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General Discussion / Mark Zuckerberg has ghosted
« on: March 20, 2018, 08:30:18 PM »
What is the deal with Zekerburg and facebook that took data from 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and misinformation.

Is this kinda creepy?

Could this be the down fall of facebook?

Is this one more reason to get off facebook?

The new FB algorithms make it almost impossible to get information out to my customers. What is the point.

Kim Kamando is feeling queasy about Facebook right now after what transpired between them and Cambridge Analytica.

General Discussion / Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:21:19 PM »
We have a customer who is into natural. She wants us to rebuild the marshal cushion units on her loveseat that are wrapped in cotton. Rose says yes, I say no.

I've never rebuilt a cotton wrapped marshal unit. I cant even imaging how to stuff it without it getting all bunched up.

I took a strong stance and said, this is something I do not want to do. She says she will show me how.

Yes, this is a domestic dispute. Yes we have been through this before. Somebody help me.

General Discussion / Moray Fabric
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:02:43 AM »
Just got the go ahead on 10 dining chairs. The chairs seats are 27" wide.

This is a new customer and she is working with a flamboyant male decorator. 

The fabric is something I've never seen before. It is a chenille type fabric that resembles Moray eel. When you view it from different angles it changes color. It runs up the bolt. The fabric color is mostly royal blue with a silver "spine" that repeats across the bolt. The first spine starts 10 inches in and repeats every 10 inches.

They want a spine to run down the center of each seat. To cut the fabric I will have to center the seat 20" into the bolt. This will put the edge of the cut at 34". These seats cannot be cut side by side. When we pointed out the waist the customer was concerned. The flamboyant decorator called the supplier and ordered 7 yards at $200/yd.

General Discussion / Steamer Trunk Repair
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:54:17 AM »
We bought this steamer trunk from a customer. The bottom has damage from a leaky washing machine. The plywood is week. I am wondering what is the best way to fix it. I'm thinking about gluing a piece of lauan to it and painting the bottom black. Any better ideas?


General Discussion / Re-Selling
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:42:59 AM »
Now that the shop has been moved our furniture for sale is taking up the space in our garage. It didn't take long to fill it up. Last Saturday we delivered 2 reupholstered chairs to a long time customer. A little old black lady in her 80's. While we were there she asked if we would look at this steamer trunk she wanted to sell. She said it belonged to her father. We put the age of the trunk at around 80 years old. It was in her laundry room and she said she needed it gone. She said she would sell it for $25. We emptied it and put it in the van. She said god told her to ask us if we wanted it. There is some damage on the bottom from moisture. We will try to sell it for around $60-$70.

Anybody else have some neat finds lately. 


General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2017, 08:57:27 AM »

The Business Of Upholstery / Posts page on Google my Business
« on: December 14, 2017, 08:22:48 PM »
Last Setember I found a new feature on Google my Business called Posts. I guess its like a blog. I take posts that rose has created on our fb business page and repost them onto this Google my Business page. It shows a running total of people who are viewing these posts. And people are looking.


I checked my mail this morning and found this in my inbox from Manta. The first thing I thought was, oh boy I wonder what I'm doing wrong?
The good thing is I do most of these already. It's just common sense. And Rose keeps me on a short leash when were in public.



The only one I disagree with is number 4

"Donít: Ask for Payment Before the Job is Complete
You wouldnít pay for a meal at a restaurant before your food even got to your table. The same principle applies when it comes to home services. Many homeowners would like to oversee the job being done and make sure it is up to their standards before any transactions occur. You should want your client to see your work in action before you discuss payment."

About 15 years ago we started asking for half down. And for things like dinning seats that have no value to anyone but the owner we ask for full payment. And if a customer is moving out of town we may ask for full payment. We have had problems with people moving and changing bank accounts. We have found asking for a down payment motivates the customer when Its time to deliver the piece.

When we were having our shop built the contractor split the price into 4 payments. Every time a phase of the project was finished he sent us a bill. And we immediately payed it to keep the ball rolling. We were glad to do it.

The Business Of Upholstery / Medical Insurance.
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:50:52 PM »
I wrote this several days ago when we received our insurance bill. I wrote this from the heart on Word but wasn't sure what I would do with it. Until Steve made a comment on another post. I don't mean this to be political but more about the business of insurance. Something not often talked about on this forum.

Affordable Care Act

Before governmentís involvement in health insurance there was never an enrollment period. We could buy or cancel our insurance whenever we pleased.

Before governmentís involvement in health insurance the monthly premium for the two of us was $600 a month. We just received our policy from Blue Cross. Our monthly premium is $2300. We were promised our premiums would go down but instead they have gone up 4 times.

Of course we cannot afford $2300/mo. so we have two choices. Do without which is a bad idea. Or apply for subsidies (ACA). So let me get this straight, the Government has rigged ACA so I am forced to take money from someone else to help pay my insurance premiums. My entire life I have never asked the government for money but now I am forced to be on welfare. Iím taking money from strangers, friends and family to help pay for my insurance. This makes me feel bad.

This year Blue Cross raised our premiums. But thatís okay because the government is going to cover it. So every time Blue Cross (a private company) raises their rates the government (tax payers) pays for it? How is this a good idea?

When I was growing up I was told if I ever need assistance from the government I needed to get off it as soon as possible. Makes sense to me. It has something to do with pride. ACA does not give me this option.

Some folks tell me ACA is a good plan and besides nobody has a better idea. Then they tell me what we really need is a single payer system. Single payer gives even more control to the government. Single payer would be a complete government takeover of our medical system.

There are other ideas out there. Among them are Medical Savings Accounts and Medical Co-Ops. These two options would take medical decisions away from the government and put it back into the hands of doctors and patients. I would be able to choose my doctor. I would be able to shop for the best medical deal. It would make buying health insurance easier and more affordable and it would get me off welfare.

General Discussion / Dangerous Job
« on: November 05, 2017, 07:39:12 PM »
Using the foam cutter today. I set it by the edge of the table and turned around to grab some dacron. I somehow managed to step on the electrical cord which caused the foam cutter to fall off the table, blade first. The foam cutter is okay. My calf slowed its downward movement. But what saved it from total destruction is when the blade hit my heal cushioning the impact to the floor. I'll spare the photo. It really looks a lot worse than it is. Hurts like hell. 

General Discussion / Home Theater Job
« on: October 27, 2017, 02:19:52 PM »
This is the built in channel back job I've been working on the last two weeks.  No we did not do the leather recliners. I had no way to transport the set of two to my shop, nor did I want to. So the channels and deck were done on site. We patterned the cushions and built them at the shop. The cushions are stapled to plywood.

Finished, I couldn't get back far enough to get both in the same picture. The following photos will give a better idea of whats going on.



Channels Half Done


General Discussion / Spammers be off.., puff
« on: October 18, 2017, 07:08:23 PM »
Me thinks Kens upgrade allowed much spammers

General Discussion / Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:16:13 AM »
This question was presented on Quora.

"How likely are people to buy upcycled furniture rather than new?"

I thought the answer would be simple but then I realized I'm not exactly sure what upcycled furniture is.

General Discussion / Foam
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:17:26 AM »
This guy gives a pretty good description of different types of seating.

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