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General Discussion / Re: cutting corners
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:47:48 PM »
I take it you are placing like 2-3" of foam on top of the arm and padding over this down to the break of the top arm wood. You would fit this either by measurement or by fitting to the arm. It looks like a 2x4 on the top arm. So that is 3 1/2" wide you will have some filling on the sides of this making maybe 4 1/2" wide. I would call it 4" finish on the top down to 3 1/2 to the bottom that is down the thickness of the 2x4 1 1/2" plus the foam say 2" so it would finish 3 5/8" at 3" down. Taper the front edge and the side edge so all stays straight. When you sew the corners turn the fabric towards the back of the chair so you done see into the seam from the front. Make sense?

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General Discussion / Re: cutting corners
« on: January 15, 2018, 05:02:44 PM »
This style arm can have sewn in pleats in the front. They look nice and fit well.

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General Discussion / Re: Curves, arcs, math
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:11:32 PM »
Building onezes is what I do on occasion. Someone has a design idea, they may have a space to fill with a sofa or sectional and it is unique. I take the build on and from there I use my own knowledge to build it from the ground up. No CNC No CAD. It is just doing it. My furniture without trying to brag should be around for a long time. And I do use math at some points but I figured you were talking about ReUpholstery and using math for figuring curves. That is totally different ball game.

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General Discussion / Re: Curves, arcs, math
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:28:00 PM »
When and if you build a piece of furniture from scratch and do it very precisely then you could use geometry to figure most everything. But the variables in furniture are to much to really rely of math. Even filling is not precise. Check it sometime. Measure a piece of foam in several places sometime. Sometimes it is OK to use but more often it is just better to fit a pattern to the piece.

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General Discussion / Re: Curves, arcs, math
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:40:37 PM »
Furniture is not that precise. Especially used furniture.

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General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:44:15 PM »
This is where your hands come into play 65. You are going to rely on feel more than anything. Your hands can tell you many things by feeling in this trade. The filling you have on the front looks like it might be too much. Hard to tell by looking but think of it this way. You sprung it up new burlap so you have a new seat, a blank canvas, so to speak. You want to fill the top area back to the stitch line and up just over the edge roll with the old cotton making it as smooth as possible. Then when this feels good add another full piece of cotton over the whole front section down to where the skirt will be or all the way to the bottom without a skirt. As for the the deck this really should be done first. This is the area behind the stitch seam and back to the back. The front section has to be a bit higher like Kody said. I lay a yardstick on edge on the deck and front seat and make sure there is at an angle making the front taller. Feel it all, all the time with your hands. Get them use to being your eyes for filling purposes. You will eventually be able to feel a staple under layers of cotton. Probably a slight exaggeration there but the point is made.

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General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: January 09, 2018, 05:11:35 PM »
Are you putting a skirt on this? If so I kill the cotton at the skirt so the welt sits tight on the frame. No bulge under the skirt to make it puff out. If no skirt pad to the bottom edge of the frame and finish with a base welt.

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General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: January 08, 2018, 09:33:16 PM »
Nice job.

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General Discussion / How old are we anyway
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:19:29 PM »
Just post your age so we all know how old we really are. If you want that is.
I'm 66

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General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:52:12 PM »
Men dressed for success back in the day. Sometimes I miss that. It was nice getting dressed up sometimes.
Smoking everywhere was common. Hospitals, buses, on the plane, anywhere you wanted unless there was oxygen in the room.  My first radio was a crystal you moved this needle across the crystal until you found a station. It was like a stone and the needle was like a record player needle. TV wasn't out yet I dont think. The transistor was really a breakthrough. My first cell phone was in a big bag with a battery the size of a carton of smokes almost. It was cool as hell to be able to talk on the phone from anyplace. I remember having an insurance sales person over our apartment and my wife and I talking to him. He pulled out this little thing and started figuring our rates on it. I asked him what it was he said it was a calculator. Had never heard of one prior to that night LOL. Amazing shit that stuff.

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General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:42:53 PM »
Well, we have quite a few youngsters around and some of us old timers. At 66 I should be thinking about retiring but that isn't in the cards. I remember a few things that have changed dramatically.  Dennis mentioned the drinking. I was 17 and we all had hot cars. Mine was a 69 ss396 cevelle. We closed a place called Mums a friend cleaned there and were racing. We were all pretty drunk
 A cop pulled us over and I took off at 120 mph, wrapped it around 2 poles. No did they didn't exist yet.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Dining Room chair bottom rebuild/recover
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:38:35 AM »
The OEM is generally a one piece bladder which stretches out quickly and in my opinion of lesser quality. If this needs replacement I use either a elastibelt webbing stretched very tight or just cover it in plywood if the customer want it firm and using new foam.For some reason the factories never seem to staple the sides of this bladder stuff. Anyone know why this is? There has to be a reason they all seem to do it.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Warranty
« on: January 04, 2018, 06:49:29 PM »
I've always offered a 1 year guarantee on my labor when asked. I don't mention any guarantee on fabrics that is for the fabric company to offer. I have one company offering a lifetime warrantee on their fabrics. I explain it would cover the fabric not the labor. I am very honest with all this. Be careful what you promise.

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General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: January 03, 2018, 08:22:30 PM »
Looks pretty good 65,
  One tip on the burlap. It need to be tight. And when you staple down the front staple it to the top of the rail and then turn it to double or triple the thickness. The more you put on the front of the rail the more it is possible to be bulky. When you pull the burlap front to back lift it and pull it towards you not down just across the top of the springs then lay it down the front and staple it. This will make it tight and not pull the edge wire down. At some point you will see a piece of burlap on a job that is stitched around the perimeter to tighten it without pulling the edge down.
Keep it up your doing great.

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General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: January 03, 2018, 03:03:17 PM »
Two ways to do this front seat band.
1 - one piece with sewn pleats on the top area to makeup the curve. If you have the old pattern it would probably be close.
2 - two piece where the top piece is the shape of the front edge and face piece is a straight cut sewn with or without welts to the top piece.
You need to stitch the seat down to the burlap so the sew strip I mentioned b4 is used for that. 2 - 3" piece sewn to the top seat piece down the center line of the 2 - 3" sew strip.
I'm not sure why you think a larger seam allowance is needed in the seat seams. Also not sure what the grommet and elastic is for or where it was.


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