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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.


General Discussion / Should we have our air compressors checked?
« on: August 28, 2018, 10:01:31 PM »
Moving my compressor around today got me thinking. Should these things be checked for the possibility of explosion.

I know with propane tanks, you have 12 years from the manufacture date before the tank must be re-certified with a new date stamped on it.

My air compressor is about 25 years old. It runs like a champ and I drain it about 3 times a year. But I wonder what would happen if it went bad. Would it explode?

Our shop in Mt Pleasant SC was next door to a very old and dilapidated house with 5' tall tanks abandoned in the back yard. Propane I guess. One day when I was working in my back deck I heard a loud pop and swissssh. No explosion but more like a rupture or leak.

Last year I learned a childhood friend was killed in a dive shop accident when a tank exploded. That thought sticks with me.

So now I wonder should these things be checked occasionally. How often and by who? And what do they look for.

General Discussion / Religion
« on: July 24, 2018, 08:55:12 PM »
This is a topic we touch upon every once in a while but not enough to know how everyone really feels about it. I know, politics and religion not to be discussed on here. But I think everyone may enjoy this

I'm not a church goer but I am a Christion. I thank the lord everyday, I am grateful for all he has given me.

When we moved to High Springs a neighbor invited us to a local church and we went a few times. We enjoyed it but its just not our thing.

Five weeks ago he invited me to Tuesday night bible study. A men's club type of thing. We are reading a book titled 12 Ordinary Men referring to the 12 apostle's. Every week we read a chapter (one for each apostle) and discuss it at the meeting. Of course the subject often strays and there is no telling where these discussions may lead. The group gets bigger every week and there are an interesting assortment of people from all walks of life.  In a way you could say I'm the new guy, the least read when it comes to the bible and the only one not a member of their church. I ask a lot of questions and I think they enjoy answering them.

As usual when stepping outside the box I was real apprehensive about joining this group but now am glad I did.

The Business Of Upholstery / Home Based Business Insurance
« on: July 13, 2018, 07:21:58 AM »
What Insurance Do You Need for a Home-Based Business?

I worry mostly about liability and if something should happen to the shop. I guess fire is my biggest concern. How many times have you gotten up in the middle of the night to make sure you unplugged the glue gun? Stolen or damaged tools are on my dime.


General Discussion / Century Furnitury Is Hiring.
« on: June 30, 2018, 04:21:48 PM »

The Business Of Upholstery / How Much Is Call Reluctance Costing You?
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:18:08 AM »
One of my biggest phobias is making cold telephone calls. This includes following up on leads. I've been that way my whole life. I don't mind sending an email and I can walk up to a perspective client at a party or event and start a conversation but the thought of making a phone call makes me nervous. Fortunately for me Rose can call and start a conversation with just about anybody. 

On this subject is another good read from Manta,


General Discussion / Photobucket Update
« on: May 30, 2018, 04:40:31 PM »
Two weeks ago I received a notice in my email from Photobucket stating they are under new management. They promised to cut a lot of the advertising and be more user friendly.

So today I messed around with it. It took me a while to figure out what I was doing because I hadn't used it in a long time. The ads still pop up but not near as bad as it once was. And I figured out my uploading issue. I revamped my barber chair post and think I have it figured out.

Lets hope Photobucket finally has their act together. They seem to be the only photo storing site that has the thumbnail option. At least the only one that doesn't have ads for sexy ladies from foreign countries looking for a husband. And how come no sexy guys looking for a wife? I digress.

General Discussion / Emil J. Paidar Barber Chair
« on: May 29, 2018, 04:57:35 PM »
Need some help on this one. Went to an old customers house today. They want this vintage barber chair recovered.

For the life of me I cannot figure out how to get the back and footrest off.

This is the back. It looks like it should just pop out but it will not budge. The only thing I can figure is maybe the screws that hold the arm to the back also hold the back in place. There are no other screws on the back.  We were only there for an estimate so I didn't want to start taking it apart without knowing what I'm doing.




