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Messages - Skoda

General Discussion / Re: BEEN GONE TOO LONG
January 22, 2012, 01:24:55 am
I've have gotten really busy with other stuff and have lost touch with the upholstery world. It felt good to check in and see the old crew members are still on board!

The "GREEN" Room! / Re: Chair project
September 12, 2010, 11:54:17 pm
It was a challenge. There was a ton of mock-up with the seat, back rest and armrest angles and dimesions. Bending steel is new to me, and I had never installed Z springs before. So there was a lot of walking in circles because I did not want my efforts to end in a chair that looks good but doesn't sit well. It is comfortable, and just to make it more custom, I made the backrest angle adjustable. By loosening the 4 bolts that attach the seat to the frame, the seat can slide front/back about an inch. This makes the backrest pivot from where it's attached under the armrest.

The "GREEN" Room! / Chair project
September 09, 2010, 08:13:09 pm
This is a chair that I designed and built.
The only aspect that I didn't do myself was the spot welds
General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
February 06, 2010, 11:33:43 pm
QuoteThat Stripbit looks like an accident waiting to happen.  I wouldn't try one on a bet!

Yah, I'd really like to eliminate the occasional scraped knuckle, for a time saving tool that might torque a staple riffled board at my head. Or have to hang on to the drill and do a ninja move to avoid my wrists from collapsing and getting tangled in the drill cord, and then having to call 911 with my toes!

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: 57 chevy interior?
August 02, 2009, 06:59:27 pm
Never heard back about that job. Haven't been doing much in the way of upholstery lately, but do have a set of dinning chairs to do.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: 57 chevy interior?
March 31, 2008, 11:29:54 pm
Thanks Guys, I ran a price by the guy today, and he said he might have to put the project on hold because of tax time.
Anyway, I need to practice welted seams. I shy away from them because when I look at new furniture, there is usually a funk in the symmetry of the welt seam. I can get great lines when working with wood, but upholstrey can be like drawing a wild cougar.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: 57 chevy interior?
March 28, 2008, 03:04:18 pm
It's a 2 door hard top Belair. When I googled 57 chevy seats I saw a few in this style http://www.uship.com/static/59c4c490-df2e-46ef-9.jpg ,which is what he is looking for, but all the 57's on ebay have a different style.
QuoteIf you came on here and said "wow, it took about 75 hours to get it all done," I wouldn't be suprised at all.

Hmm, I think I'd be suprized. At my skill level I better get started, as the car show is in June. I think I'll price it at 75 hrs. at a lowish hourly rate. I'd like to get the job to get my feet wet in auto uph. The guy is a mechanic and I'm sure he knows a lot of car enthusiasts.
He is supplying new panels. The old ones were removed and screwed back on at some point. and he said that route is fine. Russ, thanks for the tip on fitting the panels. I guess they should be pre screwed also.
Quoteinstalling door panel upholstery -  likely it will be smart to stitch that to the panels in couple areas.
Doyle, okay.....where?

Thanks, will post pics if I do the work.

The Business Of Upholstery / 57 chevy interior?
March 27, 2008, 01:24:26 pm
I looked at a job yesterday for seats and door panels on a 57 Chevy. It would be the standard layout with vinyl and pleated fabric insets on the seats and top of the door panels (allthough the original has just vinyl w/o pleating). It looks pretty straight forword, but there are probably tricky aspects that I'm oblivious too.

Anyway, do any of you trimmers have a feel for the time involved for this job? I'm thinking 4 days for someone experienced.
They would remove the old seats and panels and install the new ones.

I followed the thread on tuck and roll, and was a bit lost. For the pleating, I would probably top stitch with 1/2" scrim, fold and back stitch. Or just top stitch if the customer is okay with that.

How do you read (extract their perceived value) customers? If you want to get X amount for a job, and the customer says, "I've got a few other estimates, but they seem a bit high". Do you subtract from X amount? Is the customer using a ploy? What if the customer says, "Can you give me a price soon, I'd realy like it done ASAP" Do you add to X amount? If you're having a Tag (yard, garage) sale, and someone says, "how much do you want for this?". You read them, right. Do they seem like they just found something to complete their priceless collection? Or do they seem just courious and not to interested? Ploy? Are they salesmen? If you give them a price of $20, and they say, in a wishy washy tone, "well.... will you take $15". Or they say, in a positive upbeat tone, conveying that the item is sold!,  "I'll give you $15". Which offer stands a better chance?
Buying/selling....I'ts a tangled web.