I had finished my wife’s jewelry box with the exception of putting in the felt lining. I’ve never done this before and I wasn’t looking forward to it, but now it’s done and since I’m pleased with the result, I thought it might be helpful to others in my situation to relate my experience and hopefully help someone out. There are folks out there who I’m sure are a lot better at this than me, but I haven’t seen any posts on this, so here goes. Below is a photo of the finished job.
1.There’s been a lot of puffy looking padded linings shown in various magazines and websites. I personally don’t like the puffy stuff so my method here is for a flat lining.
2. The lining should probably be easily removable for two reasons. One: eventual renewal, and two: If something goes wrong during installation it is easy to take out and re-size or fix.
3. The choice of color has to look good with gold and silver and also be harmonious with the wood in your box. There are lots of good color choices here according to yours or the recipient’s taste. I picked green probably because I have been looking at it all my life and it just seems right to me.
Let’s assume here that the method includes both the materials used and the way it’s done. I found my materials to be perfect for the job and as I progressed I improved on the work process a lot.
1. Thin hard plastic pliable baking sheets to be wrapped in felt. (the plastic sheet is used to roll out dough for baking)
2. Felt (quite a bit surprisingly)
3. Double-sided carpet tape. Get the smooth one, not the one reinforced with some kind of fiber (those are terrible)
1. An Exacto knife is good.
2. Ruler. I used a steel one to measure with and guide cuts to cut up the plastic bits.
3. A cutting board. I used part of the baking sheet, but a better idea would be a proper cutting board so you don’t cut onto your $5,000 dining table. No, I didn’t do this and I don’t have a $5000 dining table.
4. Scissors to cut the plastic with ( I think it’s easier and more accurate than using a knife.)
5. Ballpoint pen to mark the plastic with.
What are we going to do?
You start by measuring the lengths and widths of the receptacles you will be felting and mark and cut the 5 pieces you will need for each receptacle, ie; the bottom and 4 sides. I measured and cut for each separate receptacle being pessimistic about how consistent my sizes were. I cut the plastic to fit as I progressed so I wouldn’t get all the pieces mixed in case they were slightly different sizes (don’t obsess on the size thing!).
I found it easiest (finally) to put the plastic cut-outs onto the tape as shown below and then trace around them with the knife, then repeating for the other side. You can usually put all the Parts for one receptacle at a time.
2. The plastic bits are completely covered with the double sided tape on both sides.
3. I took the paper off the tape on one side and pressed it onto the felt and then cut around it with the Exacto knife leaving a border of a little more than 1/8” or say 4mm.
4. The felt is trimmed at the corners so a sort of miter will be formed when the felt is folded over onto the tape after removing the paper from the other side of the tape.Be sure to leave a tiny edge at the corners so the plastic will be covered there too. Now you have a plastic bit covered in felt with a sticky back which can be simply pressed to whatever surface on your receptacle it was made for.
5. Ready for installation.
Getting close to the finish line for the tray. Here I am measuring to make sure the side length is right. I made small adjustments by clipping with a scissors as I went.
In the last picture I’m using my steel ruler to press down around the edges as I go.
Don’t forget to allow for the the thickness of the felt when sizing your plastic fillers and foam if you use that.
That’s it and I hope you will find it helpful. If you have better ways to do this please help out with any improvements or different ways to do this. Thanks for looking in.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.