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Planeman40

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03-19-2017 02:29 PM

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I am working on a display/storage box for a project and will be lining the inside with felt for the protection of the project. It will be a fitted case so there will be small compartments to line. For this reason I would rather be able to brush on the glue rather than use a spray can of Spraymount. I have heard that white glue can be thinned with water and if so this would be preferable. Does anyone out there have any experience or suggestions for this? Any other type of adhesive? The case is rather sizable, 6 ft. x 1 ft. x 7 in.

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#1 posted 03-19-2017 03:24 PM

I have used rubber cement to apply felt to the inside of boxes. It works very well. Another possibility is to use felt with an adhesive backing. One issue I have had with that is that the felt stretches as you remove the paper from the adhesive. You cut it to the proper size, but it ends up stretching and you have to trim the excess off with a razor blade or Xacto knife.

With white glue (thinned or not) I would be concerned that the glue would soak through the felt, ruining the surface.

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#2 posted 03-19-2017 03:44 PM

Why don’t you Flock it on?

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#3 posted 03-19-2017 04:09 PM

Flocking is a thought, however my judgement tells me it wouldn’t give me the padding I am looking for with felt.

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#4 posted 03-19-2017 04:17 PM

I made a silverware chest with a felt lining and just used Titebond. It has held up very well for over five years.

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#5 posted 03-19-2017 06:51 PM

I like to glue the cloth to thin cardboard so I can work with stiff “panels” that can be carefully fit into the openings. Usually I’ll cut the cardboard to the perfect size first then apply cloth, then glue it in the box.

I’ve used full strength white glue for this and it works fine. Too much glue will wet the cloth too much. That’s not an issue since I can toss out the bad glue up and make a new one because the cloth isn’t attached to the box until after it’s stuck on the cardboard.

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#6 posted 03-19-2017 09:54 PM

”I like to glue the cloth to thin cardboard so I can work with stiff “panels” that can be carefully fit into the openings.”

Interesting thought! I may try it. Thanks!

I have use Titebond for this before. It works well but is somewhat thick to brush on. I did a test of thinning it with water as it can be cleaned up with water but this destroyed its adhesion ability.

Keep the thoughts coming!

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#7 posted 03-19-2017 10:41 PM

I have felted a LOT of boxes. I use titebond II every time. I don’t thin it, use it right out of the bottle. I use a good foam brush to spread it evenly using “just enough”, not too thick or thin. Watch your edges though. I use a home made tool to smooth the felt. Just a small piece of wood rounded over and sanded VERY smooth. Hope this helps.

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#8 posted 03-19-2017 11:19 PM

I use white glue and a small cutoff to smooth the felt down.

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 03:56 PM

Thanks everybody! I think I will work with Titebond and the cardboard.

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 04:12 PM

I do what JAAune does, larger surfaces get panels. For something the size you are stating, I would typically use 1/8” masonite. The felt is applied with 3M “77” spray then the panel is secured with small pieces of double sided tape.

Smaller areas use cereal box thickness cardboard, same DS tape to secure.

Anytime I have tried to use TB or other wood glue, the bleed-through ruined it in spots. It really is sensitive to the type of fabric being used.

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