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Chris I envy you having 4 fabrics to choose from and all that left is colors. My sample room must have 500 different types of fabric and that is at a minimum.
They can have whatever color they want as long as it's black.

General Discussion / Re: Wrestling Match
« on: February 22, 2018, 05:54:52 AM »
If the foam will withstand a spray glue I would add a 1/4" skin on foram to smooth things out first. Then pattern the inside in four pieces the forth being a small boxing type piece along the bottom where it breaks at the seat line. This will be the glue on piece for the bottom. Be very careful with registration marks for the inside and outsides as they will have to be perfectly sew together. All seasms for that matter. Make everything a bit tight maybe 1/4 smaller than you normally would when patterning so it has to be stretched on.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: foam prices
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:45:59 PM »
Anyway the glue is a little heavy and the thinner for the K Spray is expensive.  Are there cheaper alternatives to thinning the glue.  e.g.  Lacquer Thinner -  Denatured alcohol  ?  - thanks for the advice
I use K glue for years and have found Cami a bit better. You can thin either one with laq thinner. I've done it for many years with no issues. And yes either one is far better that the spray cans. I do spray at my normal compressor pressure or around 80. We have the glass mason jar sprayers. I think they are K-sprayers. I forget. I bought one of the cheap black sprayers it is crap.

A few years ago, I would not accept COM jobs.  Material not bought here didn't get installed here.

Then, time later, when my suppliers were in flux - said Ok COM you get what you have. 

It has been that way for a good while, but here lately - last couple of years or more, customers want
to get me more involved selecting fabric.  Since I have had changes in suppliers and have many sample

Customers (many) now don't want to even look for COM.

Today, I got 4 pieces (think that is right could be 5) and they didn't give COM a thought.  They won't do
COM and even wanted my input on fabric selection. The selection was made in less than 15 minutes, fabric is on order and I was able to get the job (two pieces stripped down - almost).  I am going to be
good to go when the fabric arrives.

Another job went about the same way - this customer especially demanded my input because she
said I did the job several years back an fabric and job still is holding up - so you know the rest.
Part of the reason there aren't near as many shops left and these customers are jumping on
"getting the job right".  Plus I didn't have to hear all this stuff about "how much".

In the shake out, one customer's husband gave me to auto seat jobs.  He said he had trouble finding
someone who did original auto work.

What these customers said, fewer shops who can get it done and some don't do it at all.

So, maybe what comes around goes around.

So, I encourage all of you to establish good relations with customers today.  The new stuff problems
- the word is getting around on that also!

I finished some real classy nice chrome pedestal work.  This customer wanted to get rid of the
processed leather (bonded) and had me to put the best vinyl on the job.  Very detailed job.

Doing good work that people appreciate sure makes for a nice day! 

You experienced business know what I am saying.


Doyle if I could give this a thumbs up I would. We do know.

General Discussion / Re: Help identifying hardware
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:31:24 PM »
  Post a pic of the frame itself where these ferrell's attach.

General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:27:43 PM »
Yes I agree Kody, If the forum owner and admin doesn't keep up with the times it is all but a lost cause. In today's electronic age it has to be easy to do what you want to do on-line or you go somewhere where it is. I hope this all gets through to the owner and they decide to either make pics, and emojis work or move to another package that works.

General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:27:12 PM »
Those parameters are generally setup as tick boxes in a setup page on the forum software.

I try not to recommend any fabric. I will take time with a customer to help them in their decision process by explaining what I know but won't help "pick out" fabrics. The important points now a days are durability, cleanability, and cost. Durability is Wyzenbeek Test, thank you, cleanability is a nil unless it is water base, and cost is what it is.

  Years ago when furniture was built to last legs were a component of the fram members not a screwed on or added to the bottom of a piece of furniture. One hardwood rail comprised the frame member and the leg. Front and back. When a screw in leg is not tight it is going to fail. Any movement makes the matter worse. Just like a loose joint with a dowel any movement make the dowel make the hole larger as the movement moves. Put on top of all this the customer trying to fix anything and making matters worse because they use super glue or some other concoction that is uncalled for. but I digress.
  As for  the old hide glue failing. It last for like 50 years before it fails and is reusable. But the gluepot stinks so no-one wants to use it anymore.

Nano-Tex is one company becoming widely known for its nano-engineered fabrics that repel stains and control moisture levels in a way unheard of a very short time ago

General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:48:56 PM »
A thumbnail view would actually take up more space. A thumbnail is just a small version of the pic with a link to the full size one so it would be 2 images stored.
I'd like to know from the Admin if this is the reason or if it something else.

General Discussion / Re: Salon chairs
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:58:29 PM »
Its hard to tell that in the pic. If your concerned you would need to glue the center down. But I doubt it will show any wrinkles in the middle with use.

General Discussion / Re: Steamer Trunk Repair
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:30:12 PM »
My mother-in-law's hope chest was left in the basement for years and had water damage to the lower section and the rest was all black, I mean black. It was a waterfall front and I knew what it had looked like it was a very early Lane. I refinished the upper section and the lower vinere, maybe 4" was beyond repair so I made some 1/4" panels shaped to the same shape and upholstered them with a nice tap and fastened them on. It looks beautiful again and my wife has it in our bedroom now. Full of memories. Old stuff is great especially when there is personal memories involved.

General Discussion / Re: Steamer Trunk Repair
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:08:19 PM »
  Why not fasten 3/8" or even 3/4" plywood inside and cover the exterior or just leave the outside alone if your not going to do anything with the rest of the exterior? If your going to redo outsides then recover the bottom. Lauan will do little to help bad wood. 1/4" would at least be better.

General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:04:16 PM »
  I for one would go with a member view only. I like the fact that this tries to be a trades only forum. Not that I have anything against the general public, they do pay the bills. But having a professional only place is nice.
  It should as simple as "post a pic button" and have it show wherever the cursor happens to be.

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