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Old 03-20-2019, 06:46 PM   #16
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Yes, if your going to start to reupholster start with fabric.
Leather is tough to sew, we have a professional machine (Singer)
from the 1930ís it can go through 4 layers of leather with a diamond
Sharp needle...I also have a brothers machine, thatís the one I use.
The head knot uses the Singer...
I think I posted the wing chair that we did in real Mercedes( car seat ) leather that we
scored from our fabric supplier, we bought 2 skins. It a lovely cream color.

We enjoy reupholstering.
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Yes, if your going to start to reupholster start with fabric.
Leather is tough to sew, we have a professional machine (Singer)
from the 1930ís it can go through 4 layers of leather with a diamond
Sharp needle...I also have a brothers machine, thatís the one I use.
The head knot uses the Singer...
I think I posted the wing chair that we did in real Mercedes( car seat ) leather that we
scored from our fabric supplier, we bought 2 skins. It a lovely cream color.

We enjoy reupholstering.
Leather would to expensive to learn on I have used industrial machines before but that was all straight lines, I've done the upholstery before when some one else was doing the sewing.
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Wow, some amazing stories in this thread. I reuse a lot of lumber. Scraps really. Some I've had for 20 years, but, I will one day find a use for them. Now, you can go to far with it. A gentleman down the street from me was quite the penny pincher. When he died, his widow asked me to clean out the spouting and fix an area that was leaking. The leak came from an old soup can he used to make a repair to a round downspout. Those things rust quickly so his fix, in that case, was not such a good penny pinching fix after all.
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Hereís another leather chair we did with the Mercedes Benz car upholstery leather.
This was a very thick leather. We bought two large skins.
I took pics of this project step by step as well as the tufted footstool.

This chair belonged to my Dad and I rescued it from my sisters garage.
It had a seat cushion. I convinced my guy to do a stationary seat, ( no sewing)
so, that involved lots of seat padding...again, we recycled The padding
from the old leather couch.

This entire chair was NO machine sewing. It was done with staples.
The nailheads cover the staples. I wasnít sure of the size that I wanted
the footstool to be. The head guy said, I better be sure cause I only have
one shot at it...heís not making two footstools.

We upholstered this chair approximately ten years ago. This is a recent
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Versatility. It isn't something I deliberately work at. It's more of a way of living. We just learned from the beginning that with limited resources, you make due with what you have. And sometimes you can take what you have to make the things you need.
I remember as a child, I once took a ball bat and whittled down the end of it to fit a double edge axe blade. It didn't work very good but since I didn't have a hatchet, it served a purpose on camping trips. We naturally called it the "bax". A few years later I recall the Steve Miller Band singing "no ones knows exactly what the bax is".


Sorry, just a little reminiscing there.


Today, I have two car garage with a loft filled with items waiting for their rebirth. Everything from hot air furnaces with ductwork, to lumber, to used vanities and tops. Several hundreds of feet of electrical cable, ductile iron pipe and conduit. Gutter troughs, down spouts, and carpet remnants.
More stuff than I care to admit! The wife asks me when I going to clean it out, and I reply "I did and this is what's left"!


PS - I remember my father making picnic tables to sell back in the 60's. He cut the end of a screw driver off and chucked it in his 3/8 Black and Decker drill and then used it for driving the long wood screws. Just a little thing to make your life a little easier.
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I can remember cutting handles off screwdrivers. Round shank if we were going to use it in a chest drill, preferably square shank if it was going in a 2 jaw brace.

A lot of electric drills from the 50s were pretty anemic for driving longer and/or thicker screws, particularly in hardwoods.
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I still have a little Ball Peen hammer, that I broke the wooden handle from as a kid, and a 3/8 ratchet that I broke the gears out of also, they now are married as a welded together steel handled Ball Peen.

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I found an interesting use for a couple old things I had - a gocart my grandfather built me when I was probably about 8-10, and a hope chest that was my mom's - her and her mom re-finished it together at some point. I didn't have the heart to toss in the trash, but I knew I would never use either, and nobody I know would either.
Found a guy local that had as a hobby an 'old town' in his back yard that he liked to add old western-times things to if they fit in.
He took both and said they fit right in.
He sent a picture, but I can't find it at the moment.
But the pics below are when they were still with me.

And while I guess this isn't really considered re-using, I still use an old Delta table saw that was my grandfather's maybe 60 years ago. Just replaced a belt on it, and it still works great. I'm probably also looking to get a modern day fence to put onto it.
And I have this old rocking chair from one of my grandmothers. Wood and underside setup all still looks great. So I'll be re-doing the cushions at some point.

I have a few mantle clocks and a couple guns passed down through multiple generations that still work great as well. I'm working on cleaning up a bit.

But for a lot of things that I'm getting rid of, I'm not finding a way to re-use them for me. So I put it by the curb on trash day and it's always gone before the trash truck comes. So, somebody is making use of it in some way.

Does re-using my food scraps and pulp after juicing to feed my worm bin count? :-)
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When I was disassembling an old couch in the process of getting rid of it, we found some the foam padding was still in good shape. My wife used them to make some throw pillows.

I was able to salvage a good number of t-nuts with bolts as well.
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Oh yes. Like someone mentioned above, I hate throwing out stuff that I think can still be used in some way, like clothes that are torn and can't be donated (turned into dish rags) or paper that doesn't have any sensitive information on it. I am thinking of repurposing an old refrigerator into a cabinet - just need time, little help and design tips from the rest of the household. Told them the idea and they were excited.
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I am thinking of repurposing an old refrigerator into a cabinet - just need time, little help and design tips from the rest of the household.

I made a paint cabinet for my heated garage/body shop from an old refrigerator. It didn't take much imagination to see the potential of a steel box with adjustable shelves as a storage cabinet, but I decided to take advantage of the fact that it was insulated. I picked up a cheap thermal switch that turns on and off at 45 degrees and used it to control a small battery warmer (designed to keep your car battery warm in winter weather). With that in the bottom of the cabinet, I can put all my paint supplies in the refrigerator and turn off the garage heat when I'm not planning to work out there for a few days in the dead of winter here in Wisconsin.
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