A new dining room set for my wife! #28: Upholstering the seat. Finally!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-28-2011 04:06 PM 3416 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 27: The seat backs. Finally all the woodworking is done! Part 28 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 29: Chairs are complete after 40 days and 40 nights. »

Well, the big day is finally here. Upholstering the seat.

I have to tell you that I have never done this before. I just watched some youtube videos. So I’m no expert.
Therefore I will not go into detail since I may have it wrong.

Here are my supplies. Cotton batting on the right. Some blue foam for the seats. The roll covering material at the back of the table and a roll of cambric to cover up my mess. (I didn’t take a picture of the 1/2” foam for the seat backs). And lastly the seats and seat backs.

Here I’ve stapled and foam to the seat and tore off a piece of batting to size. On the left is the material.

After about a 1/2 an hour fussing with it here is my first one covered. Not quite as even and uniform as I hoped for, but not bad for my first attempt.

The show side. I found out later that massaging it will even out the unevenness.

And then the cambric fabric to cover up my mess.

Here’s how I mount them using the holes I have already drilled into the seat corner blocks. I use 1/4-20 screws.

And finally a fully covered and installed seat! 7 More to go. I hope to get better as I go!

Next I will finish up with the seat backs. Then I will be ready to more on to the table!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

14 comments so far

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Steve Good

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 04:14 PM

Gary, I have enjoyed watching this project a great deal. Thanks for taking the time to do all the posts. It has to be exciting to see things starting to get closer to finished.

-- Steve Good,

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 04:17 PM

just gets better and better gary

real pro work


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 06:07 PM

Great job, I’m sure I would still be futzing around with the first leg.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 06:23 PM

Hi Gary,
Have been following every step. Got to be the most interesting group of posts on this site ever. Will be a long time if it is to be duplicated. The descriptive one word that most describes, is exquisite.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#5 posted 05-28-2011 06:36 PM

Those are great. Nice job on the fabric.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 07:10 PM

Looking great Gary

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 07:16 PM

Gary, those are going to be some beautiful chairs.

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 07:19 PM

Great posting of this project. I was just wondering; has your wife had any part in this project? Has she taken a peek at what is going on? Did she pick out the fabric?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 05-28-2011 07:39 PM

Gary… You are STILL ticking!

A GREAT learning experience…

You might mention where you got your upholstery materials…

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 08:11 PM

Joe Lyddon- I searched all over for the best deals. Don’t know of I found them all though.

Here’s where I got everything:

Covering Fabric $100 with shipping

I wouldn’t recommend them. I bought the fabric and had them hold shipping it until I got back from my vacation.
It was a clearance fabric, so that’s why I ordered early. Well they didn’t put any aside for me and sold it all. They did end up making it right by replacing it with another fabric, but I would say that they don’t know what they are doing.
It took two days to talk to someone who told me what happened.

I also got my plastic gliders from them.

Got these from these sellers on Ebay:

Cambric $12 with shipping

Foam $40 with shipping

Cotton Batting $50 with shipping

Good transactions with all three of them.

The foam was the good firm stuff and not the kind you can squeeze to nothing with no effort. It really surprised me how much they were asking for it in stores and online. I could have spent over $100.

HallTree – The wife has been keeping an eye on me, but hasn’t had any input on the chairs or fabric. Very trusting, huh?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Gary Fixler

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#11 posted 05-29-2011 12:11 AM

In the last pic, I found myself saying “Wow!” out loud. I love the colors of the fabric and chair. I’m really excited to see the backs come together.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#12 posted 05-29-2011 05:46 AM

this has developed into a spectacular set of chairs

i know how time consuming it is to make one chair as i had to make a simpler one at trade school

so your patience to do this exquisite work shows great character and the fact that you documented every step of the way to show us proves it beyond doubt

Thanks for the blog along the way the trip has been worth every second

if your wife doesnt love these (which i will be surprised if she doesnt) im sure you can get a small fortune for them if you sell


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 05-29-2011 05:50 AM

Awesome! But I really wouldn’t expect anything less from you;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 05-30-2011 03:03 PM

Todd says it all.

Great job, Gary.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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