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Reverend Boudreaux was the part time pastor of the local Cajun Baptist Church and Pastor Thibodaux was the minister of the Covenant Church across the road.

They were both standing by the road, pounding a sign into the ground, that read:

‘Da End Is Near Turn YoSelf ‘Roun Afor It Be Too Late!

As a car sped past them, the driver leaned out his window and yelled. You religious nuts!

From the curve they heard screeching tires and a big splash...

Boudreaux turns to Thibodaux and asks, ‘Do ya tink maybe da sign should jussay…

“Bridge Out”

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 07, 2018, 08:17:18 PM »
We keep very close tabs on our overhead and costs. Each product price is calculated with material costs, admin costs, manufacturing costs, shop overhead costs and yes CC costs.

Mojo, my business is very different than yours because ours is all local and yours is nation wide. I can see how you would lose business if you didn't accept credit. We don't and I can't think of a time we have lost a customer because of our policy of cash or check. Extra points for using credit cards is a nice perk, Rose and I use this advantage ourselves but our customers seem to have a "whatever" attitude.

And speaking of gouging, We made an order for thread. Price was too good to be true. They told us a certain color was on back order and would not ship for several months. Rose told them to ship the colors they had in stock and we would reorder later. Several days later the order came as promised. And the next day the back ordered thread arrived. This created double shipping. Which of course turned a great deal into an average deal. Yes I was kinda pissed.

General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: November 07, 2018, 08:31:48 AM »
The chair looks great Steve. The link worked good, was nanosecond fast.

My thoughts are when the economy is doing good everyone enjoys the benefits.

For instance, our favorite furniture store almost went out of business during the great recession. Now they are selling more than ever and sending work our way.

Our favorite refinisher had to let three employees go during the great recession. He didn't have enough work and couldn't afford to keep them on the books. Now he is back up to full speed and looking for help and sending work our way.

Our favorite designer simi-retired during the great recession. The work she sent us dwindled to almost nothing. She is busy again and has hired a collage student who is studying interior design.

All this means more work for us. Customers are spending like there is no tomorrow. And of course they all need it yesterday.

Upholstery shops have not been able to compete with new furniture for a long time. Any upholsterer who tries will have a hard time keeping their doors open. Instead, Rose and I try to attract customers who have furniture with sentimental value. And we try to educate them about furniture that was built before the industry moved to China. Word of mouth always has been and always will be our best advertising.

My focus for the future? Rose will start collecting SS next year. If the economy and my health stays strong we will continue working and saving until I'm 70. That is less than 10 years and I will start SS benefits then.

I pray the new congress does not put a halt to the good things that are happening. I think the worse case scenario will be grid lock and nothing will get done. Either way I think our 2 man shop will continue to stay busy enough to survive.

General Discussion / Re: Posting photos
« on: November 04, 2018, 07:11:08 PM »
um, ha ha, the shop is not all that new.

General Discussion / Re: Posting photos
« on: November 03, 2018, 07:58:29 AM »
They all worked for me. Where is the one with all the pretty girls looking for a husband, asking for a friend.

General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: October 30, 2018, 09:03:59 AM »

When I was at the customer's house - I was too focused in on the wood repair and refinishing.  Not fully thinking like an veteran upholsterer I thought to myself

Yep, been there many times myself. Most times its hard to see what's going on until you take the piece apart. By that time you've already given the estimate. If its a small change we can usually eat the cost but most customers would not be happy with an extra $250 added to the bill.

General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: October 29, 2018, 09:17:37 PM »
This rocker you're working on has a really weird seat design. It looks like maybe the last upholsterer screwed it up or the original design was not crafted with the upholsterer in mind. I think the biggest problem you are facing is there is not enough padding in the seat. Hard to say how to fix it without being there. I'm not sure it can be fixed without changing the design and adding more padding. Of course this will change it from a flat seat often seen in antique furniture, to a crowned seat seen in more modern and more comfortable furniture. It really all depends on what the customer wants.

I'm not sure I would even call this a drop in spring unit but more somebodies bad idea for spring support. The springs aren't even tied with twine but just tied to the cover. I would be half inclined to nix the whole spring system and start from scratch with webbing, six short springs, 8-way tied. And a minimum of 2' padding, either foam or cotton or if you want to stay to the period horse hair. These options will add a crown to the seat so must run it by the customer first.

Just my 2 cents worth, of course take it with a grain of salt.

Looking at your two sets of photos I see two different fabrics. I take it was double covered?

General Discussion / Re: Customer won't pay.
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:46:27 PM »
In order to help I need to clarify,

You say, My terms "have" always been 50% with the order. Does this mean this time you didn't get 50% down?

You say, I know I'm lucky that this is the first one. But its not lucky to get ripped off. And this brings me to my next question,

Have you contacted the furniture store face to face with bill in hand? Time to have a talk with the person who placed the order. (Bring Mugsy and Bruno with you)

About the speculation, most furniture stores pay at the end of the month. What month is a good question. Rose and my policy is payment upon delivery. No exceptions.  Because of this we work for only a few retailers. Some furniture stores jump around from one repair man to another because of their shoddy business practices.

Time to put on your bill collector's hat and get aggressive. One of the worse feelings in the world is working as hard as we do and not getting paid.

General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: October 27, 2018, 08:10:32 PM »
Mojo, like you I find the whole cane weaving process fascinating. I restored a cane wing chair that was done using the spline method with good successes. But to weave the cane using the old fashion hole method is another story. I cannot see learning a new skill to do one job. We have a fellow here in High Springs who is retired and weaves canning to keep busy. We have sent several pieces his way. He does beautiful work.

Here is an antique wheel chair he did. If interested I can get you his number.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Couch Cushion Repair
« on: October 25, 2018, 06:39:01 AM »
I looked up Bautista Furniture online. I found a shop in PA that does upholstery and refinishing. They have a nice website. And they've been in business a while.
I don't know why he would advertise on here, but whatever.

My take on his statement is when we use to advertise that upholstery will not, "burn a hole in your pocket" all we would get were cheap customers looking for a cheap job.

But when we redesigned our website to be more quality conscious and aimed at the higher end consumer we started attracting that type customer. This helped to increased our business and workload. We were able to raise our prices and the tire kickers don't call near as often.

If the fox didn't eat the chicken before you got to the river why worry he will eat it while crossing the river. I'd just take the bridge.

General Discussion / Re: Van Mileage
« on: October 22, 2018, 08:19:00 AM »
15 years ago the auto industry was in a recession. My van was an end of the year model and I was able to pick it up for less than $18K. Looking at delivery vans on line, apparently Ford no longer makes the e-150. Its been replaced with the boxy looking Transit. Stripped down version starts at $32,000 and quickly goes up with added features. I hope to keep my van for another 50K miles or more. I'll drive it until it dies. Maybe the van and I will both retire at the same time.

General Discussion / Re: My Spelling ?
« on: October 21, 2018, 07:42:21 AM »
Nice job Steve. Funny how people think the price should be in relation to the size of the project. I love customers who call and say, I have a small chair... The funny thing is it no longer bothers me when they say, that much?

There may be a simpler method but here is what I came up with

Fill the five gallon bucket. Pour 3 gallons into the 3 gallon bucket. Empty the 3 gallon bucket. This leaves two gallons in the 5 gallon bucket. Mark the two gallon point on the inside of the five gallon bucket. Empty the 2 gallons into the 3 gallon bucket. Fill the 5 gallon bucket to the 2 gallon mark. Pour the 2 gallons from the three gallon bucket into the five gallon bucket to make 4 gallons. 

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