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General Discussion / Re: pot question
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:54:30 PM »
My pot story.
A few years back I worked in a shop where some of the other workers enjoyed mind altering drugs. Mostly on their own time but sometimes not. Even the bosses son occasionally liked to take a toke or two on his way into work.

I was always the first to work every day. I opened the shop around 7:00 every morning and the rest of the employees would trickle in soon after. DJ, a 60 something hippy, would walk in just before the boss, around 9:30. Always with a big smile on her face.

One day DJ walked in with a big plate full of brownies. She admitted she added marijuana to it but said her boyfriend tried one and felt nothing. She offered them to the other upholsterer, the stripper and me.  I figured what the hell, I use to smoke a little when I was in my 20's, her boyfriend felt nothing and the most that could happen would be a little buzz to break up the monotony. So I ate one.

An hour went by and I felt nothing and figured they were a dud. A half hour later I started to feel it and thought, this is nice I can handle it. By 11:00 I was stoned.

I was working on a sofa and for most of the day I kept my head burred and out of sight of everyone else. My main concern was to keep from shooting a staple into my finger. Every once in a while I would look up to see how everybody else was fairing. They all seemed perfectly straight. I thought that was odd and wondered if DJ had played a trick on me. She hadn't eaten one of the brownies. I'm sure she thought the whole thing amusing. Paranoia set in. The workroom was eerily quiet

Around 12:30 Linda, the decorator walked into the work room for her afternoon snack. Linda is a lily white holy roller and always stopped to have a few words with me. I just smiled and shook my head.

At 2:00 I was at a point I needed to ask the boss a question about the sofa I was working on. The words coming out of my mouth were surreal and I was sure he thought me a fool. I got the answer I needed and headed back to the workroom.

I had never eaten pot before and didn't realize it was like a slow release antihistamine. This was lasting all day. At 3:00 I was still stoned and starting to worry how I was going to drive home. If anyone else felt like I did they wern't talking about it.

Finally around 4:00 I started to come down and by 5:00 I felt somewhat normal again. It was not an enjoyable experience.

The next morning I still was not sure if anyone else felt what I did. Everybody trickled in and Mike, the stripper asked If I felt anything. I said yeah, I caught a small buzz. Mike said he was f'n wasted. He ate two brownies. The other upholsterer admitted he was pretty stoned too. Then Mike said he told the bosses son we all ate brownies. I was like WHAT? He said its okay, the bosses son ate one too.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: New Website Technology.
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:42:35 AM »
Nice job Chris. Looks very professional.

I use Sitebuilder by Yahoo. When I showed it to the SCORE guy he said yahoos programs are obsolete and don't jive with Google. Needless to say I need to find another web site building host. The thought of rebuilding my website is daunting.

Ronco in California makes a quality product. You send them your finished pattern and they figure the tolerances. Once they receive the pattern the turnaround time isn't bad. About a week. You choose the blend you want. To save on shipping you can order the envelope only and add your own foam once it arrives. I've used them about 6 time and never had a problem.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:05:28 AM »
I'm sure you were holding your breath as well - I know I'd be thinking if there is one spot or nick anywhere on this job I'm going to kill someone. 

While I was working on it I managed to put a few nicks in the finish. Some nicks showed up I swore I did not do. The refinisher gave me several ounces of touch up paint. Just a little dab and a quick touch did the trick. The lacquer paint dried in 30 seconds.

The customers boyfriend was there to help me carry the pieces into the house. The door to the porch was very narrow and on the second sofa he bumped the door frame. When we set it down he bent over to look at the damage. This gave me an opportunity to show him how to touch it up. 

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:07:58 PM »

Are these the cushions Rose said would work in the beginning?

This has been a long post and a long job starting back in January. We are doing work for two sisters. They are both (I'm guessing) in their 20. I think the cushions you refer to is the first job we did. It was a love seat with marshal springs wrapped with cotton. That job, thanks to the help of the folks on the forum, came out better than expected. She was pleased. Now we are starting a sofa for the same sister. :)

One question about the double cord over the staples:  I assume you made the double welt but did
you glue or staple on?  Probably glued? 

I learned upholstery working in a factory building office furniture. A lot of that furniture used single welt glued into channels. I never worked in a factory that used double welt. When I started my own business I automatically glued all of my double cording. That's how I've always done it.

