only one job I remember that needed welding. A metal frame bar stool with a broken foot rest. I took the job because my neighbor had welding equipment and he was always looking for something to do. He used a technique he called braze. Don't ask me what that means, all I know is it worked. 

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General Discussion / Re: Nocliner
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:12:22 PM »
I got to thinking about it and I have the same type cable in my van doors. Over the last two years and one by one they are breaking. The problem is just below the tip where the grove slides into the c shaped holding device. The plastic has disintegrated on every one. I've replaced 5 out of 6 cables

When Steve suggested the wood dowel trick I knew exactly what he meant. In order to open that right rear door I have to reach up in there and give the cable a good yank.

15 year old van. They don't make them like they use to.

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General Discussion / Re: Nocliner
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:23:00 AM »
Sofa left out one step and that is searching the internet for the right part. . It all takes time and most customers wonder why it costs so much for such an easy repair.

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General Discussion / Re: Nocliner
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:34:18 PM »
Might want to check some stores you do work for. A furniture store I do repairs for has a tool box full of recliner parts. 

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General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:23:42 AM »
I've noticed lately a lot of feather cushions mixed with dacron. I'm sure this helps to reduce the cost but I wonder about the feathers clumping with the dacron. We did a job recently for a decorator who had 4 feather/dacron cushions for a window seat. He needed 2 more and they had to be exactly the same. In a big box I mixed feathers with loose fill and stuffed it all into the insert. Worked like a charm. The nice thing about this method is it gives the feathers some density so you don't feel like you're bottoming out when you sit on it.

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General Discussion / Re: Restoration of Mother Mary painting.
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:31:26 AM »
Sitting here I can see many similarities with the upholstery and refinishing trade.

Obviously the tacks but also the repair to the rip by applying glue and using fibers to strengthening it. I've done the same with a piece of cloth and tacky glue. Also adding a pull to the edges to make it easier to attach to the frame. The touch-up process is very similar to what Steve might do with his pigments when matching stain for a frame restoration. And then a clear coat to protect the whole thing.

Of course I'm not saying I would attempt to restore this priceless piece of art. I'm sure there is a lot more to it than this video shows. The cleaning process for instance. How do you get the dirt and dust off without removing the paint too?

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General Discussion / Restoration of Mother Mary painting.
« on: September 14, 2018, 11:52:39 AM »
What do you think guys? I see a lot of the same skills we use in restoring this historic painting of Mother Mary.

https://www.facebook.com/TRNDVideos/videos/242968389725189/

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A PLANE IS ON ITS WAY TO TORONTO , WHEN A BLONDE IN ECONOMY CLASS GETS UP AND MOVES TO THE FIRST CLASS SECTION AND SITS DOWN.

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT WATCHES HER DO THIS AND ASKS TO SEE HER TICKET.

SHE THEN TELLS THE BLONDE THAT SHE PAID FOR ECONOMY CLASS AND THAT SHE WILL HAVE TO SIT IN THE BACK.

THE BLONDE REPLIES, "I'M BLONDE, I'M BEAUTIFUL, I'M GOING TO TORONTO AND I'M STAYING RIGHT HERE."

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT GOES INTO THE COCKPIT AND TELLS THE PILOT AND THE CO-PILOT THAT THERE IS A BLONDE BIMBO SITTING IN FIRST CLASS, THAT BELONGS IN ECONOMY AND WON'T MOVE BACK TO HER SEAT.

THE CO-PILOT GOES BACK TO THE BLONDE AND TRIES TO EXPLAIN THAT BECAUSE SHE ONLY PAID FOR ECONOMY SHE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AND RETURN TO HER SEAT.

THE BLONDE REPLIES, "I'M BLONDE, I'M BEAUTIFUL, I'M GOING TO TORONTO AND I'M STAYING RIGHT HERE."

THE CO-PILOT TELLS THE PILOT THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE THE POLICE WAITING WHEN THEY LAND TO ARREST THIS BLONDE WOMAN WHO WON'T LISTEN TO REASON.

THE PILOT SAYS, "YOU SAY SHE IS A BLONDE? I'LL HANDLE THIS, I'M MARRIED TO A BLONDE. I SPEAK BLONDE."

HE GOES BACK TO THE BLONDE AND WHISPERS IN HER EAR, AND SHE SAYS, "OH, I'M SORRY." AND GETS UP AND GOES BACK TO HER SEAT IN ECONOMY.

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND CO-PILOT ARE AMAZED AND ASKED HIM WHAT HE SAID TO MAKE HER MOVE WITHOUT ANY FUSS.

"I TOLD HER, 'FIRST CLASS ISN'T GOING TO TORONTO."

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I wish I did. It's nice having one sewing machine in the cutting room and one in the upholstery room. That machine was a work horse. the thicker the fabric the better it ran.

When I was working for that shop in Gainesville a fellow walked in looking for a sewing machine. The boss didn't have one. At the time I wasn't planning on working for myself again so I sold it to him. And have been kicking myself ever since. Rose and I bought that machine for around $350 or $400. I remember when we sold it we made a whopping $50 profit. I doubt I'll ever find such a nice a machine at that price again.

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I wonder if I could use that line on Rose. No, never mind. Good joke though.
 

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General Discussion / Re: Staple Remover
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:20:38 PM »
This is an idea I've been kicking around. Once you get the prong under the staple use the plier to help pull it out. Good idea? Bad idea? I'd have to submit it to Osborn as an improvement to their product.


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General Discussion / Re: Uniform?
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:27:46 AM »
When I worked for the bus conversion company they gave me three orange t-shirts with the company logo on it. For safety reasons everybody had to wear long pants. I always wondered how much difference a pair of blue jeans would make if an accident occurred.

In my shop its cargo shorts and an old t-shirt. Whenever I wear a good shirt to work you can bet it will have a hole in it by the end of the day.

I always thought about ordering some shirts with our company logo on it but never got around to it. I have two t-shirts from Greenhouse Fabrics. Upholsterers never die. That and my tool belt strapped on is about as close to a uniform that I'll ever get.

Another t-shirt I've seen says, skilled labor isn't cheep, cheep labor isn't skilled. That with a company logo would be pretty neat. I'm not sure what my customers would think. 

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