Attach Cloth to Rails
Note - if you are replacing cloth on an existing table, go to Replace Cushion Cloth.
1. Place new cloth over rail with "face" side down. The cloth should have an equal over-hang at each end of the rail and extend approximately 1/2" over the featherstrip groove on the cushion side (as shown in the image to the right).
2. Starting at the center of the rail, tap the featherstrip down to within 1/16" above the rear side of the featherstrip.3. Stretching the cloth tightly from the center toward the ends, tap the feather strip down to 1/16" while maintaining the half inch over-hang to within approximately 3" from ends of the featherstrip.
4. At each end of the featherstrip pull the cloth toward rubber cushion an additional 1/2" toward the cushion then tap the featherstrip down (shown in the image to the left).
5. Trim the cloth on the cushion side of the featherstrip along the entire length of the featherstrip with a sharp knife as shown in diagram to the right.6. Tap the entire length of the featherstrip flush with the top of rail at the rear side of the featherstrip (diagram to the left). Never try to tap the feather strip flush with just a hammer as you will dent the rail surface behind the featherstrip.
7. Turn the rail over and at the corner pockets fold the cloth over the mitered edge as shown in the diagram to the right, stretching the cloth tightly and working out the wrinkles as you staple in the area shown.8. Pulling the cloth tightly over the rear edge of the pocket facing, staple three places as shown in the diagram to the left at location X.
9. If the rail is an end rail repeat step 8 at the other end of the rail. Then starting at the center of the rail stretch the cloth tightly over the cushion and staple at the center on the bottom of the rail - working toward each end.
10. Trim any excess cloth from the bottom of the rail.