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Messages - SteveA

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General Discussion / Re: How did Walt Disney make it?
« on: May 19, 2018, 11:26:21 AM »
Gene - I don't follow you - please elaborate on the religious context you observed ?
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Exit Strategy
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:09:27 PM »
I'm thinking more about whether I'll be able to run my business with a profit until I'm 66-1/2.  3-4 years to go and it's getting physically more difficult every year.  No body told me when I was in my 20's that after 60 you might slow down.  But how do plan for that - what cloud is hanging over your head in any given year  ?
The wild card is health - wishing you all blessings to do what you want when you want to when retirement comes knocking !
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Using Expanding Foam in Arm Chair
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:39:16 PM »
Expanding foam is not a solution.  Remove the cardboard and check to see if there are enough wooden support rails under the cardboard - if not add rails - when complete re-attach the cardboard than you'll build up the curve with under-laying materials e.g. foam, dacron, cotton.

SA

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Sorry for the caps - it came to me this way

ROMANTIC TEXT MESSAGE
 
AN ELDERLY COUPLE LEARNED TO SEND TEXT MESSAGES ON THEIR MOBILE PHONES.

THE WIFE, A RETIRED COLLEGE ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR WITH EMPHASIS ON THE CLASSICS, WAS AN UNAPOLOGETIC ROMANTIC; HER HUSBAND, A RETIRED SALTY NAVY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF THIRTY YEARS' SERVICE, WAS A NO-NONSENSE GUY.

ONE AFTERNOON THE WIFE WENT TO THE LOCAL STARBUCK'S TO MEET A FRIEND FOR COFFEE.  WHILE AWAITING HER FRIEND'S ARRIVAL, SHE EXERCISED HER NEW SKILL BY SENDING HER HUSBAND A ROMANTIC TEXT MESSAGE:
 
"IF YOU ARE SLEEPING, SEND ME YOUR DREAMS.  IF YOU ARE LAUGHING, SEND ME YOUR SMILE. IF YOU ARE EATING, SEND ME A BITE.  IF YOU ARE DRINKING, SEND ME A SIP. IF YOU ARE CRYING, SEND ME YOUR TEARS. I LOVE YOU."

THE HUSBAND RESPONDED:  "I'M TAKIN' A CRAP.   PLEASE ADVISE."

ALMOST BRINGS A TEAR TO YOUR EYES.


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General Discussion / Re: Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:24:56 AM »
Was that quilted backrest all sewn together before being applied ?  Will you put it back under the new fabric ?
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:22:35 AM »
Wrong thread

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General Discussion / Re: Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:03:31 AM »
I'm guessing that void on the seat rail was at one time filled with a tight knot that didn't cause anyone concern.  Years later a different story - needs a bridge - I know you're a bridge builder.
I see you have the dewalt.  I thinking of buying the Mikita compact impact driver just for the purpose of reinforcing with screws unseen wood areas in need of strength.
SA
 

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General Discussion / Re: The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 12, 2018, 12:29:43 PM »
When we were born - mid century was the current available style.  Today mid century is considered highly desirable and collectible.  Time marches on and antiques will always be considered anything older than 100 years.  Hopefully repairs will always be necessary.  England, France, Germany and the low countries lead the way as the best ever produced - Italy next - China, Spain and Portugal.
Probably not affordable to most - even restoration for these pieces will exceed the younger peoples budgets.  I don't care for that futuristic style but I'm a wood guy. Americans did make quality furniture which fits into the scale somewhere although many pieces in America were built by folks who came from another land.  The high rollers like Federal but if I were gifted furniture and I could choose I'll take Herter brothers - a Victorian maker and it doesn't get better than that for the 19th century American period.
My Children would rather shop at Raymour & Flanigan than purchase an antique from an auction or gallery.
SA
 
 

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General Discussion / Re: Friday Funny
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:46:15 AM »
COINCIDENCE

A chicken farmer went to the local bar. He sat next to a woman and ordered champagne.

