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General Discussion / Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 16, 2018, 07:58:24 AM »
Do not try this at home! Or in your shop!

I've been using an electric carving knife to cut my foam. I've gotten pretty good at it and I don't think I cut enough foam to justify buying a Bosch or other cutter made specifically for cutting foam.

I sharpen the blades on my electric carving knife and over the years they got worn to the point where I was going to get a new one. Then I had this great idea!

I've cut foam a few times by holding a hack saw blade in my hand. It works well but is tiring on my hand. So, I epoxied a hack saw blade to one of the worn out electric carving knife blades. What a great idea! Unfortunately, it does not work. I think the hack saw blade is moving too fast with it's small teeth and it just does not cut the foam. I was so proud of myself just before failure entered my world. Sometimes reality is harsh and uncaring.

General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:03:01 PM »
I hadn't thought of adding kapoc. That's a good idea. I'm just thinking I've got foam so why not use it. And yes shredded foam is rather cheap but couldn't find anything on line about using it in a bean bag chair. If making my own shredded foam didn't work I would only be out my time.

And I love my wood chipper. If I give it a try with foam I'll let you know how it works. By the way, it doesn't work well on cats. At least that's what I hear. Actually, I wear hearing protection so I didn't hear anything. :-)

General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:07:07 PM »
"They tell you they will be ready but they never are."

Many, many times I had a due date with an ID who was wanting to coordinate my upholstery deliveries with the window treatment installations and/or new furniture being delivered. And I got a call telling me the due date was pushed back because someone was not ready. Sometimes it was the painters or flooring people or carpenters who were not ready.

I never want to be the person who is not ready. I will occasionally remind my IDs that when they have a thousand details to worry about on a project with a homeowner or business owner, they never have to worry about my work. And they always agree with that.

"Because the customer has a need, we have a job to do. Because the customer has a choice, we must be the better choice. Because the customer has sensibilities, we must be considerate. Because the customer has an urgency, we must be quick. Because the customer is unique, we must be flexible. Because the customer has high expectations, we must excel. Because the customer has influence, we have the hope of more customers. Because of the customer, we exist!" Zig Zigler


General Discussion / Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:56:20 PM »
I am going to make a baseball bean bag chair for my grandson. It will be two panels of white fabric sewn together, and then I'll use a soft red cord to make it look like there are stitches. And yes for those of you who are going to ask, it will have 108 stitches.

What do you think of using shredded polyurethane foam for the stuffing? I've got scraps around the shop.

I remember talking about shredding foam years ago but I don't remember what was said. I've got a wood chipper that shreds sticks up to 3" in diameter. Do you think this would work on poly foam?

Any thoughts on a type of fabric? I don't like using white but it's a baseball, what can I do. If it gets scratches and stains on it I'll just tell people it was one of Joe Niekro's baseballs. :-)



General Discussion / Re: Fabric not wide enough
« on: August 06, 2018, 06:41:41 PM »
Let's say each of the 3 cushions is 21 inches wide. My math tells me that is 63 inches. So what you will be doing is making one cushion that is 63" wide. Correct?

I would look at seaming 3 panels of fabric, each 21 inches wide (finished width - don't forget to add seam allowances) for the seat cushion panel. You need two such panels so they can flip the cushion over. You could put welt cord on the seams or not, depending on what the customer wants and what looks best. This will give the appearance of 3 places to sit on the one cushion. It will also give your eyes a sense of symmetry, which is usually important to most people.

Don't forget to seam the boxing the same way.

For the back inside panel, I would do 3 panels also. The center panel would be 21" finished width and the other panels would be as wide as needed to cover the inside back. I would match the seams on the inside back panel with the seams on the seat cushion panel.

If it has a skirt I would use 3 skirt panels in the front and have them match the seams in my seat cushion. The center skirt panel would be 21" wide. The other two skirt panels would go to the ends of the sofa. I would do the same on the outside back panel as I did on the inside back panel. And the same for the skirt panels on the back.

It's a fun project but a lot of work. I hope your pattern is easy to match on the seams.

Another thought: 21" is getting close to being rather narrow. If the 3 seat cushions worked well before, it shouldn't be a problem. If you wanted to "widen" the cushions at least in how they look being a "two cushion" look, Paul's idea of a center seam would be the way to go. Also if the customer didn't care a center seam would be less work.


General Discussion / Re: Leatherman
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:38:02 PM »
I'm waiting for a cell phone that has a pocket knife. The best camera I ever had is on my cell phone. The brightest flashlight I have ever had is on my cell phone. The most accurate GPSed satellite compass I have ever had is on my cell phone. The easiest appointment calendar I have ever used is on my cell phone. The most beautiful pictures of any grandchild ever are on my cell phone. There's no question that when they come out with a pocket knife on a cell phone, it will be awesome!!!


I'm glad I won't be around when they are running things.

A person who speaks more than 2 languages is called a polyglot.

A person who speaks 2 languages is called bi lingual.

A person who speaks only 1 language is called an American.

