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Thread: Attaching felt backing to a board..any suggestions?

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    Attaching felt backing to a board..any suggestions?

    Hubby is making one of our sons a coat of arms. He cut out a board in the shape of a shield but wants to attach green felt onto the board as a background plus put it on the back of board so that it won't scratch a wall. Have any of you had experience with gluing felt onto a board? Any special glue or will Elmer's white glue be best. Want it to be permanent and not come off. Don't want glue to soak through either. Will show a picture when it gets finished. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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    Elmer's glue will bleed through if you use to much
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    Spray glue will work well. Can move it around for a little bit and when it dries it is permanent. I spray outside so the spray doesn't get on things.
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    I'm with spray glue....less chance of it bleeding through...you could always do a test with a scrap of wood/felt.

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    I would use 505 spray. Or buy the glue especially used to put felt onto pool tables. What is he going to use on the edge of the wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    I would use 505 spray. Or buy the glue especially used to put felt onto pool tables. What is he going to use on the edge of the wood?
    Will paint edge of wood gold. Can't explain until it is finished but when you see the picture you will see what he is working with. Just as a teaser, we used to go to lots of auctions and he found this neat object in pieces. So will use it as the outline of the coat of arms. I have searched Google for a simlar object but no luck. I really wonder what or where it came from and what was it's original purpose. Should have it all finished by first week of January if we can get the felt/glue attaching problem done to our satisfaction. Pictures then. :-)
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    May I offer some suggestions for the gold work on the wooden edge? If you have any open grain, or if you are using plywood then you will get better adhesion and a smoother surface if you close the grain with a wood putty or substitute and sand satin smooth. And you might want to consider putting gold leaf on the sides as it gives such a richer appearance than any of the gold paints. There are several gold leaf brands available for hobbiests that aren't too expensive because they aren't actually gold but do look like gold. Of course real gold leaf is also available for the purist. I'm just offering this info in case you might have overlooked it - not implying I know more than you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    May I offer some suggestions for the gold work on the wooden edge? If you have any open grain, or if you are using plywood then you will get better adhesion and a smoother surface if you close the grain with a wood putty or substitute and sand satin smooth. And you might want to consider putting gold leaf on the sides as it gives such a richer appearance than any of the gold paints. There are several gold leaf brands available for hobbiests that aren't too expensive because they aren't actually gold but do look like gold. Of course real gold leaf is also available for the purist. I'm just offering this info in case you might have overlooked it - not implying I know more than you.
    Hi Tanya, I love your suggestions but I never knew gold leaf was available for 'poor folk'. :-) I do not think the edge of the wood will show but I do like the suggestion of wood putty on edges and will pass that along to hubby. Where does one buy gold leaf stuff? (Not the real stuff- just the hobby kind)Perhaps some kind of hobby or craft store???
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    think the last time I bought it was at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. Then $8 did a whole picture frame with a lot left over.

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    sounds like a wonderful project. I'm with the others on the 505 spray and would put the piece in a cardboard box to spray, keeps the overspray in check.
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