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General Discussion / Re-staining brightwork
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:18:11 AM »
A lot of the time I opt to completely strip old varnish and start new - too many dings and scratches.

Though a few times I run into some wood that just doesn't stain well, dark & even.
I spot test a number of stains from danish oil to zar stains, etc. And, with a pre of dilute shellac.

Without being an expert woodworker here, not sure what to do.

General Discussion / Leather
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:19:26 PM »
I have a client requesting leather upholstered dining seats. I do have some leather scrap I can practice with, since it is very unlike vinyl or wovens. What else should I do to get acquainted with the material?

General Discussion / Wide world of Textiles
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:36:52 PM »
Had this on my mind for awhile. Fabrics and other textiles have a LOT of marketing. I often wonder how to differentiate. There are folks peddling fabrics on every corner it seems.

Myself, I tend to gravitate to designer fabrics, mainly because I can be assured that they are quality. If something were to go wrong, the company would likely be concerned. E.g. Kravet.

I think we can all agree that we put our best into our pieces because we want it to last for the longest time possible. For a number of reasons.

But where do we draw the line? I don't think many of customers or potential customers know or care about the details of fabric. They want a good price. Obviously, we don't want something like what's been talked about before - vinyl that will not stop stretching. Or maybe poor colorfastness. Or, premature wear.

None of us, I believe, have access to a Wyzenbeek. But even if we did, it still wouldn't tell us everything.

I think maybe a good start is to avoid textiles made in China. There is simply too much risk. Too little oversight.
But what else can we do? A remnant may work well for a certain project, etc.

Folks dealing with textiles long-time, what have you learned?

General Discussion / Good read
« on: March 21, 2018, 04:40:34 PM »
Fellow furniture upholsterers (and others interested)

My friend gave me this book knowing I have a strong interest in seating furniture.

Really details the history of how this all evolved, plus many famous designs.
Being part of a western civilization, the evolution of the chair is quite interesting.

General Discussion / Most difficult or challenging project
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:07:18 PM »
What is everyone's most challenging project you have ever done? And what did you do to overcome the challenge and finish with success?


The Business Of Upholstery / Declining
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:12:25 PM »
Most of us understand pricing.
But here's what I don't understand. Folks making good money but instead offer you so little to do a job - it's insulting. Like, not really enough for materials.
Remember, I don't use a store front. So I run into these folks again. I don't know how to really respectfully decline, in a casual convo. We're all trying to make some money. So why offer what you know very well is not enough to do so?

The Business Of Upholstery / Competent
« on: January 26, 2018, 10:53:27 PM »
Those of you who are long-time professional furniture upholsterers - how many years before you were competent? Thoroughly versed in most aspects of residential/commercial furniture upholstery.

General Discussion / Wrestling Match
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:16:48 PM »

I'm strapped with my heat gun...

General Discussion / cutting corners
« on: January 15, 2018, 02:29:10 PM »

This front armrest corner. I thought I had it worked out with scrap and then made a mistake on my velvet.
I pleat the corner in place, then I make a V cut on the side, and tuck the fabric down the front of the armrest.
Is this correct?
And my pleats, do they pleat toward the armrest, or toward the center?

General Discussion / And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:53:06 PM »

I've had a few different jobs/careers, but never before have I felt so excited to get up and get to work doing upholstery. It truly is a satisfying occupation.

General Discussion / Curves, arcs, math
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:37:04 PM »
I have wondered about this since I began sewing the panels together.
Say I have a curve. Shouldn't I be able to measure that curve and then use math to compute how much pleat I need?
Using a French curve or something else?

The Business Of Upholstery / Warranty
« on: January 04, 2018, 06:06:45 PM »
What does everyone offer for warranty? I was thinking this may be a way to compete.
In my particular case I could even offer unlimited warranty, including materials.

General Discussion / Ziggers
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:25:03 PM »
I was taking apart a chair and noticed that the zig zag springs had much larger space between them. It's a chair from the 60s I assume. I thought all zigs were the same size?

Will post photo in a bit.

General Discussion / Burlap
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:17:20 PM »
Can't find heavy burlap locally. Like 17oz or 20oz.
Supplier sells the same loose 10oz stuff that Joann does.
I can find 'no-sag' heavy burlap online, but that's all.
Anyone else have this trouble?

General Discussion / Salon chairs
« on: December 08, 2017, 03:32:39 PM »
Easy job.
Just 2 questions
1. The vinyl is smooth, and has no grain to it. What to get?
2. Foam firmness. I am thinking firm, like 45lb. For seats.


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