The woman said : "How strange, I also just ordered a glass of champagne."

"What a coincidence," said the farmer, who added, "It is a special day for me. I am celebrating"

"It is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating!" said the woman.

"What a coincidence." said the farmer.

While they toasted, the farmer asked, "What are you celebrating?"

"My husband and I have been trying to have a child for years, and today, my gynecologist told me that I was pregnant."

"What a coincidence," said the man. "I am a chicken farmer and for years all my hens were infertile, but now they are all set to lay fertilized eggs."

"This is awesome," said the woman. "What did you do for your chickens to become fertile?"

"I used a different rooster," he said.


The woman smiled and said, "What a coincidence."
 

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General Discussion / Re: The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:25:21 PM »
I think a  percentage of folks are hyped up seeing a restoration.  But many pretend to care just so they convey they'll keep you on your toes.  Some are concerned that the quality of  restoration will match their level of furnishings and be acceptable to the Jones's.  Some are preserving their parents or grandparents memory. 
The folks who are determined to convince me they know how something should be done - the more it's revealed they have no idea what's really necessary to accomplish the job correctly.
I do embrace those who want to see the job as it progresses. This shows them; and they come to appreciate the work that really goes into every job.
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: May 04, 2018, 03:01:11 PM »
A building for Worship with cushioned pews.  I believe when you attend they want you to stay a while.  In our Roman Catholic Church there are no cushions just oak pews.  45 minutes, pass the basket, final Blessing and out you go.
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Over Looked ?
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:57:42 PM »
Starting from scratch - no patterns - the springs will be ziggers so that's not as laborious.  In all the years I know him he is never slow or needs a job.  There is always the one he's working on and one behind it waiting.  He's not pricing to steal a job away - he's just not realizing his skill comes so easy to hm and he doesn't work enough of his talent into the quote.  I think we all must do that to some extent.
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Friday Funny
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:45:54 AM »
A Nottingham woman has lost her case at Nottingham magistrates court today after she tried to sue Queens Medical Center after her Husband went in for an operation which left him unable to have sex afterwards. Mrs. Mnger of Bulwell aged 67 said to reporters outside Court this afternoon " me and me 'usband Fred 'ave 'ad bangin sex till 'e went ta 'ospital and 'ad 'is operation. Now 'es not interested 'n me and it's all cause tem docs. 
The surgeon who performed the operation and attended court to give testimony said, " all we did was remove Fred's Cataracts! "

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The Business Of Upholstery / Over Looked ?
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:34:30 AM »
I was visiting my buddy Jose a life long upholsterer - a customer came in and showed us a photo of a large French Settee that was just refinished.  The seat was ply wood and the finish high quality.  They asked how much would it cost to recover this and make the seat softer ?  Jose quoted $ 900.00. 
Without suggesting if the quote was too high or too low I asked him " how did you get to that price."  Without hesitation he said - I need springs, foam, cotton, burlap, webbing, and piping.

  He never mentioned the labor working around a newly refinished frame, matching the pattern, cutting around all the leg and backrest posts, and making the backrest and seat look well sculptured.  I thought to my self it's not quite the size of a sofa but $ 1200.00 would not have been out of line for this area of the World.

 I realize I'm doing the same thing - when a customer asks for a price I think about how much paint remover and lacquer I need - how much sanding - is it going to be a polished finish -  how far to go to pick it up - do I need help to carry it -  and the labor goes mostly unconsidered.
Is anyone else guilty of over looking the experience and craftsmanship that's brought to the table when a price is quoted ?
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Excitement
« on: May 02, 2018, 10:00:00 AM »
Satisfying & Confident.  Doing what I like to do and earning a living at it is very satisfying.  Confidence took time because like you I am mostly self taught.  I worked part time in a shop for 5 years out of high school but when I left the shop I really didn't have enough experience to say every job was going to be an easy one.  Lots of mistakes and many times lost money but what a ride.  I wouldn't trade that life experience ! 
SA

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