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A Day Early

My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school
reunion, and she kept staring at a drunken man swigging his
drink as he sat alone at a nearby table.
I asked her, "Do you know him?"
"Yes", she sighed,
"He's my old boyfriend. I understand he took to drinking
right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear he
hasn't been sober since."
"My God!" I said, "Who would think a person could go on
celebrating that long?"

And then the fight started...

Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the
boat up to the van and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.
I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back; now with a different anticipation,
and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."
My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?"

And that's how the fight started..

My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have Sex?'
'No,' she answered.
I then said, 'Is that your final answer?'
She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, 'Yes..'
So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."

And that's when the fight started...

General Discussion / Re: Pleatz
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:49:49 AM »
I've tried the wife on lap method but Rose always knows what I'm up to.

When doing dining seats I fasten the front and then the back. Then I work on the sides.  I start in the center and as I'm going along pull the fabric ever so slightly toward the center and away from the corners. Don't pull it so much that it causes puckers. Hopefully by the time you get to the corner you will have less fabric to contend with. I do the corners last. Pull that loose fabric tight right into the center of the corner. Now you will only have  two small pieces of loose fabric to tuck and staple down. With most seats you will end up with tiny pleats in the corners at the bottom. After you screw the seat on those pleats will be barely noticeable.

Another thing to consider is if you are reusing the old foam the foam in the corners will be smashed down to nothing. This makes it a little harder to hide the pleats.

The only caveat is what Paul said. Some fabrics just do not work out. Especially on a square corner. For those all I've been able to figure out is a small tight pleat on the front and back of the seat.

Just a thought. Vacuum packing is good for a little while but after some time the foam and dacron will take and hold the vacuum shape. Its all scraps so maybe it doesn't matter.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Update on the marketing of leather
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:31:21 AM »
Good video Gene. I liked when he was struggling for a word to describe bonded leather and settled on "pure crap" lol.

38 years married and friends since grammar school  - not supposed to forget milestones -  what to do - no card - most the day passed - need to find a way to tell this lady something that will erase my forgetfulness   So I approach and say " where do you feel like going on our Anniversary tonight "  without missing a beat - wherever you want to go. 
You see that's why I married her :)

You're not doing bad, at least you remember how many years. You best take her to her favorite restaurant.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Home Based Business Insurance
« on: July 15, 2018, 09:14:11 AM »
Steve makes good points and we are always concerned about liability issues. For many years we avoided customers coming to our house. We didn't advertise our address and even met our supplier at a remote location. People would call and ask for our location. We would explain insurance doesn't allow customers on the property but we pick up and deliver. Some people would get down right persistent. And we lost business from customers who wanted to know where their furniture was going.

We also missed out on the time saved by having people bring their furniture to us. We revisited this issue when we moved back to the city. When we lived in rural Suwannee County the directions to our house was complicated and on dirt roads. Now it's all paved roads and only two turns off a major county road. The other thing was building our internet presence. All of the business sites want a physical location, Especially Google. You cannot get a Google Business account without an address. We needed Google bad because we were rebuilding the business in our new location.

We found homeowners insurance that allows a home based business. We keep a neat and tidy shop inside and out. And when we are expecting a customer I always open the garage door, sweep up and clear out any trip hazards. Legally we are not compliant with zoning. But our shop was built to code and passed all inspections. We go out of our way to stay in the good graces of our neighbors. The neighbors even encouraged us to build the shop and I think they are impressed with the way we cleared the lot and details we put into the building.

We're getting business from people outside our normal delivery area. And people who are trying to save a buck like the option of bringing their furniture to us. 

The Business Of Upholstery / Home Based Business Insurance
« on: July 13, 2018, 07:21:58 AM »
What Insurance Do You Need for a Home-Based Business?

I worry mostly about liability and if something should happen to the shop. I guess fire is my biggest concern. How many times have you gotten up in the middle of the night to make sure you unplugged the glue gun? Stolen or damaged tools are on my dime.


