Flocking #1: To Flock, or not...

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Blog entry by dustyal posted 09-16-2009 02:00 AM 1679 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To Flock or not to Flock that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler of project to suffer
The slings and arrows of dedicated LJ’ers,
Or to take arms against the sea of boxes,
With the mitering of corners and maple keys;
Ay, there be thy rub; perhaps ‘tis be the tung oil?

Sorry for the poetic abuse. I won’t let it happen again.

Mirror, Mirror in the lid
Who be the fairest LJ’er of the Id?
‘Tis not be that crusty DustyAl;
Surely ‘tis be that crafty Karson fella,
Exotic lumber and all.

Woops, I did it again…

Point being… I can’t decide if I like the boxes flocked, or not. Mirror in lid, or not. Both the flock ‘n mirror cover my many sins. I had lots of sins in these two boxes, so I just felt like I really needed to flock something.

There are other methods… spray glue with cloth, self-stick cloth, etc. Flock was easy especially after I traded garden vegetables for some materials. Red… that is the only color I know how to do.

Cloth with glue opens many more variations, but I’m thinking a bit trickier to apply than the easy paint on flocking adhesive and simple dusting of the rayon or nylon flocking material. Clean up not too bad if you prepare ahead.

I suppose the answer lies in the fundamental purpose of the box. I did these two boxes to have a “wow” factor when you open the lid and see something different on the inside versus the outside. I have no idea what the boxes will be used for other than gifts to sisters to appease them.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#1 posted 09-16-2009 02:14 AM

Flocking works fine, except that you need the right shade of cement to adhere the flocking to the box.
I think a mirror on a lid will accentuate a well-designed box, especially if there is a cain to limit the top to go back to the right position.

It is all a matter of taste! Happy boxing!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 04:05 AM

Al: The box that I’ve seen of yours looks great with flocking. But I don’t think I’d do that for all boxes.

And what do you mean in taking my name in vain.

I’ll see you Thursday. Bring that box again alond withy all of the new stuff and the new member.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 09-16-2009 05:15 PM

What the Flock, go ahead and flock it. It makes it look purdy. Especially with a mirror to reflect all that color. I’ve used it before and you’re right it hides many booboos.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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