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Forum topic by Gatorjim posted 08-26-2012 08:47 PM 782 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2012 08:47 PM

Ok I made a box for my sister in law which I posted on here I decided to put felt in the bottom and messed it up big time. I have no idea why it went wrong I use the peel and stick type cut it to size then tried to put it in. I did a dry fit and it was fine then i tried to put it in and it seemed to of shrunk I tried to streach it. I pulled it out and it stuck to itself. I tossed it away and cut another one with simalar results. I trashed it too and gave my sister in law the box with out the felt. Any tips at all would be nice.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 08:57 PM

Try the “Donjer Mini Flocker.” I purchased it from Woodcraft. I have had good results.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 09:05 PM

Try cuttin a piece of cardboard or something similar very thin and then u can either stick it to the cardboard or u can use the carefully method and peel just a little from the end or corner and stick it to the box then peel more and stick a little more smoothing as u go little by little taking your time u have all the time in tha world think to yourself. Hope this helps.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 08-26-2012 09:52 PM

I don’t use the peel and stick kind. A few spots of glue will hold it in just fine, and it’s a lot easier to reposition.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 08-26-2012 10:45 PM

I’ve found it works best if you first stick it to cardboard then cut the cardboard to fit then glue it in w/ a bit of wood glue.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 08-26-2012 11:56 PM

cut an 1/8” thick piece of poster board 1/16” smaller in length and width than the inside of the box…then cut your felt a 1/2” larger than the posterboard in all sides

cut a 45 on the 4 corners of the felt, apply to the posterboard, fold over the 4 edges and insert…perfect fit every time

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#6 posted 08-27-2012 12:45 AM

In the past I put the self adhesive velvet in my box bottoms and found the easiest way was to peel off about 1” of the paper backing and slowly press it in place and then peel back a wee bit more paper & repeat.
Now, I additionally use various leathers and skins in my boxes and have found it much easier to glue the chosen material to the box bottom prior to glue up of the box.

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#7 posted 08-28-2012 05:28 PM

Try this…
peel a corner off, maybe exposing 3 to 4 inches of adhesive, ( you should now have a triangular portion of adhesive exposed) .... put it the felt in the box while holding that corner up, from being adhered to the surface. Positon the rest of the felt like you want it….then press the corner into place….then lift the felt some pulling more backing away ( 5 to 6 more inches ) push it down, and continue until the piece is all adhered. ( maybe peeling and sticking 5 times or so) It sounds more difficult than it is, but in fact it works great.

I have owned and operated a large portrait studio for 35 years, and we used to have our own color lab. We used self adhesive board for our large prints. Without using this method, you had no hope of ever getting the photo on the board in the right position and without flaws…I have used it for all “sticker” involved projects I have used.

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