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03-30-2016 10:25 PM

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I have been commissioned to make a very special box. Normally, I line them with felt, but I thought for this one I should step up to leather, but then I seemed to recall that a notable box maker here on LJs preferred ultra-suede to leather. Can anyone refresh my memory on this?

Also, if I go with either leather or ultra-suede, are they installed the same way as felt?

I really want to hit a home run with this box because it will open many more doors in the future. Thanks for any assistance.

-- Art

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#1 posted 03-30-2016 10:28 PM

I do mine with suede. Use 3m 77 spray adhesive to glue to a piece of thin cardboard (like a ceral box), and then use the 77 to attach to the drawer bottom.

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#2 posted 03-30-2016 10:45 PM

When it came time to line the drawers of my Louis XIV jewellery box last year I used pig suede from The Hide House. It is absolutely luxurious matrial and not hard to use. I followed instructions from my friend Roger Bean and mounted it on light card with peel and stick adhesive film in much the same manner as Jeff suggested.
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#3 posted 03-31-2016 09:59 PM

jmartel, thank you! I think I will go to a fabric store to feel various fabrics to see which seems best to me.

Paul, I said I want to hit a HR, but I can’t afford a grand slam. :) Besides, my work is no place close to the quality of your masterpiece.

-- Art

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 11:09 PM

Go for the grand slam Art, opportunity’s a knocking.

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 01:33 PM

You also might try some thin batting or felt under the fabric to give it some additional cushion.

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 09:39 PM

waho, thanks for the encouragement.

Jim, the additional cushioning is an interesting suggestion. Thank you.

-- Art

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#7 posted 04-03-2016 04:33 PM

I have attached tooled leather to wood using wood glue. Works well. I have also put cloth or cardboard under the leather giving it a cushioning effect. Mine was applied to the outside of the box though.

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#8 posted 04-03-2016 04:40 PM

I made a bible box ( In my projects) and used suede for the inside.

I made luan templates for the exact dimensions for each side and laid it on the suede and cut with a razer blade.

I used contact cement.

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#9 posted 04-03-2016 09:28 PM

When I add felt I glue it to the actual bottom before the box goes together that way it fills in the left over 1/4” gap that the 3/16” ply does, I’m wondering if the same could be done with suede or thin leather?

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#10 posted 04-04-2016 10:30 PM

lateralus & Blackie, thank you for your tips and suggestions.

-- Art

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