Here I sit broken hearted, tried to upholster but only screwed up a good piece of fabric...

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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 12-08-2008 03:33 AM 1102 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Man, if you fellow woodworkers are looking for a challenge, try upholstering. This stuff is HARD!! I got the seat suspension installed, then laid all the other underlayment down, then the foam seat cushion (which I must say, Lee industries does a great job of cutting the material for you, and pre-cutting the notches for the arm support! Man it fit like a glove!!). Then it came time for fabric. Well since I’m a novice, with absolutely NO upholstery experience, and with just the New Yankee DVD, I cut the fabric to the dimensions specified in the plan. It fit the seat alright, but they left out how it attaches to the rear of the seat frame. So I improvised. I hope it doesn’t create a problem with the seat back. And here’s a piece of advice, buy lots of staples!! I’ve emptied the stapler 4 times getting this far. Enjoy!!!




-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 12-08-2008 03:35 AM

i think that its looking good! upholstery is something that i want to try too. looks like quite a challenge!

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 12-08-2008 04:52 AM

looks like it’s working

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-08-2008 05:15 AM

Looks great so far. I would also like to learn to do upholstery. I remember watching my grandfather do it but that was something he never taught me to do. For a first time project, you are doing pretty well. I didn’t seen any obvious mistakes in your photos. Good luck on the back and I look forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#4 posted 12-08-2008 05:16 AM

Looks good to me.

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#5 posted 12-08-2008 05:19 AM

looking great! do you have a web link for the lee-industries kit?

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#6 posted 12-08-2008 05:31 AM

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 12-08-2008 06:11 AM

Lookin good

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 12-08-2008 06:27 AM

Looks like you are getting it figured out to me!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 12-08-2008 04:57 PM

Upholstery is one of those things you look at and say, “How hard could it be?” Of course, after watching a few folks who knew what they were doing, I’ve backed away from trying it for the time being. I admire your courage.

That’s a nice looking chair and from what I see a good upholstery job.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 12-08-2008 08:58 PM

Upholstery is one thing I care not to try to tackle. The biggest reason is I have someone in the family who is quite capable of doing it. The next biggest is I’d hate to ruin a project.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#11 posted 12-11-2008 04:23 AM

In collage I worked for an upholstry shop.
I did tear downs for items proir to reupholster.
I can simpithize that it is not as easy as it looks.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#12 posted 11-15-2010 05:54 AM

Yes it is harder than it looks, if I have it to be done I take it to the upholstery shop and they seem very reasonable. They charged only $25 to replace about a quarter of the drivers seat on the company pickup I drive, it was trashed from keys warn on the belt, turned really good, looks original unless you look very close. Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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