Adhering felt to the inside of a box pt. 2

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Forum topic by Desert_Woodworker posted 09-08-2017 01:32 AM 1337 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2017 01:32 AM

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The purpose of this Forum question is share on what happened to a fellow L Jock, who blogged earlier today.
He used Tite Bond glue on a gun case and it ruined the metal finish of the gun and hardware… In my 40 years of woodworking- This was a first to me.
The problem is the Ph level in water borne glues- is acidic; therefore corrosion of metal, from the off gasses through the felt.
The Tite Bond rep replied, with some “interesting” information, as well as other L Jocks-
Conclusion: I agree with Gene on 3M 77 or self adhere adhesive felt.
I would love to hear from “box builders” on what they recommend-

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#1 posted 09-08-2017 01:44 AM

I built some valet trays to give as gifts. I used 3M 77 to glue the leather to the base and self-adhesive felt for the bottom. It’s not enclosed, so there aren’t any issues with gassing anyway.

Any time I plan to add felt for any reason, I’ll use the self adhesive type. They sell square yards of it at Woodcraft for a reasonable price and it’s very easy to work with.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 09-08-2017 01:54 AM

Thanks Rich, I did not know that water based wood glue could off-gass vapors that will oxidize metal in a gun case! R’s advice- self adhesive felt- thats what I will do. To other’s the agony of product failure; please share and help others.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 03:39 AM

Double back tape works. Of course I have a felt collection minus the self adhesive I got from a fabric store that closed….....

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