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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Offering a military discount
« on: July 04, 2018, 03:41:35 PM »
I'm fortunate that I have customers in West Point that call me from time to time.  I don't have anything in writing but I always charge low prices for them.  They are never in a rush and can usually bring the items to me on their way to the airport.  Sometimes the pieces stay here 6 months but I don't mind.
Cops - Fire service - Friends -  always discounted.  Our Church I've never charged and it's lead to a lot of work over the years.
I can't imagine anyone showing up pretending to be Military or Civil Servant for a discount and lying about it ? 

General Discussion / Re: Furniture feet
« on: July 04, 2018, 03:29:49 PM »
As long as you can saw off the legs why not make a frame 3 inches thick to go between the sawed off portion of the leg and the underside of the furniture.  You can attach the legs permanently to the frame and screw the frame into the underside of the furniture.  The fabric will hide the new wood. 
Also I have videos for sale if you're interested ...... How to Make your Sofa Taller !  90 minutes full color !

General Discussion / Re: Century Furnitury Is Hiring.
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:54:20 AM »
I have a friend who was working here for $ 25.00 / hour - her was a working shop foreman.  He moved last year down to NC to work for a large manufacturer.  Starting pay was $ 14.00 but full coverage; and he'll advance quickly because he is at the top of his game.  He had no papers - here illegally - and they had no issue with that.  He wanted to get out of NY and give his Family an easier life. He's done that - seems happy.  Signing bonus ? don't know - but he jumped at the opportunity

General Discussion / Re: Canada day
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:47:32 AM »
Darren if I could - have a beer or two on me with that steak - an early day sounds in order -
We start blowing stuff up in the middle of June and it continues until well after the 4th.  A truly reverent day here for us Sir. 
Pretty much every County puts on a show here usually on different days all around the 4th - the best of course is NYC where they light up the sky for about an hour shooting fire works off of boats in the harbor.
Hoping all stay safe - especially our younger guys who like to participate

General Discussion / Re: Re-staining brightwork
« on: June 30, 2018, 07:58:12 AM »
Most everything I buy is from Mohawk.  Those types of blemishes don't seem to require filling.  Lightly sand the void with 400 then 600 grit -  black carbide paper dry. 
Stay in the area don't make it a bigger repair then necessary.  What you want to do is level out the surface so after the retouching it won't appear depressed.
Purchase earth pigments or what Mohawk calls blendal powders.  Get all the earth tone colors and the primary colors - this will give you the ability to retouch any stain color using just 10 powered colors by mixing and blending.  I have a plastic case that has tiny compartments 1 in. x 1 in.  perfect for your touch up colors.
I use shellac for touching up.  It stays wet longer than lacquer and is easier to clean your touch up dish and brush.  It also won't react to residue on the surface that hasn't been cleaned away properly.   
Now the artistic side of this repair.  Using shellac, mixing the appropriate powder color(s) and possibly a drop of alcohol to thin out the mixture - start infilling the void. A good badger hair touch up brush will make work much easier.   Like Paul mentions try to use a color that is lighter than the final color.  Work slow - allow dry time in between and build your color.  After over night drying you can spray aerosol lacquer over the repair feathering out to prevent a noticeable addition of spray in that area. When fully dry - light steel wool 4-0 followed by pledge spray wax -


General Discussion / Re: Inquiring minds want to know!
« on: June 29, 2018, 11:51:56 AM »
1- Contact cement - I use constantly - I glue down the foam, the dacron, and even cotton after I form a nice padded even layer.  Heavily used in my shop.

2- Nice woodwork - I clean up the joint and clamp over night.  No brads since they can split the wood and make it harder for the next guy.
    On frame work covered by fabric - glue and the nail gun - 4 penny size brads.  Just one nail is all you need

3- personal projects - all the time - in my shop I always have down time while things dry or harden.  Also that's the fun stuff because it's mine -

4- Fabric adhesive - the clear one - all the time to cover sins -

5- I'm not getting as much cane work as I used too.  I like doing that - it's a break from the usual stuff although matching colors is a pain.

General Discussion / Re: Mid century slipper chair - leather
« on: June 25, 2018, 06:59:32 AM »
I would hope that when you pull everything tight and staple down it will look much better. 
When you're sewing do everything you can to keep the pieces aligned, and the stitches on track.

