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General Discussion / Re: Seats
« on: Today at 08:25:25 AM »
Sure - I could easily make 6 seats look like a sloppy fit.  When I picked up the seats I brought a screw gun - took the screws out and the slip seats wouldn't budge.  I punched it twice and cut my finger from the force - I had to ask the customer for a hammer.  Took 3 or 4 shots to push the seat out.  Although the joinery is mortise + tenon - pinned - and no danger of splitting apart  it just seemed way too tight.   I don't know what Stickley is doing lately.  Quality is very questionable.  These seat frames are that paper pulp and are slightly warped concave - might flip them over. 
The fabric was stapled on w/3/8th staples and I was able to pull the fabric off with a light tug and every staple followed.  This customer likes Stickley - this is the same customer I did the Ziggers for last week on their Stickely L/R Chair.  Stickley furniture is world famous and it's odd to see the quality diminish.
I think I will trim only two edges of the seat frame half a saw blade and try one before doing the lot.

General Discussion / Seats
« on: August 18, 2018, 12:09:24 PM »
I got 6 seats to do - Stickley side chairs - cherry.  The no sag was mostly torn away and the owners are sitting in a hole.  The foam is good and I will use webbing, burlap, and cotton and put the existing foam back - it's in good shape and sculptured nicely to the seat.  Over the old seat foam was a 1/4 inch foam wrap that was glued to the seating foam and to the sides of the wood seat.  I don't think many here (experienced upholsters) would take the time to razor off the foam from the wood.  I'm guessing you would tear it off and replace it with new.  It took time but now it will be easier for me to put it back in the original footprint - everything is labeled.  The seats were very tight and although the new fabric is thinner I still need to mill down the edges 1/16 on four sides and touch the corners.

man it's bash doc week.  Now that we have heard he's reverent and will turn the other cheek ....... but it doesn't mean he won't hit back and he has a good right hand.
I'm not going to mess with the guy like you folks are - Dennis will get even. 
Well maybe I can take one small jab at him because you folks antagonized me - really Dennis it's not my fault  - These are for you - all quotes from your threads in the last  10 years

I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off.
My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance for idiots that needs work.
These days, "on time" is when I get there.
Even duct tape can't fix stupid - but it sure does muffle the sound.
Aging sure has slowed me down, but it hasn't shut me up.


General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 16, 2018, 09:18:53 AM »
It's definitely worth purchasing a dedicated foam cutter.  Maybe you can keep your eye open on ebay for one. 
Expensive but what isn't ?  Solid business expense for deduction -

General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: August 16, 2018, 09:12:58 AM »
Hey that was me that called twice and Rose hung up on me ?   

I just wanted to know if you could just replace the seat and the tops of the arms of my recliner -
Just kidding :)

General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:22:42 AM »
and I thinking what's the worst that could happen - the foam floats away - picks up a few splinters or tree sap -  but cat guts - the Mrs. will certainly call the shrink -

General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:49:48 PM »
I think we are all customer service orientated and use our people skills to survive.  The nicer folks are when you're working for them the more you tend to go out of your way to do better. At least that's me - I appreciate getting to know my customers and look forward to seeing them. 

When you put that Zigler statement on the front of your business card you may regret it.  The job is hard enough but when people say - can you pick up at 3pm, take your shoes off, don't make noise, don't rub the walls, tighten up the arms if they need it ,  and on and on ......... are you going to be that person the statement says you are ? 
Customers don't tend to have a mission statement that says -  every repair service is important, we must be considerate of a craftsman's time, hours, appointments, and all the hazards craftsman work around daily. 

I guess there is some place in the center that both sides feel comfortable but I could not give customers the idea it's OK to push the envelop and no one will push back.

General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:29:06 AM »
I'm not at all familiar with the Zigler quote.  I do know that kind of mission statement isn't easily followed by owners who are hands on.  When you're doing the work and running a business you can't be the jolly customer service person as well - at least I can't -
Two weeks ago a customer emailed me and asked if I could come out and fix the broken springs in her sofa.  She sent photos.  It appeared 3-4 ziggers were dislodged.  I gave her a price and she said I'm away for 10 days - I'll phone you when I'm back.  10 days pass and an email comes - I'm back I need a date for the repair.  I didn't have her address and needed to confirm the cost and tell her how much time I need in her home. I wanted to speak by phone.  I reply - it's better if we speak by phone.  The next day she emails me and is upset - ranting out loud that she doesn't have time for this email and I should have just emailed her a date.   I don't respond.  The next day she calls my machine and the message is - " either I get on the schedule today or I'll find someone else."   I thought good - she sounds like a nut. Let her go away -  2 days pass - she phones and I answer - again why haven't you scheduled.  I reply - it sounded like the 2 emails was heavy lifting for you and you said if I didn't call you'd find someone else.  With that she said FU and hung up.  The existence of that customer is not why I have survived in business. There are exceptions to that rule when you're one on one with customers.  Rose must be an Angel to be able to smooth over those crazies

General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:44:33 AM »
There's got to be a better method than shredding foam in a wood chipper.  Last time i bought shredded foam it was inexpensive and the company does take back pieces of leftover foam and giveyou credit.  I didn't have enough leftover to send back but it may be worth it for you.

