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Upholstery for Woodworkers Resources #1: Leather Upholstery

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 09-13-2021 10:26 PM 937 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I see a lot of great woodworkers struggle when it comes time to add upholstery to their chair and furniture projects. Here’s a video on how to upholster a round stool in leather. It would apply to anyone building a round stool with upholstered seat. Also included are some videos on how to upholster a classic arts and crafts style rocking chair, but the techniques also apply perfectly to a Morris chair.

Leather Stool Upholstery Video… https://youtu.be/75CKPwObg2U

Upholster a Leather Rocking Chair / Morris Chair Video… https://youtu.be/yusagzomN3w

Morris Chair Leather Backrest Cushion Video… https://youtu.be/L-fX1mSO-dY

Leather Ottoman Video… https://youtu.be/gXG9wO9RBuY

Feel free to add upholstery resources you find useful!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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#1 posted 09-14-2021 02:50 PM

thanks pinto good video’s. but sinse i dont have a heavy diuy sewing machine the first 3 video’s wont help me much but the last one is something anyone can do and will help the next time i need a cushion like that.for anything sewn im going to a pro.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 09-14-2021 03:11 PM

Thanks.
The leather ottoman project actually doesn’t require a sewing machine at all.
And for the projects that do require a walking foot, maybe people have a friend or relative that will let them use the machine.

Even for those who will hire a pro, it’s helpful to know what you want, and be able to speak the lingo with an upholsterer.

Even pros can do some hideous work if the Woodworker doesn’t know what to ask for.

Best

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 09-14-2021 04:01 PM

yeah i dd a stool once and wanted a cushion like the ottoman, my BIL says i know a guy,ill get you one made.totally screwed it up,it was a blocky cushion about 8” thick with square corners,i cut it down the best i could.lets say, he didn’t speak the lingo-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 09-15-2021 01:21 PM

Thanks for posting this. I like your taste in furniture and I really appreciate your style of YouTube video, subscribed.

-- Tom, Chicago Suburbs, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdpv7V4-rLhWrKAFMCHgsOg

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#5 posted 09-15-2021 03:18 PM



Thanks for posting this. I like your taste in furniture and I really appreciate your style of YouTube video, subscribed.

- woodshopnerdery

Thanks! Much appreciated.
Cheers

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 09-15-2021 03:59 PM

I really like that you share your experience, Willie. Thank you.
I’ve had good luck with using my rather inexpensive heavy duty singer sewing machine. (Model 4452) Itll only sew 2 layers of leather, so in the areas that you have to lap or do piping, it won’t work, but that’s just something to consider in the design phase . A cheap stitching awl works for those areas with >2 layers of leather also.

-- Pete

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#7 posted 09-15-2021 05:09 PM

That’s true Pete.
Lots of ways to get the work done.

The thinnest projects I sew are 3 layers of 2-3oz leather, so a home machine doesn’t work for me.
Often my cushions are 4 layers thick, and sometimes double that if I’m sewing in backrest straps.

Best

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 09-15-2021 05:13 PM

Well put! I discount a number of upholstered projects just because I have no idea where to begin with the cushions.

Thanks for the resources and easing the “fear factor” 8^)

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#9 posted 09-15-2021 05:49 PM



Well put! I discount a number of upholstered projects just because I have no idea where to begin with the cushions.

Thanks for the resources and easing the “fear factor” 8^)

- splintergroup

My pleasure!

Best

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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