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  • #31
    Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

    That machine looks to be a good one. Practice on some multiple layers of denim and get your tension settings down for the bobbin and the top and you'll be fine. I'm a PM away if you need any help.

    Great Resource for all your Marine Upholstery supplies

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    Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
    Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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    • #32
      Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

      wanted to get your opinion on piping material...I was looking in my shed and came across some screen spline....its 3/8" round rubber, do you think it would make a good piping core? or do you see a problem and i should go with a fiberous material?
      ~Judge David Ackerson~

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      ......Disclaimer: its not all boat, some misc upholstery too
      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=546429

      My Pontoon Seat Build/Upholstery Thread

      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=536567

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      • #33
        Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

        IMHO 3/8 is to big for piping. I did 1/8" on my fishing seats and 1/4" on the Bench. I honestly think the 1/8" looks better but... I truly believe the absolute best choices is 3/16 if you can find it. I used Nylon cord from Walmart. If you can find some kind of 3/16" cording I think it would be the best choice. JMHO.
        1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
        Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
        Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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        • #34
          Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

          OK, I can get the screen spline in 3/16 as well, just like the idea of the rubber instead of fiber in a wet environment, but I will look at the other as well...the cording I saw at wal-mart for doing piping was almost 2 bucks for a 6' piece....seemed expensive considering
          ~Judge David Ackerson~

          My This and That Upholstery Thread
          ......Disclaimer: its not all boat, some misc upholstery too
          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=546429

          My Pontoon Seat Build/Upholstery Thread

          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=536567

          My 1982 Skeeter SS-1 Sport Fisherman Restoration Thread
          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=511063

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          • #35
            Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

            I just use 1/8" Nylon cord. Cheap and does'nt rot. Found it in the hardware dept.
            1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
            Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
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            • #36
              Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

              Wish I found this post BEFORE I started my vinyl redo...your videos were awesome and I have already learned more (which I knew/know very little). I originally opted out of the welting/cording/piping anywhere, but after looking at how the wood panels sit against the fiberglass on my boat, I think/hope it will provide a "bead" like barrier against water getting behind the panels and seat backs. So now I need to sew some with the 3/18"-1/4" cord material and staple then to the back. I like the bead look on the restos...for me I wanted a simpler/cleaner look (IMO).

              Ciao,
              Brett


              9/2013-Current 1996 Chris Craft Concept 18: 5.0FL Volvo Penta SX Outdrive 1.66
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              • #37
                Great videos and how to on this Wood. Now you got me thinking about attempting my seats
                \\Craig

                1982 Sylvan rebuild project
                http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=526064

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                • #38
                  Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

                  Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I'm glad you're finding the thread useful. I've been experiencing life issues and work issues that have prevented me from doing much on the seat. I will say that, for me, the upholstery was not that bad to tackle and I find the more I do the more I enjoy it. I am just having a hard time finding the time to get anything done. Ever since I got over Bronchitis it seems like everything has to be done, NOW!!!! and there's no time for anything else. There are also some videos in my "My Flamingo" Thread that you might find useful. I learned a lot from the videos on Youtube posted by Craig here...
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3FfG..._order&list=UL
                  If you don't have a 1/2" AIR Crown Stapler, go to HF and buy one. You'll see why in part B of the Video.
                  There's a part B so hang with the video even when it appears to be finished.
                  1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
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                  • #39
                    Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

                    I am glad you started a thread for this. I am going to be doing some upholstery work soon, and I will be learning from this.
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                    • #40
                      Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

                      Thanks for the video WOG it answers all my questions

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                      • #41
                        Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

                        "If you don't have a 1/2" AIR Crown Stapler, go to HF and buy one."

                        Not that most of us doing this kind of project dont, but if you dont have a compressor, they do make electric staplers that would work as well! just stay away from the hand cramp staplers!
                        ~Judge David Ackerson~

                        My This and That Upholstery Thread
                        ......Disclaimer: its not all boat, some misc upholstery too
                        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=546429

                        My Pontoon Seat Build/Upholstery Thread

                        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=536567

                        My 1982 Skeeter SS-1 Sport Fisherman Restoration Thread
                        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=511063

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                        • #42
                          Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

                          I have an electric one and it really doesn't cut it very well on upholstery. Just does not have the consistency of driving the staples like the air does.
                          1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                          Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                          Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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                          • #43
                            Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos
                            Well our weatherman was off just a bit. Only got to 40 today. Shop was a tad chilly but I did not fire up the propane heater, I just toughed it out with numb fingers. I got the BenchSeat fabricated and dry assembled. Still need some final adjustments put pretty close. Trying to determine if I need a center brace. I'm thinkin yes but will make that decision once its more complete. The back of the seat will be raised so that it sits about 1" below the top of the base seat. I will be using aluminum angle pieces bolted to the bottom of the frame to lift it up about 1/2" off the deck and then use those to attach the frame to the deck. Here
                            s some pics of my progress today.














                            I also fabricated a pyramid platform for my front seats. I'm going to be making top and bottom plates and a solid 3" x 3" middle core with a 3/4" pvc pipe inserted to accomodate the seat posts. Hard to explain but you will see it when I get it further along. Just in case you're interested. To make a pyramid you cut the bottom and top @ 45 and the sides are angled @ 30 and beveled @ 37.26 Here's a dry fit of how it turned out.



                            Gunna try to get the other Pyramid fabbed and both assembled. Hopefully it'll warm up tomorrow or Sunday and I can get em epoxied and Painted.
                            1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                            Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                            Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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                            • #44
                              Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

                              Lookin Good WOG

                              keep up the great work. Love the pyramids.
                              Chris

                              74 Chrysler Conqueror SIII Superbee 340 Jet (getting Magnum360)
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                              • #45
                                Re: Making a Bench Seat (Frames, Foam & Upholstery) w/Videos

                                I finished both pyramid bases and the rear seat base with the center brace. Looked so good I had to put it in the boat and take a pic. I also had to rip out the seams on the back rest cover and alter the frame. I forgot about the gunwales and the frame/seat was to wide at the top. Had to make a 1 1/2" recess on both sides of the seat about 6" long. When I sewed the cover back together I got some wrinkles on the right side. I'm hoping a heat gun will help me get rid of em cuz I really don't want to have to sew an entirely new cover.

                                1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
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