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Ying and Yang -more furniture upholstered

Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 520 days ago 776 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy Refurbers,

I just finished stuffing the cushions to the 2 end pieces of a 5 piece sectional. For the next 10 years or so, the sectional will be separated into 2 groups in 2 rooms. I’ll post the other 3 armless pieces when I get those done.

This furniture has a long history with me. When I was 15 years old, I stuffed the original cushions to this piece in my dad’s small plant (Very small – 10,000 sq feet.) There were 3 corner pieces and 5 armless pieces. Barely enough room for all of us to sit. I don’t know where the last corner and two other armless pieces disappeared to.

There were the first pieces of what he called the Durango style. He started to make this style of furniture as a sofa and loveseat combination. He ended up selling about 1000 pieces of this style. It’s hard to count. Those days were a blur. I actually ended up with a sofa and loveseat that I gave to my mother in law. They are gone now because they were tossed when she passed on.

These pieces were reupholstered 2 other times. Once by me about 25 years ago and once by my mother 12 years ago. Mom has decent knowledge of upholstery but not great so they didn’t turn out quite right. Good enough but not quite there.

My sister, the cat lover, had it for the last few years of it’s previous life. God Bless her but cats….. Lots of cats….. lots of disinfecting the wood with clorox.

Then she tossed the whole thing out into her leaky Houston shed. I brought it home and stacked most of it int the garage. This one piece I left with the fabric intact so I could get an idea. The only problem was – it was all wrong. I had to refigure out the curves and how to make fabric mold to the back after I padded it correctly. Old memories from the day this piece was designed from the ground up came back. After the first sectional part was made 35 years ago, it became a pattern. I had to remember the one time from my childhood.

Anyhow, get a load of this poor thing.

Yes – the wood is sterilized and clean now. Aside from the frame and metal springs – everything went into the trash.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.



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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 520 days ago

A little more info.

The back cushion style is called knife edge. Once again, I stuffed them with $2.50 pillow from Wallmart. I just made the pillows 1/2 again wider and added the stuffing from an entire pillow. I wraped them in a layer of bonded dacron and stuffed them.

The legs were banged up and pretty nasty so I cut some 2.5 X 2.5 X 1.5 squares of oak, routed a rounded edge then counter sunk 2 srews through the oak into the furniture frame. I could have stained the legs but it would take forever until I got them sealed well enough to keep the stain from staining an area rug. I just sanded them and installed them.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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MarkTheFiddler

445 posts in 669 days

posted 520 days ago

By the way – My wife loves the fabric – it’s not for me but my tastes are a little off the deep end.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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BillyJ

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posted 519 days ago

Again Mark, nicely done. You’re very talented in producing some excellent furniture. It looks very comfortable, too. You mentioned that your father made about 1000 of them; do you still have the plans for the missing armless pieces? If so, that could be your next project!

Good posting and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 519 days ago

Howdy Billy,

I have 3 armless pieces. I could knock at a few of them pretty quick. Between my father and me, there is no going back but it’s been that way for a very long time.

Anyhow, I thank you for the compliment sir. 9 pieces left to upholster.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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