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General Discussion / Re: Pod Chair
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:13:14 AM »
One thing to consider with felt is it is very thin and tends to show every imperfection under it. You are replacing the foam and that is probably a good thing. I imagine the old foam was ruined when taking the old fabric off. When applying the new foam on that rounded frame I once again imagine you will have to piece it together in several places. I'm thinking where the foam is pieced it will show through the felt. Also whether machine sewing or hand sewing, the seam salvage may show through the felt. Just saying you might want to stretch the fabric across the foam and see if imperfections show through before you get too involved.

Just thought of one more thing. You're gluing the felt to the foam, right? Test a spot and make sure the glue does not bleed through.

General Discussion / 20 Year Challenge
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:26:01 PM »

The Business Of Upholstery / Side Hustles
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:28:37 AM »
It seems like this is the first time in my life where I don't have some kind of job on the side to pick up a little extra cash. Whether working for someone else or figuring out ways to add extra income to our business. The last two years have been great with a steady work load and our prices where they should be. We are able to turn down undesirable jobs and this is the first time in a long time we are booked solid through January and February. Here is another interesting article from Manta
Work is no longer limited by traditional nine-to-five jobs. it is easier than ever to earn cash on the side without sacrificing too much of your time or sanity.

General Discussion / Re: Upholstery video
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:51:48 AM »
What is the out the door price for this new sofa? I'm guessing this is India. I wonder what per hour wage the young man makes? Like Paul I think he did a decent job considering what he had to work with. Is that a machete he uses to cut foam with.

It sort of reminds me of the bus conversion company I worked for a few years back. The upholstery room did have a cutting table and a sewing machine. That was about it. When I asked where the tools were they said I need to bring my own. There was no hard air line into the room. The pneumatic staple gun was bought at Ace Hardware. The thick staples were the type used in a hand held staple gun and they bought them one small box at a time. We worked mostly covering plywood and half of the staples would only go half way in. I did wear shoes. Four weeks after my employment they ran out of work. This was a good time to take my leave.


Then she asks "Have you ever seen $75,000 all crumpled up?"
"No! No!" replied the husband completely giddy with excitement.
Nice way to tell the hubby she wrecked the Mercedes. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) I'll never have to worry about that.

General Discussion / Re: Make it Rock ?
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:31:11 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.
Yep, Facebook is losing viewers too. And with tens of million people on fb it will take many many years to get where we are. You know what? I like this little group we have here. Lots of knowledge to be gained from these old white men (and women) people. Where have all the women gone. June, Bobbin, Gerbo?

General Discussion / Re: Make it Rock ?
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:39:10 AM »
When I click on Steves photo I get a white page with an streaming circle that just keeps spinning and spinning. I noticed I was not logged in but when I tried it told me my pass ward was wrong. I do not feel like messing with photobucket today. SD's photo works. All those adds though.

Steves link worked and nice job on the repair there.

General Discussion / Re: Cooler Cushion.
« on: January 05, 2019, 09:39:50 AM »
Yep, the tie downs were inside the cooler. It would have taken 10 minutes to screw them into the floor. We could have done it while the boat was at my shop. He wasn't sure what permanent location on the boat he wanted to store it. I imagine the cushion got pretty banged up. I wonder if the new owners will use the tiedowns?

The Business Of Upholstery / Massasoit/Tackband
« on: January 04, 2019, 08:36:52 PM »
Rose got a notice in her e-mail that Osbourne just bought out Massasoit/Tackband Inc. I guess its no big deal, both companies always give us good service.

General Discussion / Re: Cooler Cushion.
« on: January 03, 2019, 08:32:04 PM »
Do you think the mission will still get their $100? It wasn't the missions's fault the cooler blew out of the boat.

Yes I agree, and there is a passage in the bible about that.

The boat owner stopped by the shop today and offered to pay me for the cushion. He is the leader of our Monday night bible study. I told him the deal was to donate to the mission and it still stands. I told him normally we would have charged $180 for that cushion parts and labor.

Because he is a good friend we were only going to charge for parts. $100. Then later we decided it would be a donation to the mission. Yes its confusing but I think he understood. 

General Discussion / Re: Cane Seating
« on: January 03, 2019, 08:14:16 PM »
I'm not sure if I'm looking at this right. Does the seat remove and then replace the caning? Neat chairs.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Online Sales
« on: January 02, 2019, 09:35:02 PM »
IKEA found a way to sell furniture online.

I guess the big question is can what we do be sold online. With only email interaction from the customer, they send the piece to us, we recover it and send it back. I'm too old to learn new tricks but could this realistically be done? I'm thinking yes. Remember the antique barber chair we were asked to restore? We turned the job down. During our research we learned their are companies out there that specialize in restoring these things. They take chairs from all over the country. They completely restore them and send them back. Niche market. And very expensive.

General Discussion / Cooler Cushion.
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:03:16 AM »
A friend of mine bought a 21' tunnel hull fishing boat 3 months ago. This boat needed much work including new controls, a new motor and a wrap to the outside. Right before Christmas he dropped it off at the shop to have me build a cushion to fit the top of an Rtic cooler.

I cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the cooler and added SS t-nuts. I primed the plywood twice then one coat of Oil based paint hoping this would help preserve it from the elements. I then added 3" foam and covered with a nice piece of thick vinyl. I screwed it to the top of the cooler with SS bolts and washers. When he asked how much he owed we told him to donate $100 to mission work he does. 

This 65 qt Rtic cooler is impact resistance and durable for long lasting ice retention. They run about $250. It was also loaded with boat gear so weighed about 60 to 70 pounds. It took both of us to lift it up into the boat. That thing aint going anywhere, right?

He headed to his condo at Panama City Beach. A 260 mile drive. Half way there his wife e-mails me and says a fellow in a truck flagged them down and told them the cooler blew out of the back of the boat. Damn! They pulled over and could see about a mile back, under an overpass the white cooler and a car pulled over next to it.

Now what to do. He couldn't back the boat that far and didn't want to walk. I think I would have sat there and waited to see if the guy in the car would bring it to them. He decided to drive to the next exit and flip flop to the overpass where the cooler was laying on the shoulder. You can guess what happened. When he got there both the cooler and the car were gone. 

General Discussion / Re: Ya'll Are Going To Be Shocked
« on: January 01, 2019, 09:54:59 PM »
No bragging without pictures! :)

General Discussion / Re: Nightmare
« on: January 01, 2019, 09:47:44 PM »
Some jobs just test your patience and are money pits.  The decorator will make it up to me on the next job - she's good that way but once I gave a price I had to stick to it.

Been there done that, stick to your price and make up for it later. The most important thing is the quality of the work. The decorator will never be able to complain on a job done right.

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