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General Discussion / Re: Always wanted to learn how to use a lathe.
« on: September 28, 2018, 07:20:58 AM »
The lathe is a great stationery tool.  The woods you turn can make a difference - for instance cedar is more of a softer type wood - but every wood gets harder as it ages.  If you want to experience turning at it's most enjoyable level try green wood.  The shavings will come off in 10 foot lengths - you will feel the moisture of the wood - it will make it seem like you're an expert turner looking at those long shavings.

General Discussion / Re: Nocliner
« on: September 28, 2018, 07:15:00 AM »
I went on Ebay and ordered a couple of cables - one with the ring as a generic and the other with the plastic inset lever handle.  The parts arrived a few days ago.  The handle / cable combo was the perfect match for the Bassett recliner handle I repaired a few weeks ago.  The cost is negligible for these parts.  I was in the house a little over an hour to make the epoxy repair.  It was a flat $ 200.00 charge - including travel.  If I had the replacement handles that I got off ebay recently I could have repaired the recliner in 10 minutes.  I'm ready for the next handle repair.

General Discussion / Re: Always wanted to learn how to use a lathe.
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:44:22 PM »
A nail will chip carbide - although carbide is super sharp it is also more brittle than high speed steel..  The good news is the carbide tips are replaceable on the end of the tool.

General Discussion / Re: Always wanted to learn how to use a lathe.
« on: September 26, 2018, 06:53:59 AM »
The lathe gives you the ability to have a work tool as well as a hobby tool.  Big bowls - unbalanced; require a heavy lathe that can dial down the speed to zero so that the lathe doesn't walk away on you when you start turning those awkward shapes to round.  A medium size lathe for under $ 800.00 can do all your spindle + finial work.  Bowl turning requires a much bigger lathe, heavier tools, and expensive chucks.  For the beginner there are amazing carbide tipped tools ( scraper tools) that are easy to get results with until you learn the cutting tools.
It's not a machine that you use often but when you need it - there's not alternative.  Mine stays set up with a face plate for disc sanding when there is no turning to do. 

This is a conversation between a man and a woman.
Please note that she asked seven questions, which he answered quite simply,   but then she was speechless after answering only one question.
Woman :  “Do you drink beer?”
Man:   “Yes.”
Woman:   “How many beers a day?”
Man :  “Usually about three.”
Woman:   “How much do you pay per beer?”
Man:   “Five dollars, which includes a tip.”  (This is where it gets scary!)
Woman:   “And how long have you been drinking?”
Man:   “About 20 years, I suppose.”
Woman:   “So a beer costs $5 and you have three beers a day, which puts your spending each month at $450.   In one year that would be approximately $5,400 , correct?”
Man:   “Correct.”
Woman:   “If in one year you spend $5,400 , not accounting for inflation, the past twenty years puts your spending at $108,000, correct?”
Man:   “Correct.”
Woman:   “Do you know that if you didn’t drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and, after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years , you could’ve by now bought an airplane?”
Man:   “Do you drink beer?”
Woman:   “No.”
Man:   “Where’s your airplane?

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"
His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?
The son replied, "I do know!"
"Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?"
"That's easy, Daddy..." the young boy replied excitedly," It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'
There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.
"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady, kindly...
"Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those  who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.
Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses."
When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."
There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money  to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."
While driving in Pennsylvania , a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humour, because attached to the back  of the carriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust."
A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question, "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"
A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the kindergarten boy.
"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.
"You know - Our Father, who does art in Heaven.."
A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of  him. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.
"Reverend," said the young man, "I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip."
The minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."
People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.
Last, but not least, a great one:

The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the  church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play.
"Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently "But, you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances."
During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."
At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star Spangled Banner."
And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

General Discussion / Re: No Charge ?
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:23:48 AM »
I didn't think of a hot glue repair and you're right the labor was not rewarded and not worth it.  My own fault is that when I start something I'm obsessed to finish it.  I loose sight of what I'm doing until it's done but when it's done that's when I complain - passive aggressive doesn't allow for an income or maintaining the responsibility of being a good businessman .   But thanks for the hot glue idea for the next time. Flawed -  I couldn't stop sewing long enough to ask for an easier solution :)


