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General Discussion / Re: A Recent Project....
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:25:39 PM »
Thanks Kody!

But, please believe me when I say that I will NEVER be in the running for the "Nicest Shop on this Forum" prize!  My little hole in the back of my mom's 75 year old garage is a mere 10'x17'.  It was my dad's shop until he passed away 3 1/2 years ago.  I sold my small trucking company, took a few months to "deflate", and then proceeded to gut and remodel the shop.

That "wood floor" is an economy grade laminate that Lowes had on sale for $.68 per square foot.  I nailed up a bunch of pegboard to hang tools, sample books, whatever else that could be hung on one side that is my "work area".  A 57x96 cork topped cutting board/crap collector dominates the other side.

I may get around to posting pictures of my shop one of these days.  It ain't much, but it keeps me close to "home" where I can keep an eye on my mom.....and still feel dad's presence as I try to "carry on the tradition".


General Discussion / Re: A Recent Project....
« on: April 23, 2011, 06:17:05 PM »
Thanks Gene!

The "genuine" Eames chair designed in the mid 50's by the Eames brothers is currently being made by Hermann-Miller, and are selling from anywhere from $3500 to $5200.  A knock-off of the design can be had for around $900-1600 depending on it's quality (and the quality of the reproductions varies widely). 

In my house, it has become known as "the energy sucking chair".  It can put almost anybody to sleep within 10 minutes!


General Discussion / Re: A Recent Project....
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:18:27 AM »
Thanks Bobbin!   Each cushion is built onto a formed 5mm plywood insert and the button cording is passed through and stapled.  The inserts themselves are held onto the shell pieces by a couple of steel brackets.


General Discussion / Re: A Recent Project....
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:38:05 AM »
Thanks Chris!!

The "old man with the gray hair" is the guy who puts his 15 and 17 year old slaves....uh, I mean sons....in a choke hold whenever they suggest that I should get some Grecian Formula, or call me "old man"  ;D  At the same time I remind them that I didn't have gray hair until THEY came along.....(their 33 year old brother contributed to quite a few of those silver ones as well).

I've always been AR when it comes to a nice wood finishing job...especially when it's my own stuff being done.  We'll see what happens to that attitude when I start manufacturing these things.


General Discussion / A Recent Project....
« on: April 22, 2011, 03:06:54 PM »
An old "Eames" chair.....more precisely, a Taiwaneese knock-off.....that my ex bought me 16 years ago.  It has endured toddlers, (#$@^&!*) cats, and life in general.  Being made in Asia, the veneer was Luan, which is fine for underlayment, marginal for doors, and absolute crap as a furniture veneer.  The luan met the business end of my belt sander  ;D  I then applied a very nice red oak veneer, and put a 13 step finish on it using a cherry stain.

I found a huge warehouse in St.Louis that had most every kind/color of leather you might imagine (including big rattlesnakes and caimen).  The project is chronicled here....


Someday soon, I plan to start building my own versions of this chair, including an office/desk model.  Enjoy!!!!?!


General Discussion / Re: My First....
« on: March 23, 2011, 10:03:10 PM »
Congratulations Gramps ! ! !  ;D


General Discussion / Re: Happy! Happy! Happy!
« on: March 14, 2011, 12:20:04 AM »
I have one of those picker-uppers too, it's called my wife!

I typically have one of my slaves....uh, I mean teenagers with me every other weekend or so.  One time I had my youngest (almost 16 now) picking up around the shop and he refered to me as "old man"...... of course, I had to put him in a choke-hold  ;D


General Discussion / Re: Happy! Happy! Happy!
« on: March 13, 2011, 04:45:23 PM »
Attach one of those squealing "key finders" to it  :D

One Christmas a number of years ago, my kids 'bought' me one of those as a stocking stuffer.  Supposedly, all you had to do was clap and it would start squealing.  Darn thing would squeal at the slightest provocation though.... a drawer closing, kids running through the living room, dog barking....

I eventually opened it up and removed the battery.  I am however thinking about taking it to my shop and attaching it to my favorite scisssors..... ::)


General Discussion / Re: Great New Auto Upholstery Blog
« on: March 12, 2011, 10:46:17 PM »
I've bookmarked you as well ! !

While I haven't decided if I will be serious about automotive jobs, I do have a number of truck seats lined up because of my former life as a FedEx contractor (some of us fat-azzes could shred a seat in 3 years!).


General Discussion / Re: Coolest Car/Boat ever!
« on: February 25, 2011, 11:52:19 PM »
Two scenarios...

A Dodge Pick-up, a Corvette, and a Baja jet-boat hooked up at a party, did some drugs and a few other things while their parents weren't watching.  Which one gave birth, and which two were the "baby daddys"


A mad scientist extracted dna from each of the above, mixed them in a petri dish and let it incubate in the shop for a while.

Doesn't matter either way... it's on my bucket list ! ! !  ;D


Jeff, that's correct, same exact known issue.  Did you install the part we sent, or are you still using the same factory one?

Took me all of 30 seconds to swap out the part Gregg.  Looking at them side-by-side, there is a definite difference between them.  I thought about sending the old one back (and still could if you'd like), but I'm sure you already know what I saw. 

The last time I had a problem, I called Keystone knowing you were closed for the day and that I would simply leave a message.  Your dad tried calling me back no less than 2-3 times that night...but my phone's battery had long since died.  The first call I received the next morning was from your dad!

There have been absolutely no probelms since then, except for a few broken needles....but I guess that's why they come in 6-packs!  ;D  Thanks for all of the great support that you, your dad and mom provide us customers of Keystone!


Jan,  I had this exact same problem.  Thanks to some GREAT support from Gregg and his dad Lenny (talking me through the fix as Gregg just outlined), I was able to get back in operation and learned a lot about the machine in the process. 

For all I new, there were little tiny elves under the deck that took care of all that hookin' and loopin' stuff and maybe I should lube them up with a drop or two of Irish whiskey.....  :P


My kid is in the back scraping foam as I type this.  Thank god for teenage slave labor lol.

I have a couple of those teenage slaves....er...sons

But I don't call it "slave labor".  I prefer to instead call it "Character Building" ;D


General Discussion / Re: Horsehair
« on: January 28, 2011, 09:04:39 AM »
.....how do you get rid of chiggers that are already under your skin?

I'm in the heart of chigger country.  You really can't get rid of them, you have to suffocate them.  As Florida Girl already said, a dab of nail polish on the bite usually does it.  Use benadryl to kill the itch.


General Discussion / Re: Looking for hands on machine instruction
« on: January 22, 2011, 06:29:12 PM »
Welcome aboard Evan ! !

Look on the "Suppliers" tab, there is a company called Coachtrim....nowhere near close to you, and a bit pricey for a day's instruction (plus airfare, plus hotel, plus taxi.....)

Bobbin's method is probably best. Just jump on it!!!  Scotty had a great idea as well with removing the needle thread and practice punching straight lines in paper.

My only formal sewing instruction was 35 years ago when some genius in our school admin thought it would be a great idea to take the guys from shop class, and the gals from home ec, and switch us for a month.  Home ec teacher almost had a stroke when 25 hillbilly kids got turned loose on her machines.... :P


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