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Upholstering 2 Chairs For My Living Room #14: 5 minute time lapse

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 02-09-2014 09:58 PM 815 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Form and Pad the inside back. Part 14 of Upholstering 2 Chairs For My Living Room series Part 15: So this is woodworking??!! »

Howdy, I’ve still got a whole lot more blog to do but I felt like showing you all that it is not as time consuming to upholster furniture as it seems to be——through this blog. ;) I don’t expect that anyone to knock a chair out in a few hours (Unless that’s your job – then you need to do better than me. ;) )

Anyhow, I enjoyed making this for you. It’s the second chair. I still need cover-ups, skirt and cushion. Not finished yet.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 10:02 PM

Nice work a fine looking chair,you did cheat a bit ,growing up in the upholster business :)

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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MarkTheFiddler

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 10:15 PM

Howdy Jim,

Thank you so much sir!

You know – I still don’t like doing upholstery. I was burned out on it by the age of 25. What I do like is being able to save money and get good furniture off front curbs. Still, I’ve to strip every bit of material and padding off. I don’t know where it’s been – yuck.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 12:33 AM

Great upholstery job, Mark. You did a fine job of lining up that directional fabric so the lines line up!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 01:48 AM

Hey brother!

Thank you much.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 02:32 AM

Hey, if you could put them into flipable album, we could flip them as if they were on paper… Like we used to when kids!

Very COOL, Mark…

Very educational!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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lanwater

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 03:59 AM

Great work Mark!

Is that cotton pad I see in picture 4 and 5 on the arms? If so why not foam like the rest?

Thanks!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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MarkTheFiddler

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 04:51 AM

Hey Joe, ought to be cool! Let’s get to flipping.

Lan, great question.

Cotton has a lot of uses. In the good old days, there was rubberized horse hair and cotton. They used cotton on everything. Arms were just a part of it. It is completely legal to pad arms with cotton.

Nowadays, foam has replaced cotton in most furniture manufacturing. It’s fairly convenient and can be precut to size and shape. It looks good initially. However, these arms would have required the use of 1 inch foam. 1 inch foam can compress to 1/4 inch. It just doesn’t hold it’s shape well enough for me. No worries though, it can last a good 15 years.

Cotton can last 30 years. Both will absorb dust and sweat. You might get stinky arms before cotton will loose its shape.

The biggest thing is that cotton is way cheaper. About 4 times cheaper.

Drawback to cotton. It can sag after a while. I usually don’t use it in areas where I have a big vertical surface. The arms had a short vertical surface. The inside backs have a big drop. I chose foam on the backs for that reason.

Still – either will work interchangeably. It’s just hard to build up 2 inches of cotton on the back. I’ve seen a 4 inch build up.

I’m rambling. I hope my answer makes sense.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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lanwater

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 05:38 AM

Perfect sense. Thanks for the extensive answer.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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lightweightladylefty

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#9 posted 02-11-2014 07:02 AM

Mark,

I sure wish I could get all the photos to load before this dial-up times out. What I did see, looks great.

I’ve finally gotten motivated back into the shop so when I get the 33 drawers completed for my cabinet (that’s A LOT of dovetails), maybe my next project will be an upholstery one. And by that time, maybe we’ll actually have high-speed internet available here.

Thanks for all your work in putting this blog together.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 01:58 PM

L/w,

You’re very welcome! I’m not done with the blog. I hope I’m done by the time you’re ready! I’ll try to be there for you.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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