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General Discussion / Re: Thank you
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:37:45 PM »
I'm only working half a day tomorrow - :)
Many Blessings to all the good folks here !
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Edge rolls
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:47:36 PM »
I think the patent office is going to have to check that for copy right infringement and the fire dept for fire retardant ability
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are we?
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:28:00 AM »
I don't know exactly how the favorable term "Hand Made" became so popular but what I remember was when you looked at furniture was it assembly line construction, duplicating carving machines, joined wood by router dovetails, assembled using nail guns, and finished by glaze to even up the color. 
Today I was looking through the new Woodworkers Supply Catalog and I'm amazed most every item says "Import" I guess not made as well as the USA could -

Tradesman don't get enough credit for the everyday handwork and there are millions of us doing it every day without thanks.  But get published in one of those magazines for making a bookcase - or throwing / firing a vase and society calls you a master.
 
My favorite has always been This Old House - those guys don't claim to be exulted yet they have been providing and teaching the trade for 30 years and their financial compensation has always been very small - much credit to them !
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Edge rolls
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:34:30 PM »
I think those techniques are appropriate if you're working on genuine antique pieces and you're a purest..... sympathetic to the original design.   
However I don't think many here use those traditional ways since it's too time consuming even when working on older pieces.
SA

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An American goes into a bar in New York where there is a robot bartender. The robot Says, “What'll you have?"
The guy replies, "Vodka"
The robot brings back his drink and asks, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "168"
The robot continues to talk about physics, space exploration, and medical technology.
After the guy leaves and the more he thinks about it, the more curious he gets, so he decides to go back.
The robot asks, "What's your drink?"
The guy answers, "Vodka."
The robot returns with his drink and asks, "What's your IQ?"
The man replies, "100."
The robot talks about Nascar, Budweiser, the Lions, and LSU.
The man finishes his drink, leaves, but is so interested in his "experiment" that he decides to try again.
He enters the bar and, as usual, the robot asks him what he want to drink.
The man replies, "Vodka."
The robot brings the drink and asks, "What's your IQ?"
The man answers, "50."
The robot leans in real close and asks, "So . . . are . . . you people . . . still unhappy Hillary didn't get in ?

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Funny if you're over 55 - this is to our senior members - dare you not to read it to the end !
SA



Lost Words of the Past

Heavens to Murgatroyd!  Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word murgatroyd?  Lost Words from our childhood:  Words gone as fast as the buggy whip!

Sad really! The other day a not so elderly (I say 75)  lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said,"What the heck is a Jalopy? OMG (new) phrase!  He never heard of the word jalopy!!  She knew she was old but not that old.

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.  About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.  These phrases included:

"Don't touch that dial," "Carbon  copy," "You sound like a broken record" and "Hung out to dry." 

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie.  We'd put on our best bib and tucker to straighten up and fly right. Heavens to Betsy!  Gee  whillikers!  Jumping Jehoshaphat!  Holy moley!  We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.  Not for all the tea in China! 

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell?  Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.  Oh, my aching back.  Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore.  We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, well I'll be a monkey's uncle! or, This is a fine kettle of fish! we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards. 

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind.  We blink, and they're gone.  Where have all those phrases gone?  Long gone:   Pshaw, The milkman did it.  Hey!  It's your nickel.  Don't forget to pull the chain.  Knee high to a grasshopper. Well,  Fiddlesticks!  Going like sixty.  I'll see you in the funny papers.  Don't take any wooden nickels. 

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.  This can be disturbing stuff!  We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times.  For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age.  We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the  earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.  It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.

See ya later, alligator!

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General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:51:05 PM »
I think just before you get hurt something is telling you this procedure is risky.  Whether you let your common sense deter you or not is left to chance.  I was carving a leg years ago and stuck a chisel in my hand - I knew I was pushing the chisel toward my other hand but never thought I'd slip.  I cut the nerve - it took 15 years before the other nerve took over the area of the damaged nerve of my index finger then I got the feeling back.  This was 35 years ago and it made me a very careful person around tools....... Sorry Suzi :)
SA
 

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Insurance.
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:09:18 PM »
It seems like every President wants a legacy - the previous administration was Obama Care whether it was better for all or not. 
If you give away waivers and don't have Washington participate what clear thinking individual would believe the coverage is for the betterment of all of us
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Losing the battle with spammers
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:45:58 AM »
Great news - Many Thanks
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are we?
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:00:24 PM »
CRAZY for spending 40 plus years trying to be the waiter, dish washer, cook, and about 10 other positions related to self employment 
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Name brand, designer fabrics or not?
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:57:02 PM »
Ian this is an interesting market you have exposure to.  The ability to apply a fabric of your choice  vs customer selects fabric of their liking -
I guess you have to stay neutral and have a sense what's popular in your area ?
SA

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General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:48:52 PM »
The fox edge is a heavy rolled type of piping used on the front and side edges of the raw wood frame before the foam or cotton. It softens the hard edge of the wood.
The black synthetic is thinner so when it's folded over to staple it makes less of a bump -
Maybe some refer to fox edge by another name but that's the only name I've come across for that material
SA

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General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: November 13, 2017, 12:33:06 PM »
Ian I read it over and can't blame you for not knowing what the heck I was talking about. 
The buttons are 30 with the eyelid for button twine.  While Jose pulled the twine from the back I pressed the face of the button to the depth before he tied it off. 
I forgot to mention we also used a layer of cotton over the foam to further soften the look. 
SA
 

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General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: November 12, 2017, 01:26:52 PM »
Very lucky my good buddy Jose stopped by when I was getting ready to start the back.  He told me to go sit at the other end of the shop and make buttons - Jose is a life long upholsterer and he said if I did the back I'd screw it up - I didn't disagree with him.  Interesting how he approached the back with many changes to what I had in mind.  First he started with straps on the inside back rest.  He wanted to use synthetic instead of the red webbing I had in mind.  He wanted less of a projecting fold.  He took fox edge which I wasn't considering and outlined the edges so that the foam wouldn't round over near the edge, he turned the fox edge around with the tab facing the finished woodwork ?  Had no idea what he was doing ? .  This left room for the gimp at the end.  Straps, than foam 2 inch - I wanted tight buttons however he drilled out the foam with a 3/4 inch hole saw so the buttons would press in further I didn't think it was necessary - he did.   The cardboard template worked good for laying out the pattern and the pine wood around the edges worked out well to hold the strapping back enough so the gimp had room and went on nicely.  I put the pine because I thought the existing 1/2 inch edge wouldn't hold all the staples without breaking apart but this pine wood also allowed new room for a very neat gimp job.  This chair would never have been as nice if Jose didn't stop by -  upholstery by a pro was the craftsmanship necessary to have the best result.  Thanks Jose -






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General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:47:21 PM »
When I was just out of HS I worked in a shop with 10 guys most yelling Spanish curse words to overcome the noise of the machines.  No safety requirements  - no eye wash fountain - maybe a box of band aids in the office  - poor ventilation - always in a hurry - space heaters pointed at 5 gallon buckets of contact cement to keep it flowing - no dust collection system - trip hazards like wires running across the floor - the boss yelling in Italian to get the jobs done - ate lunch with dust settling around us -   never injured and there was always something telling me to be careful no matter what's going on around me.
I went to visit my old boss last year - he's 85 and still has his hands in the business - and in his blood. 
SA

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