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WoodRivWW

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04-15-2008 09:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: box lining

I read the “bandsaw box: felt or flock” topic posted by johnjoiner but still have some questions, and a request. I’m just finishing up a jewelry box for my daughter. The compartments are all rectangles, nothing tricky. Doug Stowe recommends flocking for irregular shaped, e.g.., bandsaw boxes, but seems to feel sheet goods like ultra suede are better for everything else. His opinion, based on what I read in his book, seems to be that flocking isn’t as “fancy” as other methods. (Note, I said HIS opinion). I’d be very interested in hearing from all you box makers about your opinions on this issue. Also any tips, helpful hints, recommendations, what have you, about lining boxes (including photos of the interiors?) would be most appreciated.

Thanks!

-- Hailey, ID


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#1 posted 04-15-2008 10:00 PM

It’s been my experience that cutting felt to fit neatly in ANY shape is a hit or miss proposition. I’ve found it easier and neater to use flocking.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 10:27 PM

I always use velvet glued to a thin piece of cardboard (the kind in the back of a notepad).
That way I can cut the cardboard to fit exactly before I use a spray adhesive to stick the velvet to it.
then I glue into the box/drawer. Overlap the edges.

I start by fitting the cardboard to the bottom. Then cut the velvet about 1/4” oversize and clip the corners
at a 45. Then use a spray adhesive (3M Super 77) on the cardboard and place it centered on the velvet.
Then spray adhesive on the back of the cardboard. Then fold over the extra velvet and then set the
assembly in the box pressing it into place.

I follow the same procedure for all 4 sides one at a time.
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Here is an example using crushed velvet:
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And another using smooth velvet:
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-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 11:15 PM

Wow Gary, great info!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 11:15 PM

Gary – dumb question here but….

When you fit the cardboard to the bottom of the box, by how much do you cut it undersize to account for the velvet you fold over the sides? I’ve only ever used flocking (several times with good success) and once I used self adhesive felt material (with less success, but good enough).

Kerry

-- Alberta, Canada

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#5 posted 04-16-2008 12:38 AM

Kerry – It doesn’t take much of a gap. Say the thickness of the cardboard or just a little more. It will get covered by the sides anyway.

Or try setting the velvet dry in the bottom first and then fit the cardboard to fit. It’s pretty forgiving.
Start a little big. You can always cut a little off.

I like cloth because of so many different kinds you can get.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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WoodRivWW

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#6 posted 04-16-2008 01:23 AM

Thanks for the great info Gary. Have you every flocked? How does its appearance compare with the velvet?

-- Hailey, ID

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 02:03 AM

Never flocked so I can’t compare.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 04-16-2008 02:07 AM

I’ve always flock—- but am being inspired to tried velvet and other clothes for the boxes. As Gary said – there is such a wide variety of cloth to use. There are only so many colors to flock with.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 04-16-2008 02:30 AM

i’ve used both. I prefer flock. I gives a neater appearance. The only problem i’ve ever found with it is if you don’t put on enough adhesive or not enough flock, you will get areas that are thinner than others.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com

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