Using Felt

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by zipmac22 posted 06-27-2020 09:09 PM 478 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View zipmac22's profile


44 posts in 2064 days

06-27-2020 09:09 PM

Hey Everyone,

I would like to use felt on the bottom of a 3-D chess board that I’m making. What’s the best adhesive to use? I was thinking of using 3M Super 77 Multipurpose Spray Adhesive. I have read that some adhesives can soak through the felt and harden the felt. Any suggestions? Thanks!


-- Chris, Central Texas

7 replies so far

View Walker's profile


465 posts in 1683 days

#1 posted 06-27-2020 09:45 PM

You can use the 3M 45 for felt, it’s a bit cheaper and will work just fine. If you want a product that’s way over the top for your project but very good, get the Loctite 200. I’ve had success using felt on the bottom of furniture like a TV stand and a bed frame I built. Note that felt wears down and deteriorates after some time (could be years or decades depending on use), so you might need to replace eventually. Just as an alternative to research, googling “flocking”.

-- ~Walker

View bondogaposis's profile (online now)


6025 posts in 3562 days

#2 posted 06-27-2020 09:45 PM

Practice on a scrap first and then you will know. I have found that felt is a bit stretchy. I find it easier to glue it to a piece of over sized cardboard first. Then I can cut the cardboard backed felt to fit exactly.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View MrUnix's profile


8746 posts in 3410 days

#3 posted 06-27-2020 09:48 PM

77 will work as will 45 as will titebond or Elmers wood glue.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View Rich's profile


7324 posts in 1800 days

#4 posted 06-27-2020 10:54 PM

Why not go with peel-and-stick felt sheets?

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

View CaptainKlutz's profile


4856 posts in 2705 days

#5 posted 06-28-2020 01:46 AM

+1 self adhesive felt

For small projects, lots of places sell small sheets; but for inside of large drawers, I buy it in roll format.
I like the rainbow craft from Aetna Felt Corp. Prices are good. Self adhesive rolls are 36” wide. It is made from polyester to avoid absorbing moisture like real stuff, And it comes in a ton of colors:

Durafelt makes quality self adhesive felt by roll also.


-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

View splintergroup's profile


5723 posts in 2433 days

#6 posted 06-28-2020 02:36 PM

I use the 3M “77” all the time for “acrylic” felt, works great and doesn’t bleed through. The cardboard technique works well if you have to place it inside a drawer/box but one trick I do is to wrap it around the sides of the cardboard to present a nice edge when pressed into place. I also put double sided tape on the assembly before instilling to prevent it from bowing up or falling out. Other times I’ll laminate it to the base wood of the drawer/box when that piece sits in a rabbeted recess. This gives a fray-proof clean edge on the interior.

View AlaskaGuy's profile


6730 posts in 3520 days

#7 posted 06-28-2020 04:49 PM

Why not go with peel-and-stick felt sheets?

- Rich


-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics