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General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:35:45 PM »
Yup, straight cuts are tricky. I do fine now, and as you say, with Dacron etc it doesn't matter much.
Still using a Monty Ward that was given to me. And first used as the tool for the TG turkey. Keeps on hummin away.

General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:17:23 PM »
I look all the time ebay and rarely does a used bosch go for much less than a brand new one.

Gene, you must have cut an awful lot of foam for those blades to become dull.

I've looked at a couple fileting knives (electric) which some people say work great. But they have the short coiled cord. And, no bottom guide to keep the blade straight.

General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: August 15, 2018, 07:36:31 PM »
All good advice here.

I am still a lot less experienced. But so far I just plan for longer. As long as the customer knows up front it might take a little longer, that's better than not meeting your agreed date. So far I haven't missed a self imposed deadline.

General Discussion / Re: retro barstools
« on: August 11, 2018, 02:58:43 PM »
Kody - sorry you had that experience. They do look incredible though. What kind of fabric was it?

General Discussion / Re: Entrance Doors
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:42:03 PM »
You're really branching out from upholstery Steve?

General Discussion / Re: retro barstools
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:40:40 PM »
I had another thought. A little while ago I spotted a furniture reupholsterer down in LA actually hand sewing. It was one of those Arne Jacobsen egg chairs. If you're not sure what this is, check it out. Probably the epitomy of unreal, gray hair inducing curves and contours.
Plus, it was done in leather. Pinned first then hand sewn. Came out beautiful.
Btw, thanks for suggestions already made

General Discussion / Re: retro barstools
« on: August 09, 2018, 11:06:04 PM »
Well... that's no fun.

We have a couple IKEA barstools that are leather over a foam substrate (closed cell I think -very thin) which are stitched. Granted they have better tools and equipment.. but, is there any way I can do this without the buttons? Client was quite adamant. Worse comes to worse, I'll just say sorry, it's beyond my skill level. I will be doing  some nice loungers which I'll share.

General Discussion / Re: auto foam
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:31:48 PM »
I would think a pre-molded poly foam would be your best bet. Where to find? I usually begin with ebay and then once I figure out exactly what it is, you can search other vendors.

General Discussion / retro barstools
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:30:08 PM »
Mid Century!

Client asks that I eliminate the buttons. Were they installed to help the outside back be nice and tight?

And, think inside back/welt/outside back is sewn into one piece and then installed?


General Discussion / Re: Pleatz
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:58:56 PM »
Yeah Darren I also temp tack front-back & side-side to keep everything square.
I think weave is definitely a factor. Or lack thereof, as with vinyl.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Expansion, different sector?
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:52:55 PM »
I've decided my best bet is to stick with furniture upholstery. It's what I'm best at, and I really can't compete with the auto/boat people.
I continue to go to the local designer meetings, and know most everyone/ vice-versa.
A couple designers have taken me up on small jobs. To be expected and I completely understand.
I'd really like to get a few profitable jobs with valuable pieces. Thoughts?

General Discussion / Re: Pleatz
« on: July 23, 2018, 12:10:46 PM »
Looks good Steve.

As for the vinyl - I could see that being a little easier.
These particular seats had two tiny pleats as the fabric became tucked under the seat frame. Actually 4, two either side of the corner. So that when viewed from above, it looked like there were no pleats at all.

General Discussion / Re: Pleatz
« on: July 22, 2018, 05:45:32 PM »
Thanks for that Kody.
Do you ever do these starting at the corners? I did that with the dacron and it worked out well. But, it was just dacron.
I 'turned in' my homework and the client did like them.
I have not done a job yet in which I re-used foam. I pretty much refuse to.

The vac packing I just meant my throw away stuff. We use the craziest bin possible and many times all my waste takes up so much room I have to alternate between household waste and upholstery waste.

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: July 22, 2018, 11:30:25 AM »
I saw on IG a very respectable designer/furniture maker in LA serges her edges before upholstering. I've thought of that before but I can't see why it's worth the time. Even for cushions.

General Discussion / Re: Pleatz
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:18:44 PM »
Cool. I've got to turn this homework in Friday so I think I'll leave it where it's at then. All together I think they look nice and they all got new webbing & foam. I think they're comfortable. I'm kind of a lightweight though. Maybe I should have my wife sit on my lap so I can tell what it would be like for a bigger person.
I was just curious because the original had no pleat at all. But it was much thinner and had no texture or stripe to keep even.

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