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General Discussion / Re: Buttons
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:27:17 PM »
Unless you're matching a button size ......... usually when you make buttons for a recovered piece you change all the buttons so the size you have isn't much of an issue as long as it is close to what was there.  The buttons can come with different bottoms - eye or nail

General Discussion / Re: Buttons
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:36:16 PM »
I agree - buy what you need as necessary - using the tools will sharpen your skills and knowledge.  When I bought the button maker I got three sizes which seem to be fairly common - 22 - 30 - 36


General Discussion / Foam
« on: December 04, 2017, 04:29:13 PM »
This is a recent job.  Hand made chairs from India, a set of eight - have been in the clients family for years.  The foam is like toast.  How do people sit on this when the chair was 15 years over due for new foam, tighten springs, and new fabric.  Especially when this client has the financial means to arrange for restoration any time they like

General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:26:42 PM »
Were the unions Doc posted a link for to repair the edge wire worth looking at ?

Those are honest rules for anyone who works on site.  I'd like to think I'd follow those rules but can't say so 100 % -
Lately more often I want the piece back in the shop.  I hate working on the floor in homes and trying to figure out what tools and materials I need before visiting. 
Fill up a cushion, attach a button that's no problem.  Otherwise I way prefer shop-work if customer agrees.

A repair for that seat should run around $ 150.00

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are they?
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:20:37 AM »
It looks good to me - neat compared to all the crap hanging off of my walls.  First thing polish the fire extinguisher - they come out great -
One of the banjos looks like it is one of those made in Japan many years ago ?  -  and what looks like an old cabinet makers tool chest is nicely preserved.
Studio slash Man Cave ?  No designer could have this vision in their head because they can't relate and they look for symmetry 


Does the fabric match other pieces because if it's not enough they should just order new fabric. It's only 4 chairs ?   If they have the original purchase invoice it will give the fabric number..... call and inquire if it's still available.  Can't charge for that - just a phone call -
I see the seats have a curve but I can't tell by the photos if the retro fit particle board is going to stand up to use.  Does the applied laminate look like it's not working ?
Try to take another photo of the underside of the seat but pull back a bit  -  not a tight in view.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are they?
« on: November 27, 2017, 11:11:22 AM »
Decorators / designers are a pain because they are never happy. 
But I would like to think of them as folks who know colors - patterns, textures, more so..... folks with the artistic eye who follow the latest trends - know the recent styles and can make your place look like it is the top of the world. 
On the other side of the coin are the graduates from schools who think they don't need the upholsterer's advice because they know it all.  The problem is that a school can give you a degree but not the eye for artistic design - that is a natural talent of an artist -
When you're spending 100/yard for fabric you want someone who knows it will look good without regrets after the room is set up. 
I stay away from decorators - I'd rather work with a customer like Chris says' - someone who wants to make their own choices -
When a designers vision isn't perfect all the working folks are in the line of fire

General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:40:27 AM »
I would need Divine Intervention to do another one LOL

General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: November 25, 2017, 09:08:21 AM »
I wondered who would notice - that's my favorite - had to put it down to take the photo -  Thanks for the kind words -

General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: November 24, 2017, 11:49:08 AM »
Thanks Ed - yes it was wearing on me knowing the work it needed and I had my regular work to do.  Toward the end it was starting to feel like a chore.  Anyway thinking back I was going to cut up the wood for smaller projects - doing this giant restoration wasn't my first choice.  After I got it back to the shop I thought to myself this chair has been around 150 years - you won't see many like it - and who knows what Priest celebrated Mass seated in this chair.  Maybe the Arch Bishop ?  Dare I say a Pope ?  Maybe one day I'll find a picture with John Paul seated in this chair.  I'm very glad it's done - my Wife fixed up a place in the L/R - hung plates and looks at it as sculpture - I see woodworking craftsmanship from an earlier period when high quality mattered.  This is my last entry - I have the chair until my Son and DIL trade me for a grandchild. 

General Discussion / Re: Thank you
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:37:45 PM »
I'm only working half a day tomorrow - :)
Many Blessings to all the good folks here !

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are we?
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:28:00 AM »
I don't know exactly how the favorable term "Hand Made" became so popular but what I remember was when you looked at furniture was it assembly line construction, duplicating carving machines, joined wood by router dovetails, assembled using nail guns, and finished by glaze to even up the color. 
Today I was looking through the new Woodworkers Supply Catalog and I'm amazed most every item says "Import" I guess not made as well as the USA could -

Tradesman don't get enough credit for the everyday handwork and there are millions of us doing it every day without thanks.  But get published in one of those magazines for making a bookcase - or throwing / firing a vase and society calls you a master.
My favorite has always been This Old House - those guys don't claim to be exulted yet they have been providing and teaching the trade for 30 years and their financial compensation has always been very small - much credit to them !

An American goes into a bar in New York where there is a robot bartender. The robot Says, What'll you have?"
The guy replies, "Vodka"
The robot brings back his drink and asks, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "168"
The robot continues to talk about physics, space exploration, and medical technology.
After the guy leaves and the more he thinks about it, the more curious he gets, so he decides to go back.
The robot asks, "What's your drink?"
The guy answers, "Vodka."
The robot returns with his drink and asks, "What's your IQ?"
The man replies, "100."
The robot talks about Nascar, Budweiser, the Lions, and LSU.
The man finishes his drink, leaves, but is so interested in his "experiment" that he decides to try again.
He enters the bar and, as usual, the robot asks him what he want to drink.
The man replies, "Vodka."
The robot brings the drink and asks, "What's your IQ?"
The man answers, "50."
The robot leans in real close and asks, "So . . . are . . . you people . . . still unhappy Hillary didn't get in ?

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