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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: The Restaurant booth business!
« on: March 05, 2010, 08:33:18 PM »
Mom & Pop restaurants tend to be on a REALLY tight budget, PLUS they want them done "one-at-a-time". I've done a lot of restaurant booths, and other seating over the years. I always had to let the game come to me. My best luck has been with chains that are owned by a franchisee who is based nearby(someone who owns maybe 4 or 5 restaurants of a particular chain). If you can get your foot in the door at the office of a local franchisee owner, you might be able to parlay that into some steady work. Big chains tend to "gut the place", and totally remodel with all-new everything.

Good Luck, restaurant booth work is nice work if you can get it.

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:07:46 AM »



If this is in reference to the HF tool I posted the link on, it doesn't rotate.  It vibrates back and forth.  It would just cut the staples off flush...I think.  Then you could just tap them down with a hammer so they'd be flush with the wood.  It may be worth the $39.95 to try it out. ???
Oh, OK, that might be interesting. BTW, I ordered that DoubleRock staple remover today.
If you get the HF tool, keep us posted. If THAT doesn't work, we could always try dynomite!!


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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 09, 2010, 11:49:29 PM »
I had to experiment a bit with angle of attack and direction to get my best results. Or you may just have too "good" a hammer.

Well, it better be a good one. I paid 12 bucks for it! Seriously though, I think that I need one with adjustable speed, so I can control it better. That's why I was curious about that "Bantam Ripper" (but Stephen did complain that it sometimes wasn't powerful enough).

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 09, 2010, 09:44:15 PM »
Hard to say without trying it. Fabric, foam and/or cotton might wrap around cutting disc. At the very least, you would probably plow through a lot of replacement discs.

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 09, 2010, 08:15:15 PM »
Stephen> Yes , that is the one I'm talking about (remember the 2 modifications)
You can grab underneath the welt cord, or grab staples and pull them out without cutting them.

hdflame> The Lowes's nippers are too squared on the outer edges, they won't "roll over the wood" as well. The Home Depot nippers also have a spring loaded handle. All tile nippers will have to be filed in order for the nipper blades to meet.

After reading everyone's threads, I think I need to re-visit the air chisel. Maybe I need a better air hammer. With mine, I always left a carnage of jagged staples, and splintered wood behind that had to be dealt with.

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 09, 2010, 06:45:01 AM »
Quote
As Cheryl, and others have said, there is no one stripping tool that is right for every application

Or everybody. I have a similar set of nipper I use making/repairing shoes and I'd go nuts if I ever had to use it to pull staples full time ( Yeah it was at hand a couple of times and   :P I didn't like it ) .

The key word there being SIMILAR. Over the years, I have shown my modified tile nippers to other upholsterers, who immediately went to the nearest hardware store and bought the FIRST pair of tile nippers they saw. Not all nippers are shaped right for the purpose of stripping furniture.
I have employed many helpers to strip furniture. I present them with all of the viable options (air chisel, Berry's, Osborne, dykes). At first, they all gravitate to the air chisel. By the end of the day, they all have settled on the modified tile nippers.

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 08, 2010, 07:36:33 PM »
Here is my favorite stripping tool in it's original packaging (Home Depot-$18)

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With a file, I had to make 2 modifications:

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#1 file the 2 "tits" down so the nipper edges can touch

#2 dull the nipper blades with a file, so they will grab a staple without cutting it.

Eventually, the rubber hand grips will loosen, and slide off frequently. When they do, I add a little Gorilla Glue to them.

As Cheryl, and others have said, there is no one stripping tool that is right for every application. But if I could only have ONE, this would be it.

 

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 08, 2010, 06:21:56 PM »

I don't know if they still have it, but Burch Fabrics used to have this....

Pnuematic Hammer Air Ripping Tool

They also sold the bit separately for $12. I probably should have bought the bit to see if it would work with my Harbor Freight Air Impact Hammer.

They still have it. Stock # A1030   $15.97

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 07, 2010, 11:22:52 AM »
>Stephen: Yes, that ripping tool in your first photo will work in any air impact hammer. I guess I am in the dark about the Bantam ripper. How is it different from an ordinary air hammer/ripping chisel combo? Is it a higher quality pneumatic? Maybe I've seen them in supply catalogs, and just assumed that it was the same as the cheap version. If the Bantam is as good as it is expensive, I think that the $20 chisel and the Harbor Freight air hammer will be a step backward.

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 06, 2010, 11:32:09 PM »
care to share a pic.. always interested in tools :)

I will try to take a pic on Monday, and get it uploaded.

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:47:08 PM »
Keeton Supply in Ft. Worth, Tx. has the ripping chisel for $20.95.  
http://www.keetonsupply.com/products.php?pg=product_box&cat_id=2&PHPSESSID=jhjgicd6465q0kr0tfon6p2t66&page_num=11#

To me, it's uses are limited. You DO have to be carefull around finished wood. Also, it's loud, and causes the air compressor to run constantly. Plus, you still have to go behind it, and pick out all of the jagged staples.
My favorie stripping tool is a pair of tile nippers that I modified. I can grab under the welt cord, and I can grab staples, and pull them out without cutting them. 

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 06, 2010, 07:09:09 PM »
Speaking of Carrs Corner, what's the trick to getting accepted? I received an e-mail saying that my request for membership was "under review". That was 8 months ago. Guess I didn't make the cut.

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:36:18 PM »
  If your supplier is so sold on it, tell him  to give you one to try first, or maybe a refund including shipping if you're not satisfied. 

Actually, my supplier does offer a 14 day trial period. (not sure about return shipping).

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General Discussion / Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:17:20 PM »
I've got a supplier trying to sell me this tool:     http://www.stripbit.com/
Anybody got one? If so, is it as great as they claim? It looks like the video "glosses over" the time it takes to get ready to use it. Also, you still have to go back and remove, or drive down protruding staples.
Looks like it would be handy on dining room seats, except the ones made of particle board (looks like it would pull chunks of wood off along with the fabric).
Is it worth 90 bucks?

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