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General Discussion / Re: Speaking of Furniture :)
« on: May 01, 2011, 02:59:01 PM »
When I did this in my last life I always said when I have to cut corners to keep up with the new crap coming out I will close the doors. I did that back in the late 90s. Now that I'm back into it for the last year or so I can't believe the furniture I see come into the shop. It was a rarity to see a piece of plywood in a frame. When we did back then it was Wholly S#$t what are they thinking of?
  We bought out last sectional from a company close to Syracuse where we are from. I have worked on many pieces of theirs through the years an it was top notch stuff. We bought this around 2000. And paid something in the neighborhood of 3000.00 for the two pieces. I was was very disappointed when it was delivered. Nothing like a few years past. But still no real bad. Today I don't think anything is of the quality of say 15-20 years ago. Made in USA doesn't really make it with furniture. China and other off shore countries are hard to compete with.
  As for the younger people. They just don't know quality at all. Same for service but that's another thread. I hear about the great piece of furniture someone got at the Rooms to go place. We have gone there a few times to look for furniture. What a joke. But it is what sells.
  Even watching commercials on TV for the local stores. Patterns don't match, cushions done fit. And that seen on the tube!
  Anyway. You have the right idea Chris. Finding an old piece to recover. Best way of you want quality. I don't think I will ever be able to buy new furniture again. What a shame.

General Discussion / Re: Converting a hide-a-bed
« on: April 30, 2011, 06:03:13 PM »
To be blunt this makes no sense. A sofa bed is made for that a sofa is made totally different. Adding all the framing needed just doesn't make sense.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Supplier for Gel Pads
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:02:44 PM »
I didn't realize Miami Corp had them. Good to know. Already have an account there. Thanks.
  Also will keep you in mind Saddleman.

General Discussion / Re: The Hardest Part of My Job
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:01:04 PM »
Estimating odd ball is always a challenge but it does get easier with time. furniture is easy if that is all you do but if you take in other jobs the learning curve is harder. What I do is think about what I think it will take me in time and add 40% to that. It usually works when I haven't done allot of the work. Sometimes you win sometimes you loose that's the way of the business. Just do the best you can and it will all work out.
  Anytime you get stuck doing something, give me a call and maybe I can help. Be happy to.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Have you ever just simply failed?
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:18:13 PM »
atta girl!  ;D

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Supplier for Gel Pads
« on: April 28, 2011, 04:33:50 PM »
Thanks Chris,
  Good site. I will use them when the need arises.

The Business Of Upholstery / Supplier for Gel Pads
« on: April 27, 2011, 08:03:47 PM »
  Does anyone have a decent supplier for Gel Pads? The kind for bike seats.

General Discussion / Re: tack pulls and tension
« on: April 27, 2011, 04:42:11 PM »
sofadoc is right don't pull the crap out of the fabric. Take the slack out. When you are covering something you need to take the excess to the end of the section. On an arm say. Tack the center then work the fabric to the ends taking out the slack. Then work the fabric from center out. This will leave less pulls. Your hand is the tool to lay the fabric on. If right handed use your left to work the fabric.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Have you ever just simply failed?
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:51:17 PM »
I'm just a furniture guy, so I have to ask you boat guys.
Are those type of boat seats profitable (even if you get them right the first time)?

They are profitable is you charge enough. Many (smaller boat) people won't pay for good work but some will and appreciate it when its done. Just like anything else.
  I have done more furniture in my career but like doing nice boats, bikes etc. Even an occasional special car.
  I charge my fee and if I get the work good. If not I don't scrounge for it.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Have you ever just simply failed?
« on: April 26, 2011, 08:09:23 PM »
  I don't want to sound ruff here but you took the job. Do it again and make it nice. Take your time figure out the patters and do it. The original was probably symmetrical. It looks like a large person used the chair and sat on the left side of it pulling down on the cover and the filling under it. An inch is not all that much. Steaming the foam may very well bring it back.
  You asked what we would do. I only can speak for myself but I would do it again and if I failed learn from it and do it yet again till I got it right. Everyone makes mistakes and finds some projects tougher than others especially the first time. Don't give up so easily. It's only vinyl and a little $$. Sometimes just walking away for awhile solves these tuff ones.
  If you need help patterning ask for it. We will help.

General Discussion / Re: Stapeling Coaming Bolsters
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:34:31 PM »
Cut the wood the shape needed. Rounded corners if needed. Cut the foam 1" larger which will leave you 1/2" all around. If the vinyl is boxed cut this to shape with a 1/2" seam allowance. If it is a tight (no boxing) make it large enough to grab onto. You can glue the foam down if you feel the need. A few spots is all that is needed just so its stays in place for you. Start front center and tack (staple loose) rear center same and then side centers. Go back to the front center and work the vinyl with you left hand and staple it. Go to the ends of the front and with you left hand stretch the vinyl tight and staple. Same on the rear and sides. This will work out the stretch. The go back and work it from centers out stapling every couple inches or so. Don't be afraid to take staples out to redo them. You left hand will be the tool to help stretch the vinyl. If you make it tight enough the corner folds will be minimal.
 Be careful not to overstretch the vinyl. There is a point where it will not recover itself. Use stainless staples.
  If this is a boxed piece I taper my end seam in to take up some of the vinyl. Makes is tight when you put it on. Remember vinyl stretches on direction more that the other usually up the goods.

General Discussion / Re: replacing old horse hair stuffing
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:23:46 PM »
As mentioned if this is an antique and needs to be restored like original there is no other option. You say the hair is falling apart? Hair does that. Dirty? Yes is isn't like modern day filling. If you pick it (pull it apart) in your hands the dust will fall out and it will become usable. Unless it has really disintegrated. Hair is stitched to the burlap over the springs. If you have good burlap on these springs you will need to lay the hair evenly on top and stitch it through the burlap so it stays in place. Long 4-5" stitches in probably three or four rows across the seat. You can then add cotton to build up the seat further.
  Ask if you need more help on this.
  Welcome to the Upholstery field  :)

General Discussion / Re: Boat Upholstery
« on: April 21, 2011, 02:02:34 PM »
On some vintage boats cotton was used. I would still use it if it was in a cabin., Dacron is the preferred fill now-a-days. Don't like it but its what everyone seems to use. Dacron will drain better. Be sure to use a plastic sheet over whatever if its outside on deck.

General Discussion / Re: Dinette Booths
« on: April 20, 2011, 03:58:50 PM »
Sounds like about $25.00 - $30.00 a section COM.

General Discussion / Re: thought this was going to be easy!
« on: April 19, 2011, 07:37:51 AM »
is it possible to see a picture of this? By pleats I mean just in the corners. Either a folded pleat or a kiss pleat not very big and hardly seen.

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