I was typing while you posted Paul. The reference marks are a great idea. I think my pins do the same thing but I need to take the time to do the pinning. I wonder if I'm being too neat when I don't need to be.


I have sewn elastic banding to the longer piece of fabric and then sewn the two fabrics together. I have sewn the elastic to the longer piece of fabric and then pined it to the shorter piece and then sewn them together. It worked easier to pin before sewing. The biggest mistake I made was pulling the elastic too tight. I haven't done a lot of these so it's all guess work for me in sewing on the elastic banding. I'm sure if I did a lot of them I would figure out an appropriate amount of stretch in the elastic to use.

I've tried to pin without sewing on the elastic and it was not as nice as with the elastic.

I've used the differential on my serger to get the two pieces together and then sewed them with my sewing machine with the 1/2 inch allowance. I've only done this a few times and it was guess work with the settings. If I had more of this type business I would spend the time to read the manual and watch more videos on youtube. I think I watch one video just to know what the knobs did so I wouldn't have to read the manual.

They both worked out OK. Again, if I had a lot of this type work I would be able to figure out which technique, or some other technique, worked best and then used that all the time.

Also, when there isn't a lot of stretch in the fabric, a lot of gather is more noticeable and I try to get the gathering to be consistent. The serger and pinning the elastic banding both helped with this consistency.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Update on the marketing of leather
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:41:55 PM »

A great video on leather.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Home Based Business Insurance
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:29:30 PM »
I use insurance to help protect me from losing everything. I start with my business being an LLC. Whether an LLC or a corporation, this takes all my personal property off the table if my business is sued. I don't know, but if I am intermingling my business with my personal, such as using my detached garage on my personal property, using my personal van or truck for business uses, and taking a part of my personal house as a tax deduction for business use, does this make my personal property liable in a business law suit? I don't know. I'm not in this situation so it does not apply to me. I'll do a google search and see what I can find. It's called "piercing the veil".

I have business insurance for four reasons: My lease requires me to have insurance, I've had customers (other businesses) require me to show proof of insurance, it helps to make me look like a legitimate company which I am, and if there is a claim or a law suit I will save a lot of time by having the insurance company take care of the details on my behalf and not have to hire an attorney myself if I would be required t have an attorney. My business is at a separate location from my house so I don't have that issue to deal with.

Homeowner insurance and auto insurance almost always exempt "business use". Are you using your detached garage for business use? Using your truck or van for business use? Taking a tax deduction on your house for business use? Finding out that your insurance does not cover something because of "business use" after you have a loss or a pending liability law suit is not a good thing.

Insurance can be voided if the insured is engaged in unlawful practices. Not following zoning laws? I would not want to have a claim and then find out that there is a problem here.

I think the best thing is to sit down with your insurance agent and lay everything out to him/her. It may cost you more in premiums and you might be able to off-set this with a higher deductible. I make wooden cornice boards and my agent told me that if I had a table saw in my shop he would need to add the "woodworking" classification and that is much higher rates. Who would have thought my circular saw and home made saw guides would have saved me money.

A lot of people ignore these things and just hope everything will be OK. That is one way to go. I think the purpose of insurance is to protect us from catastrophic events. Running a business in your home or on your home property without business insurance is, in my mind, the same thing as building a house on a flood plane and not having flood insurance.

Don't forget to shop for rates. My original insurance company clearly decided it did not need small businesses in my category and the rates went up every year. I switched to another insurance company who loves to insure small businesses that have been in business for a few years showing a nice cash flow and their rates were less than the innitial rates of the first insurance company.


SteveA, you probably won't be able to remember, but how many times have you said to your wife, "So, where do you feel like going for our anniversary tonight?" Or, "So, where do you feel like going for your birthday tonight?" And you get that look from your wife that tell's you you've got the wrong date? LOL


Finally a really funny joke about getting old and losing our memories!

Know what makes this joke truly funny, steveA? Look at the very first joke posted on this topic thread by sofaDoc. LMAO!


PS: With my memory I'm laughing with you, not at you.

General Discussion / Re: Furniture feet
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:33:55 PM »
The customer wants the top of the seat cushions to be 19" above the ground. They are 17" now.

I cut the legs off as mentioned. I hope that steveA's suggestion to do that was not another one of his jokes. With the sofa upside down, I clamped a wood block to the side of the frame and level with the bottom edge of the frame. This allowed me to rest my hand saw on the wood block to keep it perpendicular with the sofa frame. Two love seats and all 8 legs got cut off OK.

I will use 1" x 3" x 6' pine boards to build a frame and screw it with glue to the bottom of the sofa. The 3" is nominal 2 1/2" and that's close enough for me. If they complain about it being 1/2" too high I'll tell them that my shop floor must be 1/2" lower then their floor. :-)

Do you think 2 wood dowels and glue for each leg will keep the legs from collapsing and killing their cat?



General Discussion / Re: Rough Day
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:28:19 PM »
I can't tell from your second picture but did you leave those two loose threads there?  :-)


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