General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:44:55 AM »
When the bankers and lawyers volunteer to help it's surprising how inept they are.  I'd be shocked if they could back a screw out with a Phillips bit in the drill chuck without it slipping off the mark.  Their intentions are good but I would take one slightly aging "Doc" any day before I would hire the crew of weekend greenhorns.

General Discussion / Re: Entrance Doors
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:32:46 AM »
Woodworking is my trade - Upholstery...... I'm at best an entry level apprentice.  Buick you have done more sewing than I have.  Anyway every part of an upholstery job has a wood frame and maybe a finish.  My entries usually are in woodworking and finishing.  I've learned from those here and hopefully I have given back with what I'm most familiar with in my trade.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Mojo and the rest on Marketing
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:26:52 AM »
Just a little humor for Chris - Please don't write me nasty letters :)

Today's Bible Lessons
In today’s world with President Trump getting hit daily, I decided a little Bible Lesson might be appropriate.
Remember what Jesus said: 'Goats on the left, sheep on the right' (Matthew 25:33).
Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it from the right side of the boat.  He did and filled the boat with fish.
John 21:6 (NIV) ... He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish."
Origin of Left & Right.. I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left".
By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) - "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left."
Thus sayeth the Lord. Amen
It surely can't get any simpler than that.
Spelling Lesson: The last four letters in American........ I Can
The last four letters in Republican........ I Can
The last four letters in Democrats........ Rats
End of lesson! ..Test to follow on November 6, 2018.
Remember, November 2018 is to be set aside as rodent removal month.
Please share this Bible Lesson with all your friends and email buddies to help achieve that goal.
Never grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be .

Subject: Ah the joy of aging

Barb was lying in bed one night. Larry was falling asleep but Barb was  in a
romantic mood and wanted to talk.

She said: "You used to hold my hand when we were courting."

Wearily he reached across, held her hand for a second and tried to get back
to sleep.

A few moments later she said: "Then you used to kiss me... "

Mildly irritated, Larry reached across, gave her a peck on the cheek and
settled down to sleep.

Thirty seconds later she said: "Then you used to bite my Neck..."

Angrily, Larry threw back the bed clothes and got out of bed.

"Where are you going?" Barb asked."To get my teeth!"


80-year old Bessie bursts into the rec room at the retirement home.  She
holds her clenched fist in the air and announces, "Anyone who can guess
what's in my hand can have sex with me tonight!!"

An elderly gentleman in the rear shouts out, "An elephant?"

Bessie thinks a minute and says, "Close enough."


Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they
had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities
had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now
don't get mad at me... I know we've been friends for a long time but I just
can't think of your name. I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it.
Please tell me what your name is."

Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and
glared at her. Finally she said, "How soon do you need to know?"


As a senior citizen was driving down the motorway, his car phone rang.

Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Vernon, I just
heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on I-25. Please be

"Hell," said Vernon, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"


A little old lady who had lost her marbles was running up and down the halls
in a nursing home. As she ran, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown
and say "Supersex." She ran up to an elderly man in a wheelchair, flipping
her gown at him, she said, "Supersex."

He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, "I'll take the


Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both could barely see
over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to major
crossroad. The stop light was red, but they just went on through.

The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself,  "I must be losing it. I
could have sworn we just went through a red light."

After a few more minutes, they came to another major junction and the light
was red again. Again, they went right through.

The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red
but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous.

At the next junction, sure enough, the light was red and they went on
through. So, she turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred, did you know
that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us

Mildred turned to her and said, "Oh! Am I driving?

General Discussion / Entrance Doors
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:09:51 PM »
This was Thursday's job.  Working on site - the up and down from working on the floor was a killer.  Below photos in no particular order - the bottom of the door was split because someone tried to force the door open without lifting the bolt that locks the bottom of the door.

Yes it does have an elliptical inlay along the edge.  The lighting in the shop was casting shadows and a certain amount of chatoyance can't be avoided.  Here is a photo outside on my way to delivery

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