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Messages - Darren Henry

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General Discussion / Re: Mid century furniture
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:38:06 AM »
no magic formula. All I've ever done was to put a clip on one end and draw it to the tension I want and mark it ( allowing for the clip, of course). Then let it relax and cut the rest the same length.

General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:29:33 AM »
When I got starved out of making shoes I sub contracted for a guy doing camp maintenance and light construction. One day we were making kitchen cabinets for a camp we were building and he told me to run this tiny piece of wood through the table saw. I started looking for a push stick and says " just hold it by the corner here" . During the ensuing argument I had to point out that he only had 5 digits left and that I intended to keep all 10 of mine.

I have no chalet, etc... and Winnie knows where the keys are to my gun safe. I'd better avoid fancy restaurants.

Anybody know how to get an ice cream truck to cruise rural areas?

General Discussion / Re: Pricing Banquette Seating & Foam
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:50:07 AM »
I've never used formulas for quoting. If it's something I haven't done recently or a little different I work it out long hand. In this case 4 yds of fabric @X$/yd= ? plus X sq.ft of 3" foam plus zippers and welt cord gives me my material price. Then each of the large cushions will take me so long @ my shop rate of $???plus so much for the two short ones etc... gives me a labour price. It's more work, but alot more accurate and going through it like that often helps me pick up on ,things that don't fit in to formulas like "oh yeah she wants tassles sewn in as well".

I don't get the selection of compression ratings from my suppliers up here that Doyle is alluding to, but 3" would be my suggestion. If the back cushion sit on top of the seat cushions you could look at using 2" for the backs to gain seat depth. Depends on the fabric.

Are you building the banquette as well ? or just  cushions?

General Discussion / Re: Poly batting versus cotton
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:21:12 AM »

wouldn't that be the board that is screwed onto the front deck border to attach the springs to?

General Discussion / Re: Home Theater Job
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:21:52 AM »
"The frame was built by a cabinet maker and of course nobody bothered to consult the upholsterer in the design."

OMG That is a recipe for hard times. We are in the midst of re-doing the backs on restaurant booths that were obviously never intended to be worked on again. Whoever designed them upholstered the backs right to the frame (no removable parts), and screwed them together back to back. Not a huge deal,even with the show wood ends. What is a real pain is how they designed the wooden divider that sits on top to isolate the two booths. A wooden box 10" high and 4" deep is screwed on ( and some later glued for good measure) from the top. Then an oak 2X4 is mounted to a piece of MDF that fits inside the box on rails to "float" the 2X4 by about 3/4". This is glued in place!!! After some serious damage to the last two we removed we had to resort to cutting the screws off with a saws all and finding a new way to re-mount the dividers. I would have really liked to have had some input on that design.

Awesome job as always Ed. Thanks for sharing.

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:32:28 PM »
In a book I found a simple(r) project making a key holder. I could then stamp my logo on it.

---Or gold press, or screen printing, or ??

I don't want to jack your thread. How about you PM me your phone number, and we talk about what your goals is and what your thinking? then I could jump back in here. I don't pay for long distance from home, but I'm in Manitoba so two hours later than your time.

get your checkbook out hehe
Just admiring them leather stamp punches Darren had on his bench, they dont give them away thats for sure.

Thanks for the kind words Floyd. You are not lying about the cost of this craft. Each of those stamps in the background cost me $9-19 back in the late 90's. then you add in all the other tools.---It adds up quick. that is why I was suggesting he kept things simple.

General Discussion / Re: Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:55:28 PM »
I had surprisingly good luck last night posting some photobucket shots I have to Ian's post about leather. I had less pop ups and problems than usual and  I copied the line above Thumb nail ,and pasted it directly into the body of my post. It behaved like we used to do with the "Copy thumb nail--insert photo---paste" drill that we used to use.

Works up here. Somebody want to try down in the States or overseas?

Thanks again for the ongoing hard work Inger

General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:39:31 PM »
Sorry to hear about the little "set backs". You have worked so long and so diligently on this master's piece that you deserve a better break. Hang in there Steve---You'll get  'er dun! Are you still ahead of the DIL's schedule??? [cheesy/wink]

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: October 25, 2017, 09:58:54 PM »
there is also another method of skiving leather without of buying a skiving  machine that was $3000 back when I apprenticed in early 90's. You can sand the edge. I've had to do that with deer hide (too stretchy), split pig skin ( too weak), etc.. You aren't going to go out and buy a finisher, obviously, but I have done it on a number of sanding devices. Here is my portable finisher.

I have also clamped a belt sander into a workmate and used one of those bench mounted belt/disc sanders. Simply hold the project on a flat semi flexible surface like a piece of 1/4" plywood or a leather half sole and draw it up against the rotation of the sander on an angle a few times until you have your skive.

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: October 25, 2017, 09:30:31 PM »
Hopefully this is a FB pic of a tina knife.

that was cool! here is a pic of my 31K20 with the rolling foot

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:45:57 AM »
Short of buying a kit from Tandy with all the special tools, does anyone have any suggestions?

Tandy has some nice toys, but they are more gheared towards leather carving etc... not sewing chrome tanned leather.The one thing that would be nice from there is a marble slab although a square foot of 1/4"plate glass works just as well. You'd be better off talking to a ocal shoe maker or shoe repair person and find oujt hwerer they get their shoe findings. You'll need a tina knife and and a quart of cement. I prefer Helitin or Renia but even Barge will work for booking those edges.

Whether post machine or  flat bed the biggest difference in machines for sewing that close to the edge is the foot.Any machine I've made shoes on had a rolling foot. It is a wheel just to the left of the needle instead of a conventional foot. This allows you to see the needle and the edge with nothing in rthe road. I'll try to upload a picture of mine from photobucket when I have a chance. In the meantime try using a zipper foot.

Gonna be late for work. See you tomorrow.

General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:20:03 AM »
Any time I go on a service call like that the small compressor. stapler etc,,,in case I have to rip something down to the frame. Oh yeah---and a drop cloth grin,

General Discussion / Re: Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: October 22, 2017, 08:51:00 AM »
Hi Inger. Thank you for keeping this board going as well as you have. I've been having my morning coffee on here most every morning since Feb. '04. I've learned a lot, made some very good friends and hopefully have been able to help some here and there. Loosing this board or having it compromised would be very sad indeed.

 I do however have a problem with you're being in Norway---Now I can't whine about our Canadian winters. LOL. Hopefully we get more snow than you and I can whine about that from my little "smoking tent" on the back deck.

General Discussion / Re: Headlining
« on: September 23, 2017, 10:39:22 AM »
if Alcantara is the stuff I'm thinking of * I've seen it fail as auto headling in that ten year time. The dense foam backing just turned to dust.

* The stuff I'm thinking of is sold here for auto headliners. It's about 3-4 mm (3/16") thick with a velour type fabric and dense foam  rubber backing.

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