How to glue felt to wood easily and efficiently along with what you will need to prepare, all by yourself. After you have read this through, you will have no trouble pulling this off on your own at your house
So you are working on a wood project and something to protect the wood surfaces from scratches and reduce the frictions is just what you need. So you decide to glue in some felt. But it’s easier said than done and you probably clueless about how to actually do it, right?
Well, then you are in luck. This article will show just how to glue felt to wood without messing up everything.
As stated above, you are going to need to look for high quality felt if you want your project to be done as smoothly as possible. Like any textured material felt has a tendency to stretch while you are working on it. High quality felt stretch less than lower quality one which makes them easier to handle and manage.
Most of this you can find with ease in any hardware store or even just around your house. The most important part is to make sure that they are good quality and in their best conditions. If you can do it then your wood object appearance is guaranteed to be as beautiful yet still durable. Well, then let’s take a look at what you are going to need here.
What do you need to prepare?
Gluing felt to wood is not that hard but you may run into several problems: The felt keep soaking up the glue, the wood surface is too slippery, the felt is too big to fit in tight or small space, etc.
You can avoid many of that simply by following the preparations and instructions below. It’s a step – by – step guide so you should have little trouble to understand and apply it.
And if your wood object is located where it’s would be exposed to sunlight, fading may be an issue. Purchase the felt from well – known brands to be assured of their quality and color.
Next is to decide the felt thickness. Try to determine the correct thickness of the felt base on the angle of the wood project. Sharp and pointy angle should be a bit thicker but not too thick or you will have a hard time gluing the felt in. And the felt shouldn’t be too thin either as it may tears and rips when being grazed upon.
This depends on the dimension and how easy to access the side of the object where you intend to put on the felt. If the wood object size is big while being surrounded by smaller object or areas, wet cement is a good option.
An adhesive is also nice if you are not afraid of an over spray. And for small scale wood projects, Elmer’s is the brand of glue you need.
• Associated tools
You are going to need foam brushes if you intend to use wet cement or Elmer’s glue. If you have no other use for the brushes after this then just go for cheap one – time – use brushes. But you intend to do more gluing stuff then invest in paint thinner.
For projects that involved adhesive, you will need to lots of newspaper or removable tape to shield areas near your feet. A roller to flat out the wrinkle on the felt is also recommended but if the felt area is small, a credit card or any flat object will do just fine. And finally, a pair of scissor or cutting tools to cut and trim the felt is necessary.
• Safety concerns
Face mask and goggles are advisable when you are gluing the felt to the wood surface so as to protect your eyes and nose from harmful chemicals. It’s would be best to do all of this outdoor but if you have to do this in enclosed space, open all doors and windows to circulate more airs.
How to perform the action?
Step 1: Prepare the felt
In this step, you need to measure the length and height of the space of wood surface you need to cover by felt. Determine the appropriate shape by taking into account all measurements.
If the shape happens to be too difficult, making a template from a piece cardboard is a good idea. Then simply cut out suitable felts and move on.
Step 2: Put in the glue and push the felt in.
Now when you have suitable felts in your hand, you need to start applying the glue on it. The trick to prevent a messy situation here is to apply the glue as you go instead of putting them on at once.
Slowly put the glue on one side of the felt or on the wood surface then gently press them against each other. Keep doing this until the felt cover all the wood surfaces.
If the wood surfaces are too slippery and the felt keep fall off, you can use a double – sided duct tape to act as a connection between the wood surface and the felt.
First, put the tape on along the edges of the object surfaces, remove the tape protection and push the felt in. You still need to apply the glue into the felt since the tapes only act a temporary measure to hold the felt, not a long term way to glue the felt in.
Step 3: Add pressure and wait for it to dry
This is the final step, use a roller or tool of your choice to flatten out all the wrinkles. After that, put a heavy object on or pressed against the felt to keep it as flat as possible.
You may want trim around the felt a better look but after that, it’s mostly done. Now wait for a few hours for the glue to dry and that would be it.
And that concludes the guide, not too hard to follow, right? The felt will ensure the surface of your wood object stay at its best condition as long as the felt is intact. And to do just that, all you ever need is to gather the appropriate materials and apply the procedures mentioned above which are very simple and easy to execute.
At the end of the day, the felt will add a nice touch to your wood object overall appearance and bring out a refreshing atmosphere.