Same thing with this foot rest. No screws to hold it in place. I did pry on it a little to see if it would pop out but it would not budge.


I spent an hour watching YouTube videos showing the restoration process of these chairs but they all skip the part where they disassemble the upholstery from the metal frame. Frustrating for sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

PS, Photobucket no longer lets me upload pictures.

General Discussion / How did Walt Disney make it?
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:27:14 AM »
I thought this Video of Disney's career was interesting. https://www.prageru.com/videos/walt-disney-american-dreamer

General Discussion / Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:24:57 PM »
Started this (Eastlake?) chair yesterday.

It always erks me when a so called upholsterer gets sloppy with the finished wood. On this arm they completely covered the finished wood for apparently no reason.

I'll upholster it with the wood exposed. This shows the third layer of fabric on this arm.

The outside back was also completely covered from top to bottom and side to side. When I got the cover off I found the remnant of the original back. Even the gimp was still in place and much more wood was exposed. When I saw all those holes I thought, what the heck???

Here is the cool thing and I have never seen this type of tufting before. After taking off two layers of fabric from the inside back I found this original cover.

Another cool thing, the outside buttons were made of solid brass. the inside buttons were covered in the purple fabric. The sad thing is the customer is pinching pennies. So I will be covering over the tufting. Hopefully someday someone will recover it the right way. I'll post the finished pics tomorrow.

General Discussion / Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:56:22 PM »
This is one of those chairs that I wished I knew what I was getting into before I started.

The thing was a disgusting mess when the customer brought it to us. Normally you would take a chair like this to the dump but it was her mothers and she wanted it reupholstered.

Its one of those chairs that as your taking it apart you are finding unidentified gooey stains. Even the construction is very odd. They constructed this elaborate joinery to hold the back legs in place. Notice the big knot hole in the side rail, jeez couldn't they find a better piece of wood.

Unfortunately they failed to add corner blocks and the back rail, the one the springs are attached to failed. The fabric was holding it in place and I didn't notice it was broken when I gave the estimate. Rose called and told her it would be a little more.

In order to fix it I had to remove the springs. I replaced one dowel and added corner blocks. And used plenty of glue.

I'll post a picture of the finished chair tomorrow. Wait until you see the fabric.

General Discussion / The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:09:29 PM »
Do you believe people derive more satisfaction from being an intricate part of the process of having a piece of furniture recovered rather than buying a piece at a furniture store.


General Discussion / Church Job
« on: May 04, 2018, 08:26:44 AM »
It's been awhile. I'm not sure if y'all remember the church job I started Nov 2015. The church was destroyed when they set an over weight steeple on the roof. It crushed the roof and bowed the walls. With the help of some church members we striped the pews. While I was there I could see much work was needed on the building before I could began to cover them. They were sure they would be in by Christmas but I didn't think so.

The contractor kept screwing up and finally they had to fire him. And the church sat unfinished for a while. We drove by a last march and a lot of work was still needed. I honestly thought we would never finish this job.

They called this week and said the church is almost finished. Rose told them we could start in July. :)

General Discussion / Whats for dinner
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:42:15 PM »
So for supper tonight Rose made hamburger patty, sweet potato and asparagus. Just wondering how many spears of asparagus before my pee starts smelling funny.

General Discussion / Aches and Pains
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:15:17 PM »
Something weird happened last week. The bottom rim of my eye got sore. I don't remember getting anything in it. I don't remember scratching it or anything else. When I pulled the rim back it was red and after a while a bruise formed under my eye. It got sore enough that I said something to Rose about it. Admitting my aches and pains to Rose is something I rarely do.

She suggested Goldenseal herb drops and a hot compress for 15 minutes. Twice a day. And two days later the pain was almost gone. So I stopped the treatment. That was a mistake because the pain came back. So I started the treatment again and now I am pain free.

Goldenseal, who would think?

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