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General Discussion / Performance
« on: November 28, 2018, 12:44:14 PM »

Photobucket doesn't work today - I'm trying out Google Share Photo.  A designer sent me to a house to see what can be done for 3 torn backrest cushions.  The inserts are a blend of down and feathers.  Three cushions are torn in the same place.  The welt stitches didn't fail but the fabric in front of the welt is failing.  All the cushions are torn near the turn.  The family are hard users and the fabric is course but the manufacturer calls the fabric high performance.  The sectional is only 3 years old - any thoughts why and does the turn have anything to do with it ?

General Discussion / Makita
« on: November 16, 2018, 10:16:36 AM »

I finally broke down and bought an impact drill.  First job to swap out new breuer seats. Customer got them on line instead of having than recaned  The screw holes didn't match.  The makita drove the screws into the beech wood with no effort.  For a long time I've been using the rockwell with a screw bit but this makita is lighter - balanced - set up with the hex chuck and no clutch to deal with like on the cordless.  The cordless have good purposes but i'd rather have a corded tool anyday.  The makita is even lighter than the orange Black + Decker. 
I'm happy with this addition - what are the rest of you using and who has the impact style drills - what brand ?

General Discussion / Wegner
« on: October 30, 2018, 11:48:07 AM »

Danish mid century - I have 5-6 of these to do. The back rests are all broken.  Previous repair co. put larger screws, and even drilled a hole through the side post for another screw none of which worked.  Take apart 3/4 of the fabiric fix the edge and put them back together - I have one done.  About two hours per chair. 

General Discussion / Old Rocker
« on: October 25, 2018, 04:09:23 PM »
Old customer called and asked if I could come pick up a rocker to restore.  While I was picking it up she said - by the way I'm doing this for my Husbands birthday - it was his Mother's. 
It's a surprise and can i have it back in 3 weeks.  I said fine but when I got it to the shop it's turning into a dozen little repairs before i can even strip it.  The springs are tearing through and I'm thinking of re-enforcing the underside of the fabric without ripping it all out.  Maybe synthetic horse hair on top, muslin, dacron, and the new fabric.

General Discussion / My Spelling ?
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:55:24 PM »

A dealer drops off a tortoise shell box for repair.  The top is cracked and one side is tented up 1/8 in. above the other side.  I used a commercial heat gun and it softened the raised part enough that I could press it back in place. A few drops of white glue in the seam and left it to dry over night.  There were sterling silver letters inside the box.  I lay them out and can't figure what they say.  I know there is no "d" in hankerchief  and the first two letters look like "he"  - nothing makes sense !  Maybe it's the ladies initials ?  maybe words or letters missing. The letters "a-n-d" look like different text than the rest - maybe it's what's left from a partially missing word.   So I ask my wife what she thinks - of course she says handkerchief and lovingly reminds me how I wasted my time in school.  Anyway I filled the crack in with timbermate.  Didn't want to use anything too strong and non-reversible on an antique.  I'll color the filler with shellac + trans tint - adding earth-tone pigments to make the final semi opaque color while trying to copy the translucent shell  - final top coat with lacquer just along the filled line.  The repair won't prevent someone from removing the top - fusing it back together and relaying it flat. 

I'm sure the letters a-n-d were replaced at some point and although not done too  badly - no where as nice as the original silversmith workmanship. 
Thank goodness for the endangered protections today - the animal is safe ........ there are great faux plastic alternatives available if splices are needed in this kind of restoration. 

General Discussion / Press
« on: October 08, 2018, 03:20:40 PM »
Saturday I stopped at a tag sale - this press with 6 extra dies in the Break-stone box was marked $ 8.00.  I have a button press but wondered is there something I could use this for - snaps  ?  I did buy it -  Anyway couldn't think of any upholstery purpose - anyone have any thoughts to put it to good use ?  I have a good hand held metal punch that does sheet metal easily but this press weighs about 50 lbs - bench top monster

General Discussion / In a Jiffy
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:06:18 AM »
I was out on a service call and saw a steamer at the curb.  Took it back to the shop - the switch was broken but other wise looked fine.  I considered bypassing the switch but than gave Jiffy a quick call and a new switch was $ 10.00 - I ordered it - 3 days later installed it and I had steam in 3 minutes.  This machine works great.  My previous steamer was a tag sale purchase - high heat and high pressure nozzle.   I cleaned up the crystals formed by hard water and than it worked great.  The first job I used it on was a disaster - the customer bought a new sofa and submitted a complaint that one cushion was wrinkled.  The store said if I couldn't steam the wrinkles out they will replace the casing.  I fired up the steamer - put the wide nozzle on that had 4 ports and 1 minute later the to of the cushion had 4 tracks melted into the fabric.  Felt like a dummy but thank goodness a casing was available.  This Jiffy steamer isn't for removing the grease around your rims like the other one was  :) Nice new toy for $ 10.00. Old switch pictured

General Discussion / No Charge ?
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:20:17 PM »
An ottoman came in with a broken leg.  Customer said could you also sew the rip between the base and top cushion.  I said sure - no worries.  I didn't add on to the estimate - I should have.
What a mistake.  To repair the leg I had to remove the cambric, tack strip, and fabric from one corner - 8 inches in each direction.  After the leg was repaired I closed up and I tried to stitch the fabric up top.  Too hard to get in there so I thought about how much time it would take to remove the base fabric completely now that I've already buttoned up around the leg. So  I start sewing it in place with 69 and as I pull the cushion up to make room for my hand I tear the thread stitches I already have in.  I switched to button thread - two hours later and the last few stitches using a hemostat - it was done. Never again - The stitches look a little like Frankenstein's head but they are strong

