is it normal to feel the wood behind the 1912 back rest?
I am about to tack on the back rest for a 1912 touring. There are no springs there so what keeps the passenger from feeling the wood slats? The white padding does not seem to be enough.
Is it common just to put extra padding there? I have some left over from the seat spring I might use.
Use at least 2" cotton batting under the burlap layer. The cushions are stuffed with horse hair. You should not feel any of the wood when sitting in the seat.
I just did the seat on my '14 Runabout and it also does not have a spring. I tripled the padding by first laying up sheet padding over the frame and then I used cotton stuffing over that until I got the desired padding. I tacked the upholstery at the bottom first and kept adding stuffing and pulling it up in place until It was the way I wanted it. Finally, I rolled the cotton padding that comes with the kit over at the top so it was double thickness right where the upholstery goes over the tack strip. Just don't stuff it so much that the seat cushion will not fit. I kept putting the seat cushion in place as I stuffed the back until I got it the way I wanted. It took a lot of time to get it right and the worst part is in the corners where I needed to do a lot of stuffing too get out the creases and make it lay right. I would rather fit bearings than upholster any day of the week!
Thank you Royce and Val. That helped.