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General Discussion / Re: The answers are running off the page
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:55:02 AM »
can you decrease the font size on your screen
SA

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General Discussion / Re: curved welting
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:11:12 PM »
Cab you take a zipper foot and fill the metal  so the needle is closer to your target /
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Welt foot sizing
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:24:44 AM »
I don't do it but my Buddy uses 2 sizes of welting when he does double welt
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: paid employees
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:22:33 AM »
This is an interesting topic.  When I had employees I paid by the day.  This worked best for me.  No one felt like they had to watch a clock.  If someone had to leave early or had an issue come up I'd still pay them for the day and they'd make it up without me asking.  Sometimes if they wanted to finish and leave early I had no problems with that.  I also paid daily since guys wanted their money at the end of each work day and they didn't have to wait until their hours were calculated at the end of the week.  If a guy went above and beyond his task I could reward him with an extra amount without others seeing what he was getting by the hour.
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Friday funny
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:14:15 AM »
Cheating or dating folks from different cultures ? 
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Japy Freres
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:12:32 AM »
Following the stain - one coat of shellac, followed by one mist coat of Beheln's gloss lacquer from the spray can, than 3 full coats of the same lacquer.  Clean the dials + glass, remount the time piece and barometer.  I think it's been returned to its original color.  The photos don't show the size of this clock well - it's over 24 inches tall.  I liked the castle architecture along the top -







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General Discussion / Re: Friday funny
« on: March 23, 2018, 01:24:18 PM »
A 77-year-old man is having a drink in a bar. Suddenly a gorgeous girl enters and sits down a few seats away. The girl is so attractive that he just can't take his eyes off her.

After a short while, the girl notices him staring, and approaches him. Before the man has time to apologize, the girl looks him deep in the eyes and says to him in a sultry tone: "I'll do anything you'd like. Anything you can imagine in your wildest dreams, it doesn't matter how extreme or unusual it is, I'm game. I want $100, and there's another condition".

Completely stunned by the sudden turn of events, the man asks her what her condition is.

"You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words"

The man takes a moment to consider the offer from the beautiful woman.
He then whips out his wallet and puts ten - $10 bills in her outstretched hand.
He then looks her square in the eyes, and says slowly and clearly:  "Paint my house."

(Our needs change as we get older).

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Repairing furniture pet damage
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:07:17 AM »
I use the clips with the extensions since I very rarely can put the smaller sized clip back in the original place.  I also use a screw instead of a staple.  Most of this time when one spring is loose you find others about to go when you look closer after the bottom is opened. 
SA

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General Discussion / Re: Mark Zuckerberg has ghosted
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:03:48 AM »
There was a news story this morning regarding FB - the tech person says you can go to settings and turn off all the options they use to collect information.  Not 100 % effective but it will curb their prying of personal info
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Repairing furniture pet damage
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:16:33 PM »
I get 5-6 jobs a year to reattach a zig zag spring that detached.  Heavy folks - or maybe children jumping - yes it pays some bills
SA

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Fake finishes are a pain but can be touched up just like true wood color finishes.  Faux finishes are either painted backgrounds with glazes moved around to resemble grain or photographic finishes that are a picture of wood grain.  I think Doyle's chest is cedar wood and probably all wood. 

Testing finishes is always a good idea but if you are going to sand the edge down to raw wood it doesn't matter what the old finish is.  To further be safe using shellac as a sealer or barrier coat will stop different finishes from reacting with each other. 

SA

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General Discussion / Re: Japy Freres
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:05:53 PM »
All stripped down and sanded - missing pieces replaced - ready for stain. Going to use a water based dye - golden oak strong mix -


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If the lid has a molded edge I would sand the profile edge all the way around.  A wash coat of shellac on the edge - a colored aerosol to add color - two light costs of clear satin.  You won't need a heavy finish build - those cedar pieces are lightly finished to resemble an oil finish but they are lacquer
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Furniture Upholstery Supplies - Cost?
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:28:19 AM »
The older you get the more you can date back to a time when a product was a fraction of the cost.  Something that was $ 8.00 is now $ 62.00.  Finishes have more regulations increasing costs and I'm sure producing foam and fabrics are not exempt.  This week I scanned all the papers from the purchase of my home in 1980. 
Lawyers fee $ 200.00.  Title search $ 85.00 and the price of the house was -  the price of a nice car today - I'm sure if I live long enough SS won't keep up with the cost of living
SA

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Repairing furniture pet damage
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:19:07 AM »
I went to a home this morning to sew a seam closed. Warrantee damage.    As I sat on the floor to get in position I saw two marks in the velvet fabric.  The sofa was brand new - one week old. I alerted the customer before I started and they said her son smashed the bottle nipple into the fabric - it dried and when they tied to scrape it off with their finger nail it frayed the fabric.  So I'm adding 8 month olds to the Best Customer List !
SA

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