I know the steam or hot towels works well on vinyl but never had much luck with trying it on leather. I have used the heat gun to soften and make the leather more pliable but only really liked the steam for doing the foam and getting it back to normal.
I finally had my fill of hissing and the compressor going off way more than it needed to so I replaced all my quick release fittings male and female with new ones. It was less than a hundred bucks and now all I hear is the constant ringing in my ears and no more hissing which is alot better.
If you are worried about the ply grip try using heavy cardboard/posterboard and make a pattern of the top then just staple the pipe and fabric to it and then nail it on and finish the sides. I usually make the pattern so I have around 2-3 inches of board to nail to so it sits nice and tight. We have used curve ease lots and its good but it seems to have changed like everything else it does not have the strength it used to.
After a year and a half of famine the feast has arrived with a vengeance. I am over booked until Christmas and quite happy! We will be working some weekends to get it done but we have a lounge for a cruise ship that needs to be in the can in three weeks so its a gonna be crazy. I like crazy every once in awhile !
I have done a few of them but man its a pain in the butt. I should say that I`m a LZB tech and they have been my specialty for almost 30 years so I do know my way around them but switching the handle is a chore. The last person that asked me to do one got refused because they are so time consuming you just can`t charge enough in my humble opinion. The one trick that I have used when pulling a drive shaft is to mark the pins and drive shaft with a sharpie so you get the drive shaft back in with the proper rotation. 1/4 of a turn in the wrong direction will lead to hours of head scratching. Take pictures print them out and put them beside your chair. Oh and good luck!
What ever needs to get done around here gets done when I have the energy. Did most everything a few years ago so its just maintenance now and we go camping at least twice a month in camping season so that really tightens up the repair window. I sure do not have the energy i used to even mowing the lawn twice a week is a challenge some times.
Sorry for not posting sooner but they are still adding up the final figures as there is a few donations still trickling in. I actually did two chairs for the auction, the Ribbon of hope chair and one chair that came in with the wrong fabric on it. The one I reupholstered sold for an auction high of 2600 dollars and my Ribbon of Hope chair sold for 800. The semi final number is $42000.00 raised and it will climb a bit but not much more. It was an awsome evening with 200 high rollers, my wife and myself drinking wine and spending money and meeting old friends and new ones. Thanks for your interest in this it was a lot of fun and very rewarding for the sole.
I wish I could tell you one way or the other what I am experiencing with pricing but I can`t. I don`t deal with either of them anymore and I`m happy with the new supplier who is perhaps sharpening the pencil. Have a look at these cores that came out of a new sofa, maybe this is how the prices are staying the same for the manufacturers.
These were six inch seat cores, I guess theres no more scraps in the shop after making these!
Thanks from both of you! We are calling it the Ribbon of Hope chair for obvious reasons. It came about in an unusual way and the story can be told later but I have dedicated it to a dear friend who worked for me and succumbed to that horrific disease. My chair is going to be the last auction of the night and there is alot of people wanting it so should be good, I`ll keep you posted
We are having a big auction here in town for this campaign and I built this chair to be auctioned off. The event is being held at a local furniture store (Luxe Home Interiors) this coming Friday night. Its one of the biggest fundraisers in town and 10 designers have each contributed a chair as well, all for auction and we are hoping to raise over $25000.00. This chair began its life as a lowly dining room chair but I fixed that.
It may be he wants to help. he may want o get back in the business or he may be looking to get your customer list and get back in the business. Watch out for any information about costs and your amounts invoiced or any money info however small it seems. I just spent the last ten years getting rid of a partner and now have the debt to prove it. Be very careful here, very careful. Get your spidey senses on full alert.