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General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:34:40 AM »
Steve, Ladd Furniture Inc use to be a big conglomerate made up of a many of furniture brands. In the 80"s the furniture industry was going crazy. The industry was booming and big corporations were buying up as many companies as they could afford. Ladd Furniture was one. They are not as big now as they were then.

When we opened our first shop in Hickory NC we would sometimes get their mail. And sometimes when we placed a supply order they would ask if it should be billed to Ladd Furniture Inc.

Ladd is my Grandmother's madden name. Her fathers name was Edwin Ladd. Edwin Ladd is also my first and middle name. The Ladd's from my heritage are from New York and Michigan. I know of no close relations to the Ladd Furniture Company but you never know. A google serch turns up another Ladd Upholstery in Ladd Indiana.

Mr 65, we paid around $1100 for six pieces of latex. 26" X 30". On top of that we will add some for cutting to size and for wrapping them with cotton and for the time it took to order them. These are expensive cushions. At one point we had the customer talked into HR foam with no flame retardants added. She opted for the latex. I stuffed them into the muslin liners yesterday and they feel fantastic.

General Discussion / Re: Friday Funny
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:19:51 AM »
> Yep, none of us could get the jar open

I bought some fabric from a store online and they included in the package a round rubber pad that is used to open jars. It had their company name and info printed on it. I wonder if they new I was old and might someday be asked by a doctor for a sperm sample?


Your next order will be supplied with a jar.

General Discussion / Re: Friday Funny
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:17:08 AM »
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General Discussion / Re: Slippery fingers
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:58:12 PM »
I have noticed some fabrics have an oily slippery feeling, especially some chenille's. And especially when pulling it through the frame or pulling it up and over the top of the frame. Anywhere you need a firm grip. I always thought it was my imagination or maybe I was getting old and weak.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:43:18 PM »
One manufacture I work for used a long jawed pneumatic stapler to attach the seat front to the spring cover. In all the years I've been recovering furniture I have never seen this method. It was rather odd.

We started the two matching sofas this week. We received the latex for the cushions. I was a bit disappointed they pieced (glued) some together. We could send it back but are too far into it to stop production now. I think it will be all right.

We also ordered 1" latex for the inside backs. I used a layer of cotton under the foam and two layers of cotton on top of the foam. It feels pretty good.

General Discussion / Re: Are you happy with your shop?
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:26:42 AM »
You dug this post deep out of the archives.

It interesting to see where I was in 2013 and where I am now. I sold the house and shop 2 years ago. And I no longer work for someone else. I bought a house closer to town and worked out of a very small garage for 2 years. No heat, no air. We bought the lot next door and built a larger custom detached garage. We moved in last January and I am now as happy as a pig in mud.

You gotta figure, I spend 8 to 10 hours a day in that garage. It needs to be comfortable. Even Rose is surprisingly thrilled about the outcome.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Shop Rate
« on: April 11, 2018, 08:41:42 PM »
That is a million dollar question.

I tend to set my goal toward a weekly income. That way if I have a bad day full of interruptions I can work overtime to make up for it. And if at the end of the week I haven't made my quota I work Saturday and sometimes Sunday to make up for it. I have a set income I'd like to make each year. I don't always make it but usually come pretty close.

To answer your question. I could tell you my shop rate here in north central Florida but that would do you no good if you are in LA California. The price comparisons are much different. 

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Furniture Upholstery Supplies - Cost?
« on: April 11, 2018, 08:26:52 PM »
Every year I ask myself how much cheaper can they make it? Every year they find a way.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Non-compete Agreement
« on: April 11, 2018, 08:07:15 PM »
I have been doing upholstery quite a while. I am giving him a few years to train a replacement. But i want to do more custom cars and currently doing mostly furniture. I can make a lot of money where I am doing it by myself. Though he pays me very very well.

 So why does he feel the need for the non-compete agreement? Sounds like you are doing him a favor. A big favor. A few years is a long time.

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: April 11, 2018, 07:54:11 PM »
This is a great job to get your feet wet with leather. And to get a designer job under your belt.

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:08:25 PM »
The first thing I would do is work up the estimate. A lot of people back out once they see how much leather adds to the price. How many seats are there. Will 1/2 hide work?

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Non-compete Agreement
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:33:17 AM »
But are you talking about an NCA that would prohibit you from working on jobs at home in your spare time?                                     

In my case the contract was so vague it could have meant anything.

If it had been more specific, for instance, I could not open a bus conversion company in the same industrial complex I would have gladly signed it. It pretty much said I could not preform the same tasks for another company or for myself within a 150 mile radius.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Non-compete Agreement
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:33:22 AM »
Two years ago I worked for a company who did custom bus renovations. After working there 3 weeks they took everybody into the conference room and presented a 10 page disclosure contract. It had things in it like if my vehicle gets ruined while in their parking lot from neglect on their part I could not sue them.

It also had a non-compete agreement that I refused to sign. The wording was way to vague and I wrote a little note saying so. I wrote, I have been an upholsterer most of my life, long before I started working here. I will run my business and  upholster in the privacy of my own shop while employed here. And will continue to upholster after I leave your employment. I then wrote, I do not intend to get into the bus conversion business but if a customer hires me to upholsterer the seats in their coach I will take the job.

When I handed it to my supervisor I expected a conflict but he just shrugged and said fine.

My thoughts about a non-compete agreement is they are for upper management or a CEO of a corporation. The guys making the big bucks. If a shop owner feels he needs to have all his employees sign a non-compete disclosure so he will never have the competition it sounds like he may be a bit insecure.

One last thought, and I do not know your situation. If this shop owner is taking you under his wing and teaching you a new trade you should feel obligated to hang around a while so he can recoup his expense of training you. Maybe in this case a non-compete agreement is in order. Another thought is if this shop owner is helping you and your family move to a new location you may feel obligated to sign the agreement.

I'm not sure what you mean by plastic. I have heard of a plastic snap together button that you can cover with your choice of fabric. I've never used one and always wondered how they hold up.

Plastic sounds like the logical choice for outdoor furniture. We even had a supplier send us some plastic buttons in different colors for a job we were bidding. We never followed up.

I've always been happy with the metal tops that crimp on to the metal bottoms.

A while back I ordered a box of plastic bottoms (eyes, but its really more like a snap) and they work good. Sometimes I use them with the metal tops.


General Discussion / Re: Just Some Fun Stuff
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:54:10 PM »
Personally I would love to do a Milo Baughman for my own house. Totally worth it.

Speaking of personally, for me it would be a wing chair with an ottoman. And wouldn't you know it, looking around and not a single wing chair in the house. Guess you know who does the decorating around here.

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