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The Business Of Upholstery / Over Looked ?
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:34:30 AM »
I was visiting my buddy Jose a life long upholsterer - a customer came in and showed us a photo of a large French Settee that was just refinished.  The seat was ply wood and the finish high quality.  They asked how much would it cost to recover this and make the seat softer ?  Jose quoted $ 900.00. 
Without suggesting if the quote was too high or too low I asked him " how did you get to that price."  Without hesitation he said - I need springs, foam, cotton, burlap, webbing, and piping.

  He never mentioned the labor working around a newly refinished frame, matching the pattern, cutting around all the leg and backrest posts, and making the backrest and seat look well sculptured.  I thought to my self it's not quite the size of a sofa but $ 1200.00 would not have been out of line for this area of the World.

 I realize I'm doing the same thing - when a customer asks for a price I think about how much paint remover and lacquer I need - how much sanding - is it going to be a polished finish -  how far to go to pick it up - do I need help to carry it -  and the labor goes mostly unconsidered.
Is anyone else guilty of over looking the experience and craftsmanship that's brought to the table when a price is quoted ?

General Discussion / Serger
« on: April 22, 2018, 05:56:18 PM »
Lucky estate sale purchase Saturday.  Don't know what I'll do with it - I can't make drapes or slip covers.  I'm dreading the learning curve but could not refuse the price with 10 rolls of thread. It was marked $ 50.00 and they sold it to me for $ 20.00 because there was no plug with it and I couldn't test it.  I took a chance.  My Wife went back to the sale the next day and found the plug with the foot petal - they didn't charge her.  Only one time I made arm covers and just made a 1/4 inch hem on the edge and it worked fine so not sure how I can incorporate this into the arsenal.
Do many of you use this kind of machine and if so please tell me some goods points why I have this -

General Discussion / Joe Camel
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:04:14 PM »
New job came in today - Middle eastern 19th century - incredible carving - just some pieces of the base were broken and chipped.
I know you thought I should have titled this entry Hump Day

General Discussion / Saw Tooth
« on: April 02, 2018, 05:21:03 PM »
New repair - table from India.  The saw tooth decoration on the apron was broken off and missing in several places.  I put white paper behind the decoration - sprayed black paint to create a positive and negative template.  Than holding the template behind the decoration I could trace what was missing rather than replace the pieces making 90 degree straight butt cuts. 


General Discussion / Japy Freres
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:06:52 AM »
Started this last week - French clock from the 19th century.  Oak wood with time piece - coiled gong, and aneroid barometer.  Replaced missing curved trim on right crest - pieced in some wood to fill shrinkage on face area - and replaced one missing plinth support under the pilaster - stripping and sanding next


General Discussion / Back Splash
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:28:56 PM »
Project yesterday.  Had been glued before and broke again.  Fitted back poorly from old repairs sloppy gluing.  Reinforced the back with wood splines.
Color and finish w/flat lacquer -

General Discussion / Side Board
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:45:42 PM »
This Craftsman Oak side board came in last week.  Stripped down everything, bleached the top w/oxalic acid, glued down loose veneers and filled them in.  You don't always have to patch in with new veneers.  For veneer loss like this it's easier to fill in and faux color the putty - the look will be better than veneer patches.  The only way to fix the veneer correctly would be to re-veneer the entire panel and this job doesn't require that level of repair.  For filler I started with Elmers interior exterior water based product. Sticks well - stays put. Following that - Sanded smooth - still could see course filler - next -  feathered in with timber mate using it as a finishing putty.  The surface became smooth and imperfections couldn't be detected with your finger tip.  Customer wants a brown finish - for me golden oak is the way to go but their choice. 
Timber mate is a great product - comes in colors if you rather, and unlimited shelf life.  Sands so easy that you can use it on a finished surface to fill a dent and sanding can be done with 240 garnet which won't hurt a finish.  Timber mate reminds me a little of the rock hard water putty which also does the same thing but you have to mix it and apply it before it hardens.  The whole piece has been sanded now - the dried oxalic acid rinsed off before sanding - one last thinner wash and I have to think about a stain.  I want to use dye but I think I need something more covering like a wiping stain to hide the patches and black ring marks I can still see a tiny bit.

General Discussion / Bench
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:07:00 PM »
I got this new job coming up and I presented the designer with what I think is a reasonable alternative to repair  - see what you folks think.  Plywood case nailed and screwed together - synthetic straps across the top - stapled down into the top edge only.  Fabric cover - with gold nail heads at the base in an abstract design. The top straps are loose and the seat is sinking in.   They asked if I could remove everything - fix the straps - put the fabric back and all the nails -
I opened the bottom - notice my expensive tool cart on the floor - the inside is hollow - suggested that I fit in a new shelf ( inside dimensions) covered with 2 inch foam and push it up into the underside of the seat - held by ledger strips - screwed and glued.  The alternative is recreating that nailing pattern and that would be crazy. 

General Discussion / Thread ?
« on: January 17, 2018, 01:46:41 PM »
First I select the bookmark for the forum and it takes me to the on line sales site.  Upholster . Com -  than I type in the forum address and don't see a post that was here last night regarding products for sale  ?   Mike/Inger feed back is something that is positive - am I wrong - you guys asked for opinions -

General Discussion / How Old
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:38:01 AM »
How Old ?  This is good - I'm not against technology at all but it was  a different mind set years ago.  A little before my time but not that much before !

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end.

It may blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.

The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
' television
' penicillin
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' Xerox
' contact lenses
' Frisbees and
' the pill

There were no:
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens

Man had not invented :
' pantyhose
' air conditioners
' dishwashers
' clothes dryers
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.

Your Grandmother and I got married first,... and then lived together..

Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, "mam". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir".

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege... We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam....

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, ... but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:
' "grass" was mowed,
' "coke" was a cold drink,
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
' "chip" meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and
' "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
How old do you think I am?

I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time .

Are you ready ?????

This man would be 70 years old today.   70 years ago was 1947.

GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT... PASS THIS ON TO THE OLD ONES, The younger generation would not understand.

General Discussion / Foam
« on: December 04, 2017, 04:29:13 PM »
This is a recent job.  Hand made chairs from India, a set of eight - have been in the clients family for years.  The foam is like toast.  How do people sit on this when the chair was 15 years over due for new foam, tighten springs, and new fabric.  Especially when this client has the financial means to arrange for restoration any time they like

General Discussion / Ottoman
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:36:20 AM »

An account asked me to make a service call to fill the corner of the attached top cushion of an ottoman.  I'm bringing the regulator but is there a way to access the corner if I remove the dust cover or not even possible ?


General Discussion / Bobbin
« on: September 03, 2017, 01:46:43 PM »
Down to the last bobbin case for my 31-15 Singer.  When I look on line some sites state genuine singer case - others state only they it will fit the 31 - 15 class.  What is the best way or from whom to purchase the right part.  Is after market OK or genuine part the only way to go ?

General Discussion / Glue
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:23:55 AM »
I don't use enough foam spray glue to justify buying a gallon and the spray jar.  I buy the cans from the upholstery supply house. 
What are the better rattle can brands - is the 3M extra strength contact spray any good for foam spray -
Or am I making a mistake by not using the K grip with the spray jar ?


General Discussion / Resale
« on: August 26, 2017, 08:50:36 AM »
I'm doing service work for a new decorator.  She wants me to omit the sales tax and she sent me her form -
She checked the box for Tangible Personal Property.  Since I'm a vendor providing service on site shouldn't it be the other box - a Service for resale that should be selected ?    Thanks for any help

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