Not one bite from the entire crew - was it the Trump reference ?

OK I'll try a Jeff Foxworthy bit - I assume he wrote these ? That's what they tell me -

By Jeff Foxworthy:
If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, you might live in a nation (state) that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation's largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is "cute" but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more "safe" according to the government you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Taxing Imports
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:07:36 PM »
I do mostly local work and have not had to collect sales tax for Jersey or Connecticut.  I do have to itemize between 10 counties whose rates are all different.  When I fill out the form I select the county - tell them how much business I did there that's taxable and the software calculates amount of tax due due.  At the end of the form they give me a percentage back for my time. 
Maybe around $ 10.00 and it takes me 2 hours every quarter to fill this out on line and submit it.  $ 10.00 is all I'm worth -
I wouldn't want to do this for 50 or 57 states depending on your political affiliation

You're right - there is some stuff to see here.  This weekend I had scheduled a service call on Sunday to the east village - Bleeker st.  Come to find out that the gay pride parade is also on that day so I had to postpone.  No way I could get to the residence with 2-1/2 million people lining the streets to watch the parade.  My Son whose on the PD usually works the parades - great overtime - funny he'll earn on that day and I can't :(
Maybe I should go anyway and pass out business cards :) there's an endless clientele in one place !
A couple of weeks ago was the Puerto Rican Parade - that starts the night before and ends the night after.  Hey might as well do it up right - it's only once a year -
NYC was crowned the worst place in the Nation to travel into by car.  The average travel time is 1-2 hours.   
I'm ready for the mid west - and get the heck out of here - 3 more years to go -

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Expansion, different sector?
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:24:50 AM »
I joined our local nextdoor out of curiosity -
Against my better computer judgment I signed up and the last registration page said we'll include your contact list.  I x'd out but it went through anyway. 
Didn't get my contacts but I hate sneaky crap like that. 
Saw my name mentioned twice but received no calls or jobs. 
My opinion is it is mostly folks recommending the last guy who worked for them without a true long time history of employment with that person.  I also see tradesman lurking on the site and  stepping up to reply " yes I do that call me ! "  In either case I think folks will need to screen better  -
I don't think I want to compete against some of those who are looking for a side job without all the responsibilities of true business ownership.
It's OK to get the pulse of your neighborhood or keep your eye open for someone's lost dog.

A Father asked his 10 year old Son if he knew about the birds and the bees. 

I don't want to know, the child said, bursting into tears. "Promise me you won't tell me."
Confused, the Father asked what was wrong. The boy sobbed.

When I was six I got the " there's no Easter Bunny speech"
At seven I got the " there's no Tooth Fairy speech.
When I was eight, you hit me with  "There's no Santa speech."
If you're going to tell me that grown ups don't really have sex I'll have nothing left to live for -

Gene I tried my best but could not watch it all the way through -

A woman goes to the Doctor, worried about her husband's  temper.

The Doctor asks: "What's the problem?

The woman says: "Doctor, I don't know what to do. Every day my husband seems to lose his temper for no reason, and it scares me."

The Doctor says: "I have a cure for that. When it seems that your husband is getting angry, just take a glass of water and start
swishing it in your mouth.
Just swish and swish but don't swallow it until he either leaves the room or goes to bed and falls asleep."

Two weeks later the woman comes back to the doctor, looking fresh and reborn.

The woman says: "Doctor that was a brilliant idea! Every time my husband started losing it, I swished with water.
I swished and swished, and he calmed right down!

How does a glass of water do that?"

The Doctor says:
"The water itself does nothing. It's keeping your mouth shut that does the trick...."

. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
2. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
3. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
4. Why do we say something is out of whack?   What is a whack?
5. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
6 Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
7. Why do "tug" boats push their barges?
8. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?
9. Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?
10. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?
11. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?
12.. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?
13. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?
14. Why is "phonetic" not spelled the way it sounds?
15. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
16 If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
17. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
18. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?
19. Why is bra singular and panties plural?
20 Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control
 when you know the batteries are dead?
21. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
22. How come abbreviated is such a long word?
23. Why do we wash bath towels?  Aren't we clean when we use them?
24 Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
25. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?
26. Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree
and eat candy out of your socks?
27.  Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

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