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Forum topic by Danpaddles posted 02-09-2012 04:42 AM 1121 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Danpaddles

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02-09-2012 04:42 AM

Got two boxes that will be pretty much done tomorrow a.m.. I’d like to upscale them a little with either a fabric (or fuzzy) bottom, or maybe the whole inside covered with something.

I read thru a thing I found here, where you use double sticky tape over thin plastic, cutting and tucking and sticking as you go.

I have tried flocking in the past- where you paint on some sticky paint in a color to make the fuzz, then blow fuzz with a little puffer thing.

On one box this evening, I just took a piece of felt from wife’s sewing cupboard (she’ll never miss it, right?) and schmeared titebond on the bottom of the box, then stuck that felt down to it (having tried to cut it more or less to size).

Rockler has sheets of sticky backed fabric, but holy cow, it is about 13 bucks for one hunk of it.

The method outlined and demonstrated right here on LJ- where you stick felt to plastic to the box- looked like a damn lot of work. And I do not have dividers in these boxes, they are empty. So I would be sticking some big hunks of that stuff.

The flocking thing does work, it is messy, and you have to mask off where the sticky paint goes. Also, it has been a few years since I have flocked, I suspect I will need to buy fresh paint, but I do have the puffer and fuzz left yet. Also, with flocking, once you set up to do one color, you will not want to change to another color. To change color would be just about like starting over. But I can live with burgundy.

The felt I glued in tonight, well, it is just on the bottom. Which is probably okay. It is the devil to cut- it stretches, and moves around no matter how hard I held the metal straight edge. Then I tried to trim it up with scissors. Whoops, just a little short now. (I cut it, and I cut it, and it was STILL too short!) I had to have a hunk of wood to set on top of the felt to get the fold line out, then I piled on heavy stuff until the glue set. It now looks acceptable (except where some dummy cut it a little short-).

I will run out of the felt after the next box, they are gonna love me shopping at JoAnn Fabrics. Think they get a lot of bald guys with beards and beer guts wearing bib overalls? Is that felt gonna cost less then what Rockler gets for their sticky stuff? I think so.

Anyone have any input to offer on this topic?

Closely related item- I like to put little sticky felt dots on the bottoms of these boxes. Been getting them at the hardware, a 3M product I think. Anyone have any better way to add feet? These are thin walls, I only have about a half inch to work with.

thoughts? I’ll post picts tomorrow, I plan to shoot the latest batch of stuff that is coming in the house from the finish table (which looks a lot like my table saw, only with a board set on it.)

-- Dan V. in Indy


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 02-09-2012 04:58 AM

I’ve never done it either way I’ll stay tuned to see what others have to say.

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 05:15 AM

I have only ever used the sticky felt stuff from the local crafty shops…

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 06:35 AM

I have used both the adhesive felt from Rockler and leather. I like the leather and have found it works best when cut wwith a wheel type paper cutter and glued with contact cement. The leather can be purchased in alot of colors and textures and really looks nice. I bought several hides from a local tandy leather and they also sell online.

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 05:22 AM

No comment on the fuzzy stuff but for the ‘feet’ I use leather discs cut with a gasket cutter set from Harbor Freight. They don’t pack down over time like the felt or foam ones do. I attach mine with contact cement. The $8 gasket cutter set has sizes from 1/4” to 3/4” I think.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-10-2012 02:12 PM

My Tandy store is right up by JoAnn fabrics and Harbor Freight. Looks like I’ll take a long lunch today. Hey, Gander Mountain is up there too! Maybe I need a new fishing pole!

Every once in a while, it is nice to live in the city.

I like that leather foot idea, gfadvm.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 08:40 PM

They had a felt at JoAnn’s, that was stiff, it had glitter on one side, the other side plain. But it isn’t stretchy, it has some body- I think I can trim it with a sharp knife without getting distortion.

The Tandy store was no longer there. I’ll have to shop that online I guess.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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