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Messages - Darren Henry

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General Discussion / Re: Headliner
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:20:09 AM »
Sew a little curve in at the tip.

General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 09, 2018, 07:26:38 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Silver screens ( Reflextec )
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:14:08 AM »
I've never used magnetic tape. In fact I am not even sure where I would get it here. I'd use velcro just because I have it on hand, it's sewable, and I think it would be cheaper than magnetic tape.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2017, 11:16:29 AM »
Merry Christmas from chilly southern Manitoba. Minus 28 C with winds up to 46km making it feel like -44. When I flip the weather channel over to 'Merican it's 18 below feeling like 47 below F .

General Discussion / Re: Double welt cord with leather
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:03:41 AM »
Glad that worked out for you. Did you clamp the leather or the belt sander? just curious. After all those years making and repairing shoes it's second nature for me to hold the leather and work it against the sander like I'm using an finisher* again. Wondered if you found it easier that way. I have a picture in my mind of someone reading this and then trying to thin out a 3X3" piece for a patch somewhere.

*Finisher"---big noisy sander/trimmer used in the shoe business.

General Discussion / Re: Double welt cord with leather
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:28:15 AM »
If you want to skive the leather get a Tina knife and a slab of marble or plate glass. It is much faster than sanding the edge down. if you want to thin out the leather a belt sander clamped into your workmate is your best choice or a large diameter drum sander (like 3") mounted on a horizontal shaft. You have much more control moving the leather past a fixed sanding device than doing it other way around [unless you're doing the whole hide LOL]. Set it up so that the belt is traveling down and support the leather with a leather half sole or a piece of wall paneling etc... and draw it up against the motion of the sander. Don't go for the home run!! Make several light passes.[wink]

Rather than soaking in cold water I would run it under warm water till it stops bubbling and then let it sit until it feels damp.

General Discussion / Re: Salon chairs
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:49:51 AM »
Be careful saying "easy job". I've had salon chairs,message tables etc...become a loosing proposition because I didn't allow enough time for all the disassembly and a few rusted/bent bolts.

If it is an upscale salon, show them some samples of Crypton. I've used a fair bit of it for the hospital here.They have some nice patterns and solids.

General Discussion / Re: Mid century furniture
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:38:06 AM »
no magic formula. All I've ever done was to put a clip on one end and draw it to the tension I want and mark it ( allowing for the clip, of course). Then let it relax and cut the rest the same length.

General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:29:33 AM »
When I got starved out of making shoes I sub contracted for a guy doing camp maintenance and light construction. One day we were making kitchen cabinets for a camp we were building and he told me to run this tiny piece of wood through the table saw. I started looking for a push stick and says " just hold it by the corner here" . During the ensuing argument I had to point out that he only had 5 digits left and that I intended to keep all 10 of mine.

I have no chalet, etc... and Winnie knows where the keys are to my gun safe. I'd better avoid fancy restaurants.

Anybody know how to get an ice cream truck to cruise rural areas?

General Discussion / Re: Pricing Banquette Seating & Foam
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:50:07 AM »
I've never used formulas for quoting. If it's something I haven't done recently or a little different I work it out long hand. In this case 4 yds of fabric @X$/yd= ? plus X sq.ft of 3" foam plus zippers and welt cord gives me my material price. Then each of the large cushions will take me so long @ my shop rate of $???plus so much for the two short ones etc... gives me a labour price. It's more work, but alot more accurate and going through it like that often helps me pick up on ,things that don't fit in to formulas like "oh yeah she wants tassles sewn in as well".

I don't get the selection of compression ratings from my suppliers up here that Doyle is alluding to, but 3" would be my suggestion. If the back cushion sit on top of the seat cushions you could look at using 2" for the backs to gain seat depth. Depends on the fabric.

Are you building the banquette as well ? or just  cushions?

General Discussion / Re: Poly batting versus cotton
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:21:12 AM »

wouldn't that be the board that is screwed onto the front deck border to attach the springs to?

General Discussion / Re: Home Theater Job
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:21:52 AM »
"The frame was built by a cabinet maker and of course nobody bothered to consult the upholsterer in the design."

OMG That is a recipe for hard times. We are in the midst of re-doing the backs on restaurant booths that were obviously never intended to be worked on again. Whoever designed them upholstered the backs right to the frame (no removable parts), and screwed them together back to back. Not a huge deal,even with the show wood ends. What is a real pain is how they designed the wooden divider that sits on top to isolate the two booths. A wooden box 10" high and 4" deep is screwed on ( and some later glued for good measure) from the top. Then an oak 2X4 is mounted to a piece of MDF that fits inside the box on rails to "float" the 2X4 by about 3/4". This is glued in place!!! After some serious damage to the last two we removed we had to resort to cutting the screws off with a saws all and finding a new way to re-mount the dividers. I would have really liked to have had some input on that design.

Awesome job as always Ed. Thanks for sharing.

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:32:28 PM »
In a book I found a simple(r) project making a key holder. I could then stamp my logo on it.

---Or gold press, or screen printing, or ??

I don't want to jack your thread. How about you PM me your phone number, and we talk about what your goals is and what your thinking? then I could jump back in here. I don't pay for long distance from home, but I'm in Manitoba so two hours later than your time.

get your checkbook out hehe
Just admiring them leather stamp punches Darren had on his bench, they dont give them away thats for sure.

Thanks for the kind words Floyd. You are not lying about the cost of this craft. Each of those stamps in the background cost me $9-19 back in the late 90's. then you add in all the other tools.---It adds up quick. that is why I was suggesting he kept things simple.

General Discussion / Re: Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:55:28 PM »
I had surprisingly good luck last night posting some photobucket shots I have to Ian's post about leather. I had less pop ups and problems than usual and  I copied the line above Thumb nail ,and pasted it directly into the body of my post. It behaved like we used to do with the "Copy thumb nail--insert photo---paste" drill that we used to use.

Works up here. Somebody want to try down in the States or overseas?

Thanks again for the ongoing hard work Inger

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