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General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:38:02 AM »
Cutting foam that is on the furniture with the base plate removed from the Bosch foam cutter.



I wonder how fast the colors will fade on that cotton fabric at $9.49 per yard? And how easy is it to get pulls in it?

I ordered 64" wide canvas from them earlier this year off Amazon. My cutting table is 60" wide and I cover it with canvas. I usually get my canvas from Rowley's in NC, which is 72" wide. The 64" turned out to be 58". I returned it and won't buy anything from them again. Fool me once...


General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 29, 2018, 07:20:57 PM »
65Buick - Just wait until November when you take that EZE home to carve the Thanksgiving turkey. You'll wish you had stayed with the electric knife. LOL

I wonder if the two knife cutter does soft foam easier?


General Discussion / Re: woodworking
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:32:54 PM »
Two and a half million years ago, or so, an ancient ancestor of ours may have been trying to break open a nut or a shell somewhere on the African continent. She got frustrated and hit the object with a rock. Voila! It broke the nut or shell open instantly, and worked a lot better than banging the nut or shell on the rock with her hand. And the first tool was born.

I'm sure as more and more distant hominids began using a rock to break open nuts and shells and crabs and occasionally each other's skulls, there were old timers who complained about the good old days when all you had to use was your hand to hit the nut or shell on a rock to open it. They probably had a list of benefits that using just your hand gave you that you couldn't get with hitting it with a rock.

We've come a long way in 2 and a half million years.


General Discussion / Re: Staple Remover
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:31:34 AM »
The staple remover that was the easiest on my hands was my son. Not super fast and frequent phone breaks, but much less wear and tear on my hands. I also had to pay for it every time it was used. :-)


General Discussion / woodworking
« on: August 27, 2018, 08:50:53 PM »
Here's a video on making a guitar that I recently watched. It's from 2016.


Here's a video blog on rebuilding a 1911 wooden ship. This is a current project.


I found both of these to be fascinating. I watched them over the last few weeks. We may be the last generation to truly appreciate fine craftsmanship made by people and not machines.


General Discussion / Re: Staple Remover
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:16:43 PM »
I have not seen that before.

Most staples need a tap on the staple puller to get them out. If the one handle was made to receive blows from a hammer that might be worth trying.

I have sharpened a staple puller to a fine edge and it still needs to be tapped on the handle to get it under most staples.

With my osilating cutter being used for almost all staple removals, I can't see spending $30.50 on this. But, someone may find it does the trick for them.


Sign in a bar/restaurant:

Don't drink and drive.
There are people who text and drive.
They will hit you.
And you will be blamed for the accident because you were drinking.

General Discussion / Re: Seats
« on: August 23, 2018, 06:19:02 PM »
"What will serve me well is if i could loose some of this beer gut."

I'm down 35 lbs this year - just over half of my total goal. Almost all of it came off my belly. If you think you have back pain now, lose 35 lbs. The good news is the back spasms are only temporary. My back muscles were used to holding up an extra 35 lbs. With that weight off my muscles have to learn not to pull so hard all the time. It's that learning that can be a real pain.


General Discussion / Re: Seats
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:10:41 PM »
"How come no one mentioned about working with spray glue and cotton:) - don't ask ! "

In the olden days, they used tar and feathers. Spray glue and cotton is more economically sound today. :-) If you want to dress up your grandchild as a snowman for Halloween???
"...but that side stripe had to look the same as I pulled the fabric. "

I'm not sure if the poly batting (dacron) makes keeping the stripes parallel easier than only cotton or not, but I grew up on poly batting and I just keep playing with the fabric until I get it right.

Do you put cambric on the bottoms of all your chairs? I do. I've noticed on the rare occasion when I get slip seats in to re upholster and they don't have cambric or some bottom fabric, to me it looks unfinished.

Back pain: I've had my shop for 15 years now, as best I can remember. The first two years I had lower back pain constantly. I knew it was from leaning over my cutting table. I read somewhere that the height of your table should be such that when you stand beside your table, your elbow can touch the top of table. I did this and it made my table noticeable high. I'm 6' 1". My lower back pain went away and has never come back.

General Discussion / Re: Seats
« on: August 20, 2018, 07:14:23 PM »
I thought foam was abrasive and putting it against fabric was not a good idea. I've seen seat cushions on chairs or sofas where the fabric is wrinkled because the fabric is pulled forward when butts slide off the cushion and the abrasive foam keeps the fabric from sliding back into place.

I've never seen 1/4" foam used instead of poly batting or cotton.


General Discussion / Re: Seats
« on: August 19, 2018, 04:50:32 PM »
I'm wondering if the slip seats are original to the chairs. Molded foam is usually made to fit. If someone glued 1/4" foam to the molded foam I'm wondering if it was a re upholsterer fitting molded foam that was not original to the slip seat frame. I can't see Stickley doing something like that. But then, you've got to make a profit.


General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:17:38 AM »
A trick I found with the electric carving knife is that I always pull the knife toward me. I usually use both hands to pull the knife toward me. If it's a long cut I will stand on a stool and lean over the table to reach out as far as I can and push the knife into the foam and pull the blade toward me. I'll then flip the foam around so I can do the same thing from the other side of the foam.

On curves I'll pull the knife toward me and then rotate the foam so I can continue to pull toward me. I've found that this helps me to keep the blade perpendicular to the table top.

I've tried hanging the foam over the edge but that doesn't seem to cut as well as pulling the knife toward me on top of the cutting table.

I don't know why I've never bought a professional foam cutter. Here's a link to some less expensive one's.



The doctors had to cut off the entire left side of his body.

Not to worry... he's all right now. :-)

General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: August 16, 2018, 06:50:41 PM »
If they are that unwilling to put forth any effort to help you with the estimate, can you imagine how unwilling they would be to put forth an effort to pay you?

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