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General Discussion / Re: Upholstery Blog
« on: February 25, 2012, 09:48:27 AM »
Boy, I can sympathize with those bloggers. You guys have helped me so much with my wingback, but there's no doubt that I'm really basically in over my head.

And it has most definitely given me a new appreciation for upholstery work. I also learned a lot about how an upholstered chair ought to be built. For some reason, I had a hard time finding much information on this aspect of the woodworking when I built the chair.

So... next time I build a chair, I will hopefully put all the bars in the right places, and design it so it is easy... for someone else to upholster!  ;D  Just kidding. Well, maybe, maybe not. I don't know. I've learned a lot, and am mostly enjoying the process, but if I build chairs for people besides myself, I'll probably take them to a pro. Assuming I can find a good pro around here, that is.

General Discussion / Re: Study Finds “New Car Smell” is Toxic
« on: February 19, 2012, 10:23:00 AM »
Doesn't surprise me that it is actually toxic. I always hated it, and didn't know why anyone would like it, except for the "prestige" of a new car or whatever.

Several years ago  my parents bought a new Chevy Tahoe. A very nice rig, but I couldn't stand to ride in it for more than short trips because the smell was so overpowering it made me nauseous.

General Discussion / Re: Upholstering a tight seat on wingback
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:17:06 AM »
Thanks, everyone, you guys rock!

Mike802: Is there a video showing how you did the back of the chair? I think I've watched them all, but that part seems to be missing? Or am I just not finding it?

Thanks again!

General Discussion / Upholstering a tight seat on wingback
« on: February 10, 2012, 09:21:55 AM »
Morning everyone,

So the horsehair I ordered arrived yesterday. I'm already afraid I didn't order nearly enough, given the size of the box. But anyway, I'm working on my wingback chair I posted pics of earlier. I tied the springs for the seat and covered them with burlap.

I've been keenly following Mike's videos. However, that chair is going to have a cushion. I would like my chair to have a tight seat.

So I'm wondering what the next step is... is it basically the same as doing the deck, except that instead of building up the front, you cover it evenly with cotton?

Here's my plan for the seat:
Add edge rolls to front and sides in front of the arm posts.
Add horse hair on top of burlap
Cover seat with muslin
Add a layer or two of cotton to seat
Cover with finish fabric

Sound about right? Am I missing anything? Of course I'll do the wings and arms also before putting the final cover fabric on.

General Discussion / Re: Alternative to horsehair?
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:58:05 AM »
Thanks for the info, Andrew. The chair is new and has never been upholstered before, so authenticity / originality is not mandatory. I do have sort of "traditionalist" leanings, however. The seat is approximately 22" x 24" If a pound of horsehair would do it, that's really not so bad cost wise. It is to be a tight seat. But if modern materials would be more comfortable, I'm certainly interested that.

Gene: if using foam instead, are we talking just 2" thick seat foam, or something like that?

General Discussion / Re: Alternative to horsehair?
« on: February 01, 2012, 08:59:44 AM »
Hmm. Oddly, the barbershop actually gave me a thought. (Run while you can!)

What do you think about using wool instead? My parents have sheep, used to have some navajo churros, which are gnarly, shaggy little sheep with very coarse wool. Not as coarse as horse / hog hair, though. If I'm not mistaken, I think there are bags and bags of the stuff (cleaned and carded, some or most of it is probably in batts to be spun) in the attic that they'd probably let me have for free.

I know that wool tends to felt, but on a seat, that might be a good thing?

General Discussion / Alternative to horsehair?
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:03:04 AM »
Watching Mike's great videos on upholstering a wingback chair has really been a wonderful help! I'm wondering though if there is an alternative to horsehair that is a little more easily available / affordable?

General Discussion / Re: How tight should webbing be for a sprung seat?
« on: January 29, 2012, 10:06:17 PM »
Thanks guys. I think I got it fixed up. I used the tacks a couple places because when I tried to force the webbing down with the staple gun, the staple would cut straight through the webbing. Ugh! I tried reducing the pressure, but then it wouldn't drive the staple home. In any event, I ended up using some clamps and a steel ruler to hold the webbing down and eventually got it tightened up quite a bit. I had to re-do most of the webbing though. But it is vastly improved.

