I'm working on a number of wooden boxes for Christmas presents.
Last year I went through the effort of cutting felt to line the bottoms
of the boxes I made. This year I saw the bags of flock, glue, and
flocker at Rocklers and decided to give it a try.
One problem I'm having is getting a nice uniform surface. The other is
glue drips. Gads don't drip the glue on a surface that you don't want
to color because it is tough to get off.
What is the trick to applying the stuff and getting a uniform clean surface?
Well, I used "blue painters" tape to tape off the surfaces where you
dont want the flock on, then a coat of shellac on the rest of the piece,
and then the "colored glue", start flocking right away, put lots on,
dont stop when it "looks covered" keep flocking. Leave it over night
and knock off the flocking then next morning in a paper bag and recycle
what comes off..
william kossack wrote:
My own experience is that you'll never get as good a lining with flocking as
you will with felt or fabric. I've got a bunch of flocking stuff that I
haven't used in almost 10 years. But the best results come with some surface
prep. You need to seal the bottom of the box first with a coat or two of
shellac. This will give you a more uniform surface to paint on for the
A technique I've been using for several years with my boxes: I cut the
groove for my box bottoms just slightly oversize and then line my bottoms
with leather/fabric first before I glue up the box (have to be careful with
the glue up though). I like to leave my box insides raw wood (well sanded
and smoothed) so I don't have to worry about finish affecting the box
lining. If you want to finish the insides, just mask of the edges of your
bottom lining and use a wipe on finish that's easy to control.
My high school woodshop teacher taught us not to
use glue when flocking as it dried to quickly. Instead
we used oil based paint which was the same color as
the flocking. It is self leveling, gives plenty of open
time, and hides the thin spots. If you're not too skilled
with a paint brush, use masking tape. Don't skimp on
the flocking when blowing it on - too much is just right.
Whatever doesn't adhere can always be recycled.
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