General Discussion / Re: Rough Day
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:50:44 AM »
Too bad they didn't piece it where the sectional joins together. Sometimes factory workers are like robots and can't deviate from the norm.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions if you don't mind
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:42:35 PM »
  Do you think the one inch topper is the same compression level as the 5" foam it's glued too?  Or softer? 

If this was my sectional I would use a solid piece of foam and not worry about piecing the top. Glue a layer of dacron to the top front and bottom to give it that little bit of ahh.

You know when you go to class with all this information you're instructor is going to wonder who you've been talking to.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions if you don't mind
« on: July 10, 2018, 12:53:10 PM »
As a whole this sectional looks like a big project. But when you break it down to three pieces its really not that bad. Everything is basically square. The cushions have no welt. The only thing that will be tricky is the skirt. Once your instructor gets you through the first piece the rest should go pretty smooth. You may have to finish it at home.

If Vanguard calls the cushions "lifetime" what does that mean? Some companies (Flex Steal for one) actually do give a life time warranty on their foam. That could save you a lot of money. It would be worth the research. Your instructor should be able to help determine if they need to be replaced. Sometimes a fresh layer of dacron helps them look like new.

Are you sure this sectional has springs? A lot of modern sectionals use elastic or rubber webbing for their support system. If this is the case there is a good chance they are stretched and sagging. When you take the black dust cover off the bottom you should be able to see what's holding the cushions up.

I've never heard of revolutionsfabrics but 30'000 rub count sounds good. What's the price? Something without a pattern would be a good choice for your first project.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Offering a military discount
« on: July 04, 2018, 07:29:37 AM »
A good friend of mine is a veteran. He always carried a card. Lowes gives a 10% discount and would ask him for his card.

General Discussion / Re: Century Furnitury Is Hiring.
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:19:17 PM »
Compared to other mass produced stuff Century makes upper scale furniture. I worked for them in the 80's before everything went to China. Looks like some of it is coming back. They are a good company to work for but be prepared to bust your ass 40 to 48 hours a week. I'm getting too old for production work.


General Discussion / Re: Canada day
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:55:01 AM »
Have a great Canada Day Darren and enjoy that steak.

I don't have to buy fireworks, my neighbors spend hundreds of dollars on theirs. All I do is sit in the front yard and enjoy. :)

General Discussion / Century Furnitury Is Hiring.
« on: June 30, 2018, 04:21:48 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Inquiring minds want to know!
« on: June 29, 2018, 08:13:47 AM »
1. Daily, mostly to glue pieces of foam together and to glue dacron to foam. There have been times I've glued fabric to foam.

2. I do it both ways. If I can time the glue job right I like to fix the joint with glue and clamp it and let it sit overnight. When I have a repair job that needs to be used right away I use your second method but instead of a brad nail I use a screw. Corner blocks will hold a joint together also.

3. I upholstered 4 dining seats for Rose 4 weeks ago. Personal projects usually go on the back burner and sometimes stay there for several years.

4. Occasionally I use tacky glue to fix a mistake. I've never tried the method you speak of.

5. I was thinking about this last week. I can't remember the last time I recovered a hide-a-bed. But the list of furniture we no longer do is getting longer every year. For instance recliners. We're getting ready to finish a church job we started 2 years ago. And as long as we stay busy this will likely be our last. It's not that I don't like doing pews but I've never liked working in remote locations away from my shop. 

General Discussion / Re: extra cotton
« on: June 26, 2018, 08:11:15 AM »
Most decorators have the same problem, what to do with leftovers. They would love an upholsterer to come along and buy all of their remnants for $5 a yard.

What to do when the decorator orders too much fabric. Definitely don't want the customer to see a remnant of 5 yards at $100/yard. There have been times the decorator asks if we can keep it for them. Other times they say just keep it. Usually we give it back to the decorator at another time.


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