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General Discussion / Re: Hand-tied Springs: 4-way v. 8-way
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:18:47 AM »
The 4-way has been the European standard for over 100 years.

Somewhere in 40's USA manufacturers began touting the 8-way as a superior method. Many Europeans to this day will contend that the 8-way is just a sales pitch.

I prefer the 8-way. But I notice that many now are employing more of a double 8-way. Basically 8-way tying them twice. I think this might be overkill. What's next? Just weld them all together?

General Discussion / Re: Managing larger projects
« on: February 09, 2019, 08:50:47 AM »
Looks like you should find a way to pick up and deliver if you want to be in business 65. If you can handle it you just need a strong young person willing to make a few bucks. They are all over. Some can handle furniture some just cant but you being there will let you know.

Yeah, there's the catch. The good ones who will handle the furniture in a safe, professional manner are likely too expensive. So you have to just hire knuckleheads and watch them like a hawk. I always insist on being the guy on one end of every sofa, because I know the guy on the other end is either an idiot, or he just doesn't care.

General Discussion / Re: Managing larger projects
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:24:27 AM »
I strongly encourage my customers to bring their own. Most do, but some just can't. 

For in-town pickups and deliveries, I hire a helper on an "as needed" basis.

I tell my out of town customers that they will have to provide a helper at their home. For many years, that was never a problem. But it seems that as I age, so does my client base. Quite often now, the person who is supposed to help me is no longer as physically capable as he thought he was. Then I'm stuck trying to carry both ends of a sofa.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Are You Building Your Business?
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:42:32 AM »
I'm not thinking about retirement. But I'm not thinking about building my business either. I just get up and go to work every day. When I finish one piece, I move on to the next one.

I don't try to push it. 40 hrs. is enough. Not even remotely interested in expanding or hiring. Just keep my head down and keep chopping wood. Not interested in training the next generation of upholsterers. When I'm gone, they can tear my building down and put up a Jiffy Lube if they want to.

General Discussion / Re: Repair - are you sure ?
« on: January 31, 2019, 05:28:27 PM »
I agree with you Doyle - but there probably isn't enough cash available in the job to do it right.  They didn't tell me how it was damaged but they sure don't make furniture like they used too !


I make my best money doing those kind of repairs. You just have to resist the temptation to try and make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Even a low budget fix will likely leave it better than it was when it was new.

General Discussion / Re: Foam prices
« on: January 27, 2019, 04:28:29 PM »
The sheet that I most commonly buy from US Foam is 6" X 30" X 108"  in 2.7 density 35 lbs. compression.

That sheet dropped from $162 down to $126 which reflects a drop of 22%.

As far as I know, no other foam suppliers have announced a price drop. 

General Discussion / Re: Pod Chair
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:15:51 PM »
I think you might be crazy for trying to hand-stitch the OB on. I would sew a complete cover like before (you don't necessarily have to top stitch it if you don't want to). I've done a few of those, and they really went a lot easier than I expected.

The key is to have a good stretchy fabric. Silk film will help the installation.  The area under that front deck piece is very forgiving, allowing you to make adjustments that will be hidden.

General Discussion / Re: Upholstery video
« on: January 12, 2019, 08:47:42 AM »
I guess he only has 1" and 2" foam available to him. If he had 3" and 4", he could save a ton on glue.

General Discussion / Re: Make it Rock ?
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:42:53 PM »
I do not feel like messing with photobucket today. SD's photo works. All those adds though.

 I suspect this is why this discussion board is drying up. It's so-o-o-o-o much easier to post pics and vids on Facebook.

A woman asks her husband "Have you ever seen $20 all crumpled up?"
"No" said the husband.
She unbuttons her blouse, and pulls a crumpled $20 bill out of her lacy bra and gives it to him. He smiles.

Then she asks "Have you ever seen $50 all crumpled up?". Excitedly, the husband says no. So she lifts her skirt, and pulls a crumpled $50 bill out of her silk panties. By now, the husband is even more excited.

Then she asks "Have you ever seen $75,000 all crumpled up?"
"No! No!" replied the husband completely giddy with excitement.

"Well.........you better check the garage".

General Discussion / Re: Make it Rock ?
« on: January 11, 2019, 08:51:44 AM »
The photo still doesn't work. But the blue hyperlink does.

General Discussion / Re: Make it Rock ?
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:05:36 PM »

Copy and paste the img thumb

General Discussion / Re: Make it Rock ?
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:33:35 PM »
I couldn't open them either (until I clicked on the links you provided).

Testing my thumbnails:

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Massasoit/Tackband
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:57:00 PM »
Could be a good thing, could be bad.

Might be a case of yet another sinking upholstery supply company being gobbled up on the cheap by Osborne.

Osborne has been great for the industry. And I wish them success. But not at the expense of the few tool and supply manufacturers that remain.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Online Sales
« on: December 31, 2018, 05:16:53 PM »
My son bought a set of tires for his car online. High end tires. He paid a local garage to balance and install the tires and he saved about $200 including the cost of shipping.
I'm sure his local garage was thrilled to just make an hourly wage for installing tires that they made no profit on .

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