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General Discussion / Leather
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:40:37 AM »

I bought some scrap leather for a small project, mainly to give potential customers something with my name on it. As I've found out, working with leather is another whole ball game.
Short of buying a kit from Tandy with all the special tools, does anyone have any suggestions? I wanted to machine stitch the leather, not spend a ton of time, but at least have something professional looking.

At a minimum I have realized that should a customer ask for leather, I'm in for it. Though, stitching straight lines on a cushion is a whole lot easier than stitching something small.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: New website
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:33:11 AM »
Hey!! What about me?

General Discussion / Re: Spammers be off.., puff
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:57:32 PM »
Probably bots

General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:22:00 PM »
I love shellac. You can buy different hues and then mix it for your purpose with alcohol. Shellac is great stuff.

General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:51:05 PM »
Wow, wow, wow. Also looking forward to the upholstery.

General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:26:19 PM »
Kody- it's NYC.

General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 09, 2017, 06:46:29 PM »
It would be interesting to know really about trends if it weren't so exhausting.

From my perspective, it used reclaimed materials began as a real thing. It was then passed on to yuppies, who 'craved' rustic, reclaimed, and anything showing 'character'.
Of course, it got way out of control and anything resembling 'rustic' was proliferated even if it had absolutely no relation to the original idea or the re-using of anything.

You also have to add in that people get bored of stuff, so when a new trend arrives, on the bandwagon they go. Me personally, I refuse to be a part of it.

General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:19:56 PM »
Paul you're lucky then. This whole 'rustic' thing has gone on too long. Grey, beige, greige, brown. Rustic, reclaimed bla bla bla.
Can we get back to actually superior furniture already?

General Discussion / Re: Webbing
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:16:56 PM »
Kody - 5" is big. Do you have a photo of that?
Original cushion for this project measured @ 2" only. I think 3" would be better, but only a thin layer of dacron in order to keep the boxy look.
But b/c 3" is thin I'm thinking firmer like 44lb. I personally like really firm like 50lb but I doubt others do.

Thanks for the thought. I will make sure the customer gets what they want. Obviously they are going a bit out of their way to restore these. They must enjoy this style.

General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:28:12 AM »
I really don't like it when people paint beautiful teak, rosewood etc.

General Discussion / Re: Webbing
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:25:14 AM »
I have found that I can buy the pirelli, with clips & precut.
Good point, since the designer hadn't mentioned it, I will bring it up.

General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 06, 2017, 05:07:04 PM »
You wouldn't believe some of the words young people dream up.
Because 'recycled' is not good enough, right?
It's pretty ludicrous. But, if that makes them happy.

General Discussion / Re: Foam knife
« on: October 06, 2017, 05:05:13 PM »
I have found a used Stanley on ebay. Looks about the same.
Or hold out for the Bosch?

General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:36:50 AM »
What sofadoc said.

General Discussion / Re: Webbing
« on: October 05, 2017, 07:58:04 PM »
The owner as I understand, declined New furniture in lieu of keeping and restoring the chairs. The designer, suprisingly, was a bit put off by that.
I love these chairs. I have not done research yet but they are very valuable.
I would estimate a restored chair to be well over $1000.
The wood refinisher did a fabulous job & the frames are near immaculate.

There is one more chair, much like the slipper chair I completed with the 'x' pattern to be done.

As this is a first job for this designer, and because I care, I want this job to be the absolute best it can be. I will take my time here and make sure it is as close to original as possible.


After some more investigating, it appears that only rubber webbing was used. The reason I can tell is because I can see fading on the vinyl between where the webbing was. I don't think I will do anything else but replace the webbing the way it was when it was manufactured.

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