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General Discussion / Re: Mojo's Friday Funnies
« on: July 01, 2011, 08:27:04 PM »
I like # 14

We did few orders in waverly outdoor fabric Tommy Bahama. Customer came back in 3 months - fabric has faded and has peel fuzz balls in the area where it was seated on.

3 months is totally unacceptable. But don't hold your breath for labor reimbursement. They should replace the fabric. But then your redoing it in the same bad fabric. The sad thing is, if your like me, you probably discount your fabric. If I could charge full retail for the fabric, then when something like this happens, it wouldn't be such a hard hit.
Isn't their any thing about a double rub test on the sample.

The "GREEN" Room! / Re: Impressive woodworking
« on: July 01, 2011, 08:21:47 AM »
Great tips. I'll give em a try. Thanks

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Charge for travel?
« on: June 25, 2011, 12:22:28 PM »
You guys are right. Kody, I'm just starting out and business is not as brisk as I'd like it to be. It seems that only very recently, though, people are balking at my quotes for boat covers. And trust me, I don't really charge much, being the new kid in town. Maybe this is just a weird week, as I'm not doing anything differently than I was doing before. Must be the economy?

 As a business owner, one of the hardest things to do is not to panic when times get slow. Bad decisions are made when you worry about what can go wrong.

It took me a long time to figure this out. The first thing I wanted to do when I saw a lull in my work load was to drop my prices, hoping I'd pick up 2 or 3 jobs to get me through. I'd give out many estimates with only 1 or 2 bites. When business picked back up again, and my prices were back to normal here comes all those low priced estimates. Now I'm passing on all the good jobs because I have to honor the estimates I gave when I was slow. And the whole thing turns into one big circle. One might say when you drop your prices, make the estimates for a limited time. Only problem is the customer forgets that last part, making it confusing and losing their confidence.

I'd rather look at slow times as an opportunity to do things like upgrade my web site, go out and meet designers, or get some things done in the shop to make my work more productive.

This is just the way I run my business.

Be assured Jojo you will get busy again.

General Discussion / Re: Job Hunting
« on: June 25, 2011, 08:28:05 AM »
Couldn't resist posting this one. Look at all the opportunities Hickory Chair is offering.
I worked for this company back in the 80's. Good, good company to work for. Great benefits.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Charge for travel?
« on: June 24, 2011, 12:31:06 PM »
I do a lot of business in Gainesville, about an hour away. I try to schedule all my P/U's and deliveries on the same day. Sometimes this calls for 10 stops. I split the cost between the customers. Like Mojo just add it to the labor. If a customer or decorator has a rush job and can't wait for my next trip they bear the brunt of the trip fee.

Jojo you have to decide how bad you want this job. If you need the work you can be a little more generous, if your busy and don't care if you get the job, then your price seems fair to me.

The "GREEN" Room! / Re: Impressive woodworking
« on: June 24, 2011, 08:41:37 AM »
Good point Mike. It would be more work but the end result would be a stronger joint and no visible cut line.

Question for you. I have a small, 60 year old pedestal table with three legs on the bottom. The pedestal is fairly delicate and at one point in its life a leg was broken off. Someone did a really bad repair job, its uneven and they used two screws to hold it together while the glue dried. My question is how do you soften the glue enough to take it apart without destroying the leg? I want to repair the old leg as I'm not sure I have the skills to make a new leg.

General Discussion / Re: Mobile Workshop
« on: June 23, 2011, 09:43:27 PM »
If you live near a very large city with many furniture stores it seems one could make a good living doing repairs. A mobile unit would be very convenient to the store owner you could do repairs at the customers house or in the store warehouse. Good luck and keep us informed.

Wow! Now all I have to do is sit back and watch the robot do all the work. Life just keeps getting better all the time.

General Discussion / Re: 1969 Porsche 912 Seats
« on: June 22, 2011, 10:04:26 PM »
I don't do car seats but my guess would be either new springs or more padding. I'm sure someone on this site will tell you the right way.

General Discussion / Re: chesterfield And horsehair
« on: June 22, 2011, 09:53:08 PM »
When I worked in manufacturing in NC the interior frames were made of poplar. This wood  is fast growing, cheep, and plentiful in the North Carolina mountains. The manufacturers use it on the insides and a superior wood on exteriors (usually oak, cherry or mahogany). This way they could claim their product had solid hardwood frames. Only problem is poplar is brittle, full of flaws, and in my opinion not much better than pine. It's bad for warping, twisting and cupping. Poplar is also very inconsistent. You can put two pieces side by side and one will be hard as a rock and the other very soft (as far as wood goes). But it's cheep, what ever it takes to keep the price of furniture down.

General Discussion / Re: chesterfield And horsehair
« on: June 22, 2011, 12:55:38 PM »
Not to be a smart ass or anything but I goggled "horse hair" and here's what came up
the weird thing is the top one looks like my neighbors horse.

The "GREEN" Room! / Re: Boat project, first time upholstering
« on: June 22, 2011, 12:24:11 PM »
any suggestions for where is the best place to purchase upholstery tools..

Go to the top of the page and hit suppliers. Also most retail upholstery shops will sell most of the tools you need. But what you really need is to find a local wholesale supplier. Not only for tools but supplies too. If we knew where you were some of the kind folks on this site might point you in the right direction.

General Discussion / Re: Customers anoy me
« on: June 22, 2011, 08:17:46 AM »
Maybe its different for you boat guys. When I deliver a piece of furniture I get paid. Very rarely do I have to wait.

General Discussion / Re: chesterfield And horsehair
« on: June 22, 2011, 08:08:46 AM »
Hey all,
This is not exactly the purpose of this forum, so I do apologise to those purists who just wanna talk about technique, but I would be grateful if you guys could give me some tips about buying the right stuff (after all, educating clients is a big part of maintaining higher quality standards in the industry)
With many thanks in advance,

We love to help people on this forum. No matter if its cars, boats, Rv's', or how to raise your children.

Not familiar with the Chesterfield brand. Maybe some of our UK friends will be more help.  But their web site looks awesome.

I'm no expert in horse hair but I can say I've reupholstered pieces of furniture with it in and it holds up very well, better than polyurethane foam. Not to say theirs anything wrong with foam. The problem is most manufacturers are using some really cheep stuff in their cushions. And there is no way for the consumer to tell if the sofa their buying has the cheep stuff or some good high density foam in it.
Like Mike said the sales people at the stores are usually clueless.

If you want more info on horse hair go to the top of the page and hit "search"

If you need an idea what a shop that builds furniture "one piece at a time" can do check out mikes web site

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