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General Discussion / Wing chair is a wreck.
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:28:42 PM »
Friday a customer brought in a wing chair. When I saw this pitiful thing all I could do was sigh. It was a wreck and every joint was loose. The customer knew it was a cheap chair and she also knew she was spending more money than it was worth but it was her mothers and she wanted It done.

So I stripped it down. The first thing I noticed was the front Queen Ann style legs were screw in. As I started stripping fabric off I noticed the joints were held together with staples. As I went along I noticed they did not use glue on any of the joints. After I took all the fabric and padding off I started prying those joints apart. I was surprised to see there were no dowels used to hold the joints together. The only thing holding this chair together was the staples!

So, big decision here. There is only so much I could do considering the price we quoted and the customer didn't expect miracles. I certainly couldn't add dowels to all those joints so I did the next best thing. I took the major joints apart. This entailed prying those long ass staples out. I put it back together using plenty of glue and screws. I glued and screwed the corner blocks and add more blocks in strategic locations and clamped the whole thing together. This alone took 4 hours of valuable time. This morning I removed the clamps and it feels solid.

Rose cut and sewed it yesterday. Thank god its a solid fabric. We made some upgrades on the recovery work also. I started upholstering today and its looking pretty good. I'll post some pics later.

I expect a big ole hug when she comes to pick it up. :)   

The Business Of Upholstery / Broyhill repairs.
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:22:51 PM »
Our favorite furniture store informed us Broyhill has gone out of business. This is a hardship for them because they cannot order parts for repairs. Foam is their main concern and they asked us if we could handle replacement when needed. This makes a bit of a dilemma for Rose and I. Our experience has been most foam failures are caused by folks with big backsides sitting on foam with low density. The old feels great in the showroom but 6 months later syndrome. If we replace the foam with the same density and the same firmness does this now put the burden forever on us. We could replace it with a better foam, higher density and more firm but then Miss booty butt will complain its no longer comphy. We could say no guarantees but that usually goes in one ear and out the other. We are inclined to turn these jobs down.

Did y'all know Broyhill was out of business? 

The Business Of Upholstery / Flip that sofa.
« on: December 01, 2018, 12:08:06 PM »
Tuesday we bought this Duncan Phyfe sofa from a customer. It needs no work. The upholstery is like new, 8-way springs are tight, frame is tight and finish is good. The last upholsterer did a really nice job. I'm guessing its 1930's/40's. She wanted $500 we offered her $250 she said okay if we throw in 4 toss pillows (her forms). We loaded it into the van.

Thursday a customer came by the shop needing 4 chair pads. She said she was looking for a sofa so we showed her the Duncan Phyfe. The minute she saw it she said she wanted it, how much? $550.

The cool thing is we haven't even paid the first customer yet.


We also picked up this vintage secretary. We are keeping this one.


General Discussion / Calafornia fires.
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:58:25 PM »
A prayer for those who lost loved ones and those who lost their homes. Dear lord stand by those who are in despair and give them strength to carry on.

Haven't heard from our good friend 65Buick lately. Hope all is well.

General Discussion / Van Mileage
« on: October 18, 2018, 08:19:26 AM »
She has a few dents and scratches but still runs like a champ.

General Discussion / Heat wave
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:43:29 AM »
We have had a pretty cool summer for Florida. For the most part the highs have been in the low 90's. Not a single day above 100*. That is until 2 weeks ago the highs crept up to 97* and 98*. We're heading to St Augustine this weekend. Its amazing how much cooler the coast is. Saturday it will be 95* in High Springs and 87* in St Augustine. I'm ready for some Red Drum fishing weather.

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.

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