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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Wood repair related question
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:43:47 PM »
Sorry my photo wasn't clear.  A tapered spade bit works very well - I've done it over 30 times all with perfect results.
I also use epoxy to fasten the mating piece into the taper.
I found a web site that shows a better picture then mine for better clarity.  Once you drill the tapered hole in the end of the spindle - you fashion a matching taper to insert from a larger size dowel.  You make a cone shape to fit into the hole you drilled.  It works great - I'm sure you will understand if you do a test on another piece before you go to the subject spindle.



The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Wood repair related question
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:21:04 AM »
Years ago there was a guy on one of the woodworking sites that came up with this idea and I've been using it since.  He also sold the bits but I grind them myself and you can  as well.  Drill a tapered hole in the end of the spindle and make an opposing shape with a new dowel to fit into the hole and extend the spindle.  A regular drilled hole leaves weak walls on the edges.


General Discussion / Re: Your Double welt equipment and process?
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:31:26 AM »
Thoughts from the less experienced -
I loose time laying out fabric - sewing welt seems to be one of the faster processes.  I tried sewing one side at a time but it wasn't worth the effort.  Now I just fold it up and run it through a double welt foot - cut the waste afterwards.
I also have a narrow crown stapler for attaching the welt - with hot glue also - but a staple every 12 inches speeds the installation.  I set the air pressure low so the staple doesn't indent the center of the cord.  You can hardly see the staple and the welt will stay on tightly -

General Discussion / Re: Is it just me or...
« on: October 08, 2014, 12:36:28 PM »
Play it again Sam !  refinish the piano it's black and white - needs color

I'm also just wanting to recover Archie's Chair and blame Meathead !

General Discussion / Re: An Expensive Mistake
« on: October 03, 2014, 01:14:32 PM »
Sorry that happened.  I was thinking a leather repair guy could definitely hide the marker but for outside use the durability of the top coat may have been an issue.
Are you married ? Just kidding ?
I can't remember the worst but from time to time a color doesn't match and if I have to go darker that's not too bad but to go lighter it's a complete redo and that is a hit into the profit for approximately $ 400.00 labor/materials

General Discussion / Re: Football Funny
« on: October 01, 2014, 05:33:06 PM »
After a long day on the golf course, I stopped in at "Hooter's" to see some friends and have some hot Wings and drinks.
After being there for a while, one of my friends asked me which waitress I would like to be stuck in an elevator with.
I told them "The one who knows how to fix elevators."
I'm old, tired, and pee a lot.

General Discussion / Re: Back From The Vet : (
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:54:35 PM »
Oh boy - sad to hear - wishing you the strength to overcome the passing of a best friend. 
We had two - one left us 3 years ago (Terrier) and the one still with us (Chihuahua)  he goes into the bathroom every now and again - stands up on his hind legs and peaks over the top of the bath tub to see if his roommate is in there getting a bath. He remembers they got baths together and when he was done which was quick - we continued  scrubbing our big girl and he would try to watch but couldn't see up high enough. He still checks to see if she's in there 3 years later.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: New Furniture Recliner Repairs ---
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:27:06 AM »
Remember when Asia made a better car then the USA and in order for the USA to sell their product here they had to improve quality.  I've not always been happy but I've never purchased anything other then a car made in the USA.
Hope that my loyalty never waivers but quality is too important - I'd hate to compromise for less cost.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: New Furniture Recliner Repairs ---
« on: September 28, 2014, 05:18:37 AM »
I inspected one that came from Costco and it was damaged in delivery.  Customer didn't notice it for 3 months. Costco replaced it no questions asked.  One side was 3 inches lower than the opposite recliner.
I had another one where the back wasn't snapped in correctly and it presented as bent.  That one was an easy service call for a change - just required to be engaged correctly. Didn't even bring the tool box into the house.

General Discussion / Rosh Hashanah
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:27:42 PM »
Happy New Year to All -
Health & Happiness -

General Discussion / Re: Trouble logging on
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:09:54 PM »
No trouble here in NY - maybe it's that Florida water I hear about ?

General Discussion / Re: Nearly Committed Murder
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:43:15 AM »
Cars have risen up in price beyond belief.  Or ever since the Gov helped the car manufacturers.  Seems like a $ 30,000.00 car is now $ 53,000.00 - we can't avoid the cost of doing business - mandatory work vehicle.  

Like Chris said if you can find a cream puff coming off a 2 or 3 year lease - that's Nirvana.
I think there is 20 % in almost every new car and that rises as the price rises.  I've bought new the last few times for a couple of reasons. First - big discount - beat the salesman up.  A new car - no headaches - zero financing and in that note is the tax, and plates and you don't have to touch a penny from savings.  Resale value may be stronger since it's one owner.

Yes the parking lots mistreat your vehicle so in the last 5 years when I have to go into the City I take the train.  The parking garages in NYC are about $ 50.00 and more.  Train is $ 20.00 round trip and no wear + tear on your car.
Got one of those Husky rolling tool bags from Home Depot and I go right through the lobby instead of the service entrance. Tell the door man I'm visiting - hasn't failed yet !

General Discussion / Re: Carly Update : )
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:28:23 AM »
Great news - CHEERS for Carly.  The only dog treats we use are made in the USA called Charlee Bear -
I think my Wife gets them in Trader Joes -


General Discussion / Re: Nearly Committed Murder
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:45:52 AM »
Why were you replacing furniture - didn't you buy right the last time - just kidding !
Truth is that unless you're shopping for antiques or hand made craftsman furniture from solid stock and true joinery - don't waste your time and money on new furniture.  Even if it's a premier company and their top of the line unit - it's not worth the price they are asking. Buy antiques and have them restored - at least you won't be throwing them away in 15 years.

General Discussion / Re: Now This is Amazing
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:37:45 PM »
I was a little slow in July - folks are away for the summer.  I put an add in the local paper - cost $ 100.00 for 4 times -
I got 4 new calls that all generated income and made the add worth it but at the same time business came back and I was working every nite later than I wanted to. 
I don't know why I get anxious just for a couple of slow weeks - it always seems to come back -

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