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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Exit Strategy
« on: May 18, 2018, 08:51:05 AM »
I have a feeling you have put more thought into retirement than you give yourself credit for.

I read this artical last week and its kinda scary.

The vast majority of Americans have under $1,000 saved and half of all Americans have nothing at all put away for retirement.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/13/heres-how-many-americans-have-nothing-at-all-saved-for-retirement.html

I have met a lot of people who retired early only to realize later they haden't saved enough money. I think retirement is over rated. My father went into a deep depression and started drinking heavily when he retired at 65.

Rose and I have been putting money away since we were in our 20's. Now that we are in our 60's retirement is even a bigger concern.

I cannot predict the day I will completely give up the trade but I can see a time, about 10 years, where I will slow down and do more things I enjoy. Gardening, fishing and traveling.

We are already turning away work that is not as profitable as others. We moved closer to our customers and spend less time making pick-ups and deliveries. And we now have more customers bringing their pieces to us.

Rose's dream is to retire in St Augustine. Last March we bought a single wide mobile home just outside the St Augustine city limits. It sits on 1/2 acre just one lot over from Moultrie Creak (a kayakable and fishable creak). And its only 15 mins to the beach. The mobile home, built in 1972, has little value but the lot is big enough to build a house someday.

Mojo, you say you need an exit strategy but you don't seem like the kind of guy that would be happy if you didn't have your hands into something. The fellow I worked for in Gainesville is almost 80 years old and still goes to work every day. He says he will never retire.

I have no planes to groom someone to take over the business. When we finally do retire that will be it for Ladd Upholstery.


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The arms bolted to the finished upholstery would me my first guess. But the question is how do you get inside the frame to tighten the bolt. I don't think its possible. This leads me to believe the arm is glued on using a dowel. Now the question is why would they build a chair this way? It makes it difficult to reupholster it. Unless someone has a better idea all you can do is take it apart and see how it is done. If its bolted on, good. If its glued on you will have to very carefully cut it off. I think a scroll saw would work. Then drill out the dowel and add a new one to reattach it.

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General Discussion / Re: Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:41:37 AM »
Its linen and your question got me thinking, what is linen? So I looked it up.

Linen is known to be the world’s strongest natural fiber and while cotton is from the cotton plant linen is from the flax plant both are natural plant fibers (cellulose) but there are many differences between them.

http://www.brahmsmount.com/blog/cotton-vs-linen-whats-the-difference/

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General Discussion / How did Walt Disney make it?
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:27:14 AM »
I thought this Video of Disney's career was interesting. https://www.prageru.com/videos/walt-disney-american-dreamer

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General Discussion / Re: OMG I need Help
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:52:31 PM »
Congratulations on retirement Virginia. Please don't be a stranger on the forum.

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General Discussion / Re: Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 16, 2018, 04:51:46 PM »
Wow! on that tufted medallion. And to think that was the back of the chair.
gene

The tufted medallion was on the front of the inside back.

Here is the finished chair. The first picture is the arm with the finished wood exposed.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/9Et3VWTL3zyJTrQb8

This is the completed chair.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/N1MvU55sI2bd67z52

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General Discussion / Re: Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 16, 2018, 04:48:14 PM »
I left the back in place and added a layer of 1/2 inch foam and a layer of dacron. I didn't take it apart far enough to see if it was sewn together. I could stick my finger into the groove about 1/2 inch but I'm guessing beyond that it must have been sewn. I can't imagine it could be done any other way.

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General Discussion / Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:24:57 PM »
Started this (Eastlake?) chair yesterday.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/hx5NlLYckRXtfeHq2

It always erks me when a so called upholsterer gets sloppy with the finished wood. On this arm they completely covered the finished wood for apparently no reason.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/dRQp91HQ547CCVE72

I'll upholster it with the wood exposed. This shows the third layer of fabric on this arm.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/pL5GrgT59aQrXtHx1

The outside back was also completely covered from top to bottom and side to side. When I got the cover off I found the remnant of the original back. Even the gimp was still in place and much more wood was exposed. When I saw all those holes I thought, what the heck???
https://photos.app.goo.gl/68dQalDlEb8GCBuw1

Here is the cool thing and I have never seen this type of tufting before. After taking off two layers of fabric from the inside back I found this original cover.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/3zvL0KRCoZMz1EMy2

Another cool thing, the outside buttons were made of solid brass. the inside buttons were covered in the purple fabric. The sad thing is the customer is pinching pennies. So I will be covering over the tufting. Hopefully someday someone will recover it the right way. I'll post the finished pics tomorrow.

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General Discussion / Re: Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 15, 2018, 08:11:22 PM »
Haven't a clue, they dropped it off and will pick it up. She said she was shopping for fabric with a friend. Her friend saw this fabric and said I am buying it for you. Allrighty then...

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General Discussion / Re: Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 15, 2018, 04:54:13 PM »
Here is the finished wing chair. I striped it to the frame and tossed most of the padding. The customer picked an interesting fabric.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/83domDRiApMdKwvl2

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General Discussion / Re: Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:20:48 PM »
Does it work now? I tried to take a short cut, bad idea.

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General Discussion / Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:56:22 PM »
This is one of those chairs that I wished I knew what I was getting into before I started.

The thing was a disgusting mess when the customer brought it to us. Normally you would take a chair like this to the dump but it was her mothers and she wanted it reupholstered.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/47zPDmWJmHydUOvy2

Its one of those chairs that as your taking it apart you are finding unidentified gooey stains. Even the construction is very odd. They constructed this elaborate joinery to hold the back legs in place. Notice the big knot hole in the side rail, jeez couldn't they find a better piece of wood.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/VKHmRPX261Nk4aSu2

Unfortunately they failed to add corner blocks and the back rail, the one the springs are attached to failed. The fabric was holding it in place and I didn't notice it was broken when I gave the estimate. Rose called and told her it would be a little more.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/plml9CgaU3gqeTG52

In order to fix it I had to remove the springs. I replaced one dowel and added corner blocks. And used plenty of glue.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/7KKHGmOSEzDexvfp2

I'll post a picture of the finished chair tomorrow. Wait until you see the fabric.

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General Discussion / Re: The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 12, 2018, 11:19:30 AM »
For the most part younger people do not have furniture reupholstered. I think a big part of that is they simply cannot afford to spend $1500 to recover a sofa. There are many other priorities that have to come first like raising a family or buying a new car.

To me it is always surprising when someone under 30 gives us the go ahead on a job. It doesn't happen often but we just finished a big job for two sisters. Both I would guess are under 30. Together they upholstered 3 sofas and a love seat. They inherited it all from their grandmother and I'm guessing some money too.

Mostly I hear it from the grandparents who tell us their grandchildren don't want that "old stuff". Hopefully their tastes will change as they mature.

As far as running out of antiques and I like to include vintage and mid-century into this group. When I go to antique stores there doesn't seem to be a shortage. Most of what I recover is 40 years or older.

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General Discussion / The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:09:29 PM »
Do you believe people derive more satisfaction from being an intricate part of the process of having a piece of furniture recovered rather than buying a piece at a furniture store.

https://search.google.com/local/posts?q=Ladd+Upholstery+Designs&ludocid=13017239816277656305&lpsid=4839578296395298502

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General Discussion / Re: Moray Fabric
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:59:21 PM »
Ha! Got it. Next time I go fishing in the trout streams of Georgia I'll be thinking of you and your joke, Gene. Yes really. No not really.

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