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General Discussion / Re: Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:39:27 PM »
Just testing after upgrade. Please ignore.
Well, whatever upgrade you did......it ain't working.

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General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:47:11 AM »
Actually, the preview button is still there. It's the little unmarked one between post and spell check

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General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:06:16 AM »
This is currently the ONLY thread on the entire first page of general discussion that isn't infested with spam.

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General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 12, 2017, 02:42:24 PM »
larger houses near me have 3000 sq ft and pay
$ 32,000.00 a year in property tax
I pay exactly 1/10 of that amount for the same sq. ft. home. in a nice new neighborhood.

My electric bill includes water, sewer, and trash. Never been more than $350.

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General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:33:52 AM »
The whole unfinished burlap look has a niche following for sure.
But people that like it generally only want one piece as a novelty. Not a whole room full.

They probably don't intend to use it for everyday sitting. It's just a conversation piece.

It's a niche that I prefer to leave to the DIYers. I'm not interested in competing for that market.

But if you target the hoity-toity customer that has more money than brains, you can probably make some pretty good scratch doing that stuff.

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General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:14:30 AM »
"Up-cycled" is easier to define when you're talking about tables, dressers, and such.
Just slap a coat of paint, add a few adornments, and presto!

But I would think that a true "up-cycle" job on a sofa or chair would have to involve reupholstering it. At which point I'm not sure it still falls into pro-typical up-cycle category.

On FB groups, we see a lot of newbies that are all excited about buying older, more solidly built furniture and recovering it. They think they're going to make a fortune flipping furniture bought from a thrift store. Saving an old sofa from the landfill gives everyone a warm, fuzzy feeling. But in reality, most of America would rather toss their cheap sofa to the curb every few years and buy another cheap one.

I think up-cycling is just for the artsy-fartsy crowd that watch all those HGTV shows. They soon find out that TV makes it all LOOK a lot easier than it really is.

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General Discussion / Re: Velvet/Nap question
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:36:48 PM »
On some low nap velvets like that one, I sometimes run the nap left to right to avoid seaming.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Business
« on: September 27, 2017, 04:00:40 PM »
Some of the most profitable jobs you'll ever get are the ones you don't get.

I want to get a fair compensation but not scare them away.
On the other hand, you don't want customers lined up around the block either. If they are, you're gettin' played.

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General Discussion / Re: Foam knife
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:29:27 PM »
If you decide to take a chance on that one, I have an extra 8" blade guide and blades (used) that I can send you. The ones in the ebay pic appear to be 8" also.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/gC6It0MTxYiWT3fF2

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: September 23, 2017, 01:36:41 PM »
Looks like beach sand doesn't it?

Since its Florida, I just assumed it was cocaine.

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General Discussion / Re: working with stripes
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:01:36 AM »
I once gave a lady an estimate of $155 to do her window cushion.

She immediately pulled a piece of paper out of her purse and showed it to me. 
It was a torn off sheet of notebook paper that just said "Labor on cushion $25". She said that my mother gave her that estimate 2 years earlier.

I explained to her that the quote had no letterhead or signature. It didn't specify what type of cushion. And it didn't include labor and foam. But the main reason that I had no intention of honoring that estimate was that my mother had been dead for 7 years at the time.


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General Discussion / Re: Foam knife
« on: September 21, 2017, 07:48:47 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Foam knife
« on: September 21, 2017, 04:59:11 PM »
Look for a used Bosch on eBay. Those others aren't worth it. You can find a decent one for a lot less than new. Just look for an 8" blade with it.

Paul's right. Be patient. A good deal will turn up eventually on ebay. I have 2 Bosch's. I paid $50 for one, and $110 for the other.

A turkey knife from Wally World will get you through until then.

Just be careful. Some of those deals are for "motor only". The blades, blade guide, and foot plate are all sold separately. Suddenly a $350 Bosch becomes a $600 Bosch. Look for a complete used one.

Choice is: A used stanley from ebay, or one of these new ones from this website.
I went and looked at the Stanley on ebay. That might be a good one if both blades move. On some of them, only one blade moves (the other is stationary).

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General Discussion / Re: working with stripes
« on: September 21, 2017, 03:20:38 PM »
Although I do occasionally raise my rates on a case-by-case basis, I generally don't charge any extra for stripes.

The possibility that the customer will run out and buy a more difficult fabric is already factored in to my original quote.

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