I took a leather sewing class to learn how to make the Morris chair cushions. -----The seat cushion and the ottoman cushion require web frames. Here I am milling the half-lap frame components for the web frames. -----Web frame assemblies are glued together. The seat frame should be sized 1/4” smaller in all directions than the opening in your chair, to allow room for the leather and two layers of batting.-----Corner blocks are added to the large seat cushion for additional strength. ...
Howdy, It’s time for a little catch-up. I added a blog about padding the inside back. It’s time to put some fabric on it. In fact, you can just toss that fabric on the back and count that step as done! You’ll notice that I sewed a scrap onto the bottom of it. That little extra won’t be seen and it will give me something to grab a hold of. You may as well mark the center of your back on the topside of the outside back. Will you’re at it, mark center a...
Take a look at what the manufacturers allowed to pass!? I get it. It’s not woodworking – but really – I could move that board back and forth with ease. If I stretched any fabric across it, it would pull that poor construction to the center. So my problem was this. How do I fix that problem without taking the whole dang chair apart? Well I pulled out the staples then removed that bit of problem wood. I chiseled out one end then got out my cheap jigsaw. I had to take ...
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. ...
Howdy, A lot of the techniques for shaping this inside back have already been discussed at length in the inside arm Blog. I’m going to skim over a few details until I get to something different. I’ve got some loose synthetic burlap on the back of the chair. It’s happens to be the only ‘material’ I kept. I removed the staple holding the top half. I cut myself some 2”ish inch wide by 2” inch thick foam strips. I just stapled them securel...
Howdy, The chair arms have been formed into a nice rolled shape and they are ready to accept padding. This will be fun and it’s easier than you may be thinking. It is certainly less exacting than most would expect. Lets get started. There are 3 major products you can use to pad the arms of a chair. Foam, Cotton or Dacron Polyester. Foam, 1 to 2 inches thick usually. It Gives a nice uniform shape. but it can be compressed to nothing. When Foam begins to deteriorate, it turns to...
Let’s upholster the arms in three stages. This stage, shaping the arms, is most often skipped or ignored especially in these days of Quick Buck furniture. There is no need for that especially if you want your chair to look really good. On top of that – it’s Easy!!! On top of that – Spend time on the foundation and the rest will be easier. That’s “Two On Top of that’s.” You can’t loose! Take a look at the bare shape of these arm...
Howdy – it’s been a few days and I thank you all for the kind comments. Some of you doubt that you can upholster anything on the first try. I understand the sentiment. I’ve got to say that my father went into furniture manufacturing after he upholstered his first piece of furniture. It wasn’t just Old couch to 20 employees. But you can see the progression starting. He did a great job on his first couch and he said – I think I can do this. I’ve got to say...
Finally!!! We get to do some upholstery!!! 45% preparation – 45% finishing 10% upholstery. You will need cotton which can be bought at an upholster supply company for about $30. Mine is 30 inches wide which is just right for upholstery. I walked over to my roll and literally tore off about a 25 inch length. I’m going to say my magic words again. This isn’t wood working. You measure precisely and cut with scissors. There is no benefit except for saving a few inches o...
Man oh man – there are tons of ways that the seat of a piece of furniture can be prepared. I just don’t have time to go into all of them. If you have questions about yours, feel free to ask. I’ll give some pretty decent details about mine though. I’ll say something else before we go too far because we are a woodworking community, They don’t make em like they used to. However, this frame is pretty good for having been constructed in the last 10 years or so. ...
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