A rookie police officer pulled a biker over for speeding and had the following exchange:
• Officer: May I see your driver's license?
• Biker: I don't have one. I had it suspended when I got my 5th DUI.
• Officer: May I see the owner's card for this vehicle?
• Biker: It's not my bike. I stole it.
• Officer: The motorcycle is stolen?
• Biker: That's right. But come to think of it, I think I saw the owner's card in the tool bag when I was putting my gun in there.
Officer: There's a gun in the tool bag?
• Biker: Yes sir. That's where I put it after I shot and killed the dude who owns this bike and stuffed his dope in the saddle bags.
• Officer: There's drugs in the saddle bags too?!?!?
• Biker: Yes, sir. Hearing this, the rookie immediately called his captain. The biker was quickly surrounded by police, and the captain approached the biker to handle the tense situation:
• Captain: Sir, can I see your license?
• Biker: Sure. Here it is. It was valid.
• Captain: Who's motorcycle is this?
• Biker: It's mine, officer. Here's the registration.
• Captain: Could you slowly open your tool bag so I can see if there's a gun in it?
• Biker: Yes, sir, but there's no gun in it. Sure enough, there was nothing in the tool bag.
• Captain: Would you mind opening your saddle bags? I was told you said there's drugs in them.
• Biker: No problem. The saddle bags were opened; no drugs.
• Captain: I don't understand it. The officer who stopped you said you told him you didn't have a license, stole this motorcycle, had a gun in the tool bag, and that there were drugs in the saddle bags.
• Biker: Yeah, I'll bet he told you I was speeding, too.

General Discussion / Re: Fabric backing
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:24:45 PM »
I don't know what the best way is to back the fabric but when a guy say's he'll try to clean it I worry.  My buddy Jose had a neddle point the customer wanted to put on her foot stool.  He send it out to be cleaned and blocked so the pattern would be straight.  When it came back colors had run together and the cleaning people said there was nothing they could do.
It didn't end well.

General Discussion / No Charge ?
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:20:17 PM »
An ottoman came in with a broken leg.  Customer said could you also sew the rip between the base and top cushion.  I said sure - no worries.  I didn't add on to the estimate - I should have.
What a mistake.  To repair the leg I had to remove the cambric, tack strip, and fabric from one corner - 8 inches in each direction.  After the leg was repaired I closed up and I tried to stitch the fabric up top.  Too hard to get in there so I thought about how much time it would take to remove the base fabric completely now that I've already buttoned up around the leg. So  I start sewing it in place with 69 and as I pull the cushion up to make room for my hand I tear the thread stitches I already have in.  I switched to button thread - two hours later and the last few stitches using a hemostat - it was done. Never again - The stitches look a little like Frankenstein's head but they are strong

General Discussion / Re: Nocliner
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:04:58 PM »
Veddy Intareshting - ebay - that's urban shopping -
I was thinking if I couldn't fix the plastic handle I would just drill the end of the cable into a wood dowel and leave the dowel hanging outside the recliner.  The ones on ebay with the ring on the end are reasonable remedies.   I guess if you had to retro fit a new plastic handle the opening could be altered to match in size but that is probably not worth anyone's time.  I notice those foot rests have quite a bit of snap when you pull the lever but I don't think it causes wear on the cable once the little lever is engaged which gets the big spring involved. 
Thanks for the advice all

General Discussion / Nocliner
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:26:21 AM »
Service call to residence - Sofa w/recliners - handle doesn't raise footrest on one side.  Hoping it was just out of the slot - turns out one side of the plastic that captures the dowel pin was broken but the outside part of the plastic intact.  Sofa 9 years old - made in China.  I took the cable and handle off - With CA glue repaired the crack on the one bad side.  Roughed up the plastic in the cavity around the crack - put CA glue on the surface of the cavity than put a blob of plumbers epoxy in the cavity capturing the pin on the bad side and surrounding it with epoxy in place.  After that dried - more CA glue around the edges and put it all back together.  Nothing else I could think of to do to put it back together.  Maybe new handles are available but since this was my first handle/cable repair issue I had no spare parts with me.
If anyone knows a good place to stock up on recliner parts I'd appreciate the leads for the next time.  The repaired handle worked fine - should last a while -


General Discussion / Re: Plaque
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:32:29 AM »
I filled the  5 cracks with plaster and slightly overfilled feathering out the patch.  Before the plaster dried I took a hand full of nails held together points down and made texture in the almost dry plaster.  Sprayed flat lacquer on the dry plaster and just before the lacquer dried I pounced on dry rotten stone which seem like a nice gray color to simulate age and blend in the repair.

General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: September 15, 2018, 11:14:54 AM »
Every so often a customer complains the down feather cushions on their sofa are not supportive.  I found foam crumbs to be much better than adding feathers.  I grab a hand full of crumbs and place them between the feathers -

General Discussion / Re: Plaque
« on: September 15, 2018, 11:10:19 AM »
There is a wire in the back for wall hanging but I wouldn't trust the wire alone.  Better to attach a ledger hitting the studs and resting the base of the plaque on the ledger then measure for the wall hook using the combination of both.  I think this item is better suited for the garden preferably in front of the grape vines resting on the floor -

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