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Felt is a versatile fabric that is used in so many ways. It can be placed inside wooden cabinets and boxes as a liner. It can be attached to furniture legs to prevent scratching wooden floors.
Felt may also be used on wooden musical instruments and so many more. But before felt used on wood, it has to be attached securely to wood. And since felt is very light, how can this be done? This guide will show you how.
Gluing tips for felt to wood
Felt comes in varying colors and sizes with large pieces very easy to cut and form. But one of the main concerns of using felt is that it could be very hard to stick to wood.
Also, glue can easily saturate the felt when applied and thus making a soggy mess. Most who have never worked with felt end up having wrinkled and glue-soaked results. Therefore you need to be very careful when working with felt and wood.
Things you will need
- Wood you will be working on
- Contact cement
1) Gather all your materials and tools
You must have the right materials for your project with the right materials. You will need felt, glue, and tools but certain kinds of felt and glue are better than others. When it comes to tools, you need a small brush, scissors and measuring tape.
2) Measure and cut the felt
This part will depend on the dimensions of the space or section that you will line with felt. For instance, you want to line the inside of a jewelry box with felt then you must measure the inside dimensions of the box and apply this to the felt.
The measure, trace and cut out a template made of paper then place the template on the cloth and cut around it using a rotary tool. For larger jobs or jobs you can trace the dimensions using the actual felt you will use for the project.
Use a pencil or fabric chalk to trace and use sharp scissors to cut the felt. Measure and cut carefully so the felt will fit the area well.
3) Lightly brush on the glue on felt
There are many types of glue for felt and wood but the most efficient of all is Weldwood Contact Cement. You may also use basic Elmer’s Glue for this project. The trick is to spread the glue in a thin coat to minimize spills and smudges.
Dip the brush in the glue with no more than ¼ inch. Apply glue in the form of thin balls, no bigger than the head of a pin. This is just enough to apply wood on felt so it can stick to wood in a more efficient manner.
Apply glue to the felt first, then the wood using a very thin coat. Press the cloth onto the wood using your hands so that it will fit and set in place. This glue will become dry in about 10 minutes.
4) Add even pressure
You must apply even pressure on the felt so that it will bond well to wood. Place waxed paper over the cloth to avoid glue bleed-through. If you are working in a smaller area, you can ensure even pressure by applying a heavy object like a book or a board on top of the waxed paper.
If the surface area is relatively small and in an open space, a good way to ensure even pressure. For large projects use a roller to smooth out any wrinkles from the cloth. For much smaller felt to wood projects, use your fingertips to smooth the cloth.
5) Cut extra felt
Earlier in the process, you must think about cutting extra felt along the sides of the project. if you are lining a confined space, you will need to cut the edges, check for a good fit and trim any excess felt before the adhesive is applied.
If you have space to apply the larger piece of felt and remove any jagged edges, you can do this after glue and pressure are applied to the piece.
Using felt on wood can be a challenge but as long as you have the right materials and the ideal tools, you will be able to glue felt on wood without any worries at all.