The one thing that irks me about double welt is how do you join the two ends. I first tried folding the loose fabric under and then butting them together. I now cut the ends, leaving them raw, and glue them together. I'm really not satisfied with either method.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:12:31 PM »
We delivered two sofas with new latex foam today. When I opened the van door she let out a gasp with a little ahhh. That usually means one of two things. She was either extremely excited or extremely disappointed. I'm pretty sure it was the former.


We do repair work for several furniture stores. Mostly upholstery repair but sometimes frame work. I've notice if I can keep the price under $150 they will do it. Over that and I never hear from them again. It makes me wonder, did they find another shop cheaper? Or did they replace the whole thing. Is the wholesale price so low and the furniture built so cheap that they will not consider any repairs over $150?

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:07:31 AM »
I did not know that each batch came out differently though.

How much difference from batch to batch I do not know. Probably not enough to make a big difference.

After handling the latex the smell stayed on my hands all day. Rose wants to buy latex pillows but I'm not sure I could stand the smell while sleeping. Its not a bad smell but not a pleasant one either.

Most shops I've worked at used a set up like this,
And this machine gets the job done as long as your cutters are sharp.

When I was getting my first shop set up I was fortunate to acquire this Handy press from a manufacture going out of business .
The nice thing about this machine is it creates a lot of toque and even with my dullest cutter it easly cuts through 10 layers of thick fabric .

Another thing I learned is to use the next size cutter. For instance on a 22 button I use a size 30 cutter. This helps avoid the pinpoint accuracy you need to line up the fabric when pressing the button top into the die.

I also use it to set grommets. And I use it to make a plug gasket every time I change the oil in my van. Handy indeed.

General Discussion / Re: Good read
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:03:33 AM »
Rose picked up a copy of Now I Sit Me Down at the library and has fallen in love with it. She keeps quoting from it and has proclaimed it wonderful. I guess I'll have to get my own copy if I ever want to read it. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 17, 2018, 12:02:26 PM »
It is less expensive if you get latex with polyurethane added. And this is what most suppliers offer. Polyurethane also helps to stabilize the latex to help get a more consistent density. Apparently each batch of 100% latex comes out different. What you see is what you get. The customer did her own study and concluded 100% latex is what she wanted. It was hard to find 100% latex. One company said theirs was but when Rose studied the specs, chemicals were added. Its been a real learning experience.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:34:40 AM »
Steve, Ladd Furniture Inc use to be a big conglomerate made up of a many of furniture brands. In the 80"s the furniture industry was going crazy. The industry was booming and big corporations were buying up as many companies as they could afford. Ladd Furniture was one. They are not as big now as they were then.

When we opened our first shop in Hickory NC we would sometimes get their mail. And sometimes when we placed a supply order they would ask if it should be billed to Ladd Furniture Inc.

Ladd is my Grandmother's madden name. Her fathers name was Edwin Ladd. Edwin Ladd is also my first and middle name. The Ladd's from my heritage are from New York and Michigan. I know of no close relations to the Ladd Furniture Company but you never know. A google serch turns up another Ladd Upholstery in Ladd Indiana.

Mr 65, we paid around $1100 for six pieces of latex. 26" X 30". On top of that we will add some for cutting to size and for wrapping them with cotton and for the time it took to order them. These are expensive cushions. At one point we had the customer talked into HR foam with no flame retardants added. She opted for the latex. I stuffed them into the muslin liners yesterday and they feel fantastic.

General Discussion / Re: Friday Funny
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:19:51 AM »
> Yep, none of us could get the jar open

I bought some fabric from a store online and they included in the package a round rubber pad that is used to open jars. It had their company name and info printed on it. I wonder if they new I was old and might someday be asked by a doctor for a sperm sample?


Your next order will be supplied with a jar.

General Discussion / Re: Friday Funny
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:17:08 AM »
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General Discussion / Re: Slippery fingers
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:58:12 PM »
I have noticed some fabrics have an oily slippery feeling, especially some chenille's. And especially when pulling it through the frame or pulling it up and over the top of the frame. Anywhere you need a firm grip. I always thought it was my imagination or maybe I was getting old and weak.

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