General Discussion / Nocliner
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:26:21 AM »
Service call to residence - Sofa w/recliners - handle doesn't raise footrest on one side.  Hoping it was just out of the slot - turns out one side of the plastic that captures the dowel pin was broken but the outside part of the plastic intact.  Sofa 9 years old - made in China.  I took the cable and handle off - With CA glue repaired the crack on the one bad side.  Roughed up the plastic in the cavity around the crack - put CA glue on the surface of the cavity than put a blob of plumbers epoxy in the cavity capturing the pin on the bad side and surrounding it with epoxy in place.  After that dried - more CA glue around the edges and put it all back together.  Nothing else I could think of to do to put it back together.  Maybe new handles are available but since this was my first handle/cable repair issue I had no spare parts with me.
If anyone knows a good place to stock up on recliner parts I'd appreciate the leads for the next time.  The repaired handle worked fine - should last a while -


General Discussion / Plaque
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:23:54 AM »
This job came in yesterday - the hard part is done.  Was broken in 5 pieces - forgot to take a before photo.  Epoxied it back together and inserted steel pins cut into the back for added strength -
cast masonry art work ( wine goddess) -  weighs over 100 lbs or so - I had a beer while I was gluing it fortunately no uneven joints :)


General Discussion / Staple Remover
« on: August 26, 2018, 10:49:52 AM »
Anyone try the staple puller plier made by Osborne - style # 600 - hadn't seen this before

General Discussion / Seats
« on: August 18, 2018, 12:09:24 PM »
I got 6 seats to do - Stickley side chairs - cherry.  The no sag was mostly torn away and the owners are sitting in a hole.  The foam is good and I will use webbing, burlap, and cotton and put the existing foam back - it's in good shape and sculptured nicely to the seat.  Over the old seat foam was a 1/4 inch foam wrap that was glued to the seating foam and to the sides of the wood seat.  I don't think many here (experienced upholsters) would take the time to razor off the foam from the wood.  I'm guessing you would tear it off and replace it with new.  It took time but now it will be easier for me to put it back in the original footprint - everything is labeled.  The seats were very tight and although the new fabric is thinner I still need to mill down the edges 1/16 on four sides and touch the corners.

General Discussion / Entrance Doors
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:09:51 PM »
This was Thursday's job.  Working on site - the up and down from working on the floor was a killer.  Below photos in no particular order - the bottom of the door was split because someone tried to force the door open without lifting the bolt that locks the bottom of the door.

General Discussion / Leatherman
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:39:09 AM »
Since the day I started working I've been carrying a pocket knife.  Buck, Gerber, than Benchmade with a pocket clip.  It's part of my anatomy.  The Benchmade blade is under 4 inches long.  My boys keep telling me although the blade isn't over sized - the knife can be snapped open with one hand making it illegal.  After a year of them hounding me I decided to go in a different direction.  I bought the Leatherman sidekick - didn't need the models with whistles, fire starter, scissors, etc.  I don't know about the rest of you but if you carry something and it's not a Leatherman - GET ONE !  I've had so many uses for this thing - it's the best  and it's legal.  The only modification I made was to add a pocket clip since one clip didn't seem to hold the knife secure in my pocket.  I'm thinking of turning the bottle opener into an awl.  What are you carrying if anything - firearms don't count.

General Discussion / Young Bulls
« on: July 29, 2018, 09:52:45 AM »
Last week was a little slow and I didn't have work Thur + Fri but on fri  I received a call  from a furn store who had a serious problem with a California King bed assembly.  The customer could not miss anymore work and asked if someone could come Sat.  The manager told me they already had 2 teams of young bulls out there and no one has been able to assemble the bed.  The bed was made in Vietnam - no assembly instructions included - 150 pieces of hardware w/full canopy.  Well, I mentioned I would need a helper and $ 400.00 should do it.  This manager jumped right on it and I thought they seem happy with the cost and I will make up the lost days from this past week. 
Sat morning I said to my Wife - how about taking a ride with me - I have a bed to assemble and need an extra pair of hands. She said sure - off we went.  It was worth every penny and more for this assembly.  What a pain putting this together - up and down 100 times - the side rails with half moon hardware secured with a lock washer, flat washer and nut.  The nut uses their crappy little wrench that's perfectly centered and you're turning the nut 1/5 of the time on each attempt.  The side with the drawers had me working in a 4 inch wide cavity.  4 hours later the bed was assembled.  The customer's Son walked into the room and said wow - I can't believe it's assembled.  Glad it was done I was finally ready to start speaking to people again.  Time for a little humor I said to the Son - I bet when you saw this old couple come to the door you thought my Mom's bed will never be assembled.  The Son a US Army service member looked right at me and replied without a smile or missing a beat - Sir that's exactly what I thought !   God love him but I wanted to deck him for his honesty and observation. 
When we got home I said I'm going to sit in the L/R chair for a few minutes than cut the grass.  She woke me up at dinner time - this old guy was wiped out.
Turns out the bed was designed to be used with or without drawers, with or without box springs.  Depending on how you will use it determines how the wood parts are orientated.
Since it takes so much time to make a hardware connection - if you do it wrong and have to reverse things you loose a half hour.  Assembly directions would have saved me a good hour and a lot of wear and tear on my knees.

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