Anybody have experience gluing leather to your wood project?

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Forum topic by Granddaddy1 posted 09-15-2012 06:53 AM 633 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2012 06:53 AM

I’m building guitar stands which I will post as a completed project soon. I’ve purchased some beautiful soft leather to serve as padding at the contact points at the base and yoke of the stands. I have never incorporated leather into a project before. My question—should I try to pre-cut the leather to fit before gluing it on, or should I glue it on over sized and trim with a sharp knife after the adhesive dries? Also, if anyone can advise on the best leather-to-wood adhesive I would appreciate that info.

Any advice is appreciated.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 07:00 AM

Cut it first. Thinner chrome tanned leathers tend to be stretchy but
if you use a caul the wrinkles will be pressed into the glue and the
shape will glue down more or less as you cut it out.

White or yellow glue is fine for wood-to-leather. Leather-to-leather
works best with contact cement formulated for leather gluing.

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 09:27 AM

Hide glue, cold or hot would work very well and would be reversible for easy removal to refinish the stand sometime in the future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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