General Discussion / How tight should webbing be for a sprung seat?
« on: January 29, 2012, 01:01:46 PM »
So I started on my wingback chair, and I'm having difficulty getting the webbing stretched tight. The problem is getting down into the dado while keeping the tension.  So there seems to be more give than I like. But this is the first time I've used jute webbing. I used nylon webbing on some slip seats, but those didn't have any lip or scallops obviously, so I had no trouble getting it good and tight. What do you think about using nylon or something instead that doesn't have much stretch to it? I don't want to go through all the trouble of doing the springs, etc., if it is going to sag badly right away. 

As you can see, I put the webbing close together (accidentally a little too close in places), but it still gives quite a bit.

General Discussion / Re: Pleats in car seat?
« on: January 29, 2012, 10:21:52 AM »
Yes, those seats in that link are beautiful! Thank you all for the information. When I get the passenger seat back, I may get some sew foam and try it on that. But I don't want the two seats to look radically different from each other, of course. The passenger seat doesn't get used that much either.

General Discussion / Re: Pleats in car seat?
« on: January 28, 2012, 09:27:34 AM »
Thanks, guys!

I did not use sewfoam, and I only have a very vague idea of what it is used for or what its purpose is. Since I'm a total newbie, would you guys kindly explain just what it is, and how I should have used it? Feel free to point out how it would have made these better.

When I took the old seats apart, I didn't find much left of the padding. What I could discern was some horsehair or rubberized horsehair type stuff and some cotton on the back. The bottom seat had some foam that looked like the eggcarton stuff you put on a bed that's too hard. Not that I'm going for originality. I'm more concerned with functionality (and of course, good looks don't hurt either!).

General Discussion / Re: Pleats in car seat?
« on: January 27, 2012, 09:57:07 AM »
Thanks everyone for the advice. The vinyl says "Authentic Enduratex" on it, and "CGCP" I got it from a local mill end fabric place. I learned a lot in this process, and the results are far from perfect. Like on one corner I didn't get close enough to the piping, and so it's not as even as it should be. I think I should also take the back off again, and maybe add some padding near the top, since there appears to be some "space" left, and it's not quite straight across. A friend is welding up a broken piece on the passenger seat, so when he's done, I'll have another one to practice on. It looks like I need to pay more attention to how I do the foam / padding.

I'm a novice, and this is just for my own car, so I think it is good enough for me. I won't be making a living at this any time soon!

General Discussion / Re: Pleats in car seat?
« on: January 20, 2012, 04:00:44 PM »
Thanks guys!

I'm in Nevada, USA, where it is unfortunately not real easy to find Moggy parts. I'm saved by luckily living not too far from a guy who is something of a Minor legend around here. These seats are not original to my car, and are a couple years later. (Mine's a '59 - I think. Titled as a '57) The original seats for my car are MIA.

Sounds like I better cut it on the bias, since there are lots of corners on the covers, which may be challenging. Any other tips to prevent wrinkling / puckering on the corners? I've noticed the vinyl stretches pretty good in one direction, but not in the other.

General Discussion / Pleats in car seat?
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:30:04 PM »
Greetings all,

I have a pair of seats for my Morris Minor that I want to recover. As you can see in the picture, the old seat covers have pleats, which have "opened." I like the look of the pleats, but I'm afraid of them being a weak link so to speak. Of course, these are 50 years old, so if it lasts half that long, I'll be happy. But do you have any advice for preventing the pleats tearing open, or worse, just tearing up, like on the seat?

I plan to do the new covers in a vinyl called Endurotex. For the piping/welt, do I need to cut it on the bias, like with fabric?

Any other tips would be appreciated. I am a novice, and this is my first project with vinyl.


General Discussion / Re: Buying springs?
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:21:07 AM »
Thanks all for the info and the helpful links. I'm planning on making a fixed / solid seat. Or whatever you call it when there is not a separate, removable cushion.

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