Box Lining Method...
1 Photo Shows it All
Part 8

By David Knipfer

Back to the previous step in this series.

I know .....   I'm not making any boxes ...   but this photo op became available,   so I figure I'll share it with you.

I like to complete the interior bottom of my boxes and drawers with a lining ......   to my eye it adds an elegant touch and additional perceived value to the creation.

I've experimented with just about every lining material and / or method out there ...   flocking,   felt,   leather,   velvet,   silk,   etc.

My   'standard'   lining is now either a rich velvet or suede leather lining,   placed on top of a backer of picture framing matt board,   and press fit into the box.

After 187 gazallion attempts to find the best way to do this ......   here is my method ...

That single photo shows the prepared lining almost ready to go into the box.   The next step from here is to fold the lining over to meet the tape and press her in.

If you want to try this method on your creations ....   you can probably figure out how to get there from that photo alone ....

But a few tips ....

The picture matt board is cut to a size slightly smaller than the area you are lining.   You need to leave enough room for the double thickness of lining material to fit into the space as well.

I use   3M spray adhesive #77   on the matt board face that contacs the lining (not the taped side).   This holds the lining in place and allows me to smooth out those wrinkles you see so they don't show on the   'good'   side.

That tape is the same double-sided tape I use everywhere else in my shop.

Thats it ......   now go line some boxes.


DMoening,   02-23-2004   11:40 AM
Valuable contributions you make there, Dave!

A word about 3M spray adhesive #77:
Be sure the spray tip is clean prior to depressing the button,   lest you have a splort rather than spray.   DAMHIKT.   A single, even coat is sufficient;   too much can (and will) soak through material.


Olepeddler,   02-23-2004   12:28 PM
Pretty elegant solution,   DK.   I'm planning to do the same thing on my next box but was going to try using a thin   (1/4" thick)   foam insteat of the matting.

Have you tried it and if so what are your thoughts on using it as a kind of cushion?

Joe T

MBtuner,   02-23-2004   01:02 PM
Thank you for saving many of us countless hours of experiments that don't pan out.   We really appreciate your taking the time to teach us your hard earned secrets.

F.Durocher,   02-23-2004   01:20 PM
Dave very cool linings.   Its all the finishing parts that needs attention and that takes time, like the old saying goes take the extra time but never rush it.
Have Fun.

Cedar guy,   02-23-2004   01:26 PM
What's the thinking behind foam??   It will be a bear to get it to work with--doen't like glue--are you going to fold the fabric behind it.   Wife has been building boxes for the last two weeks so we are looking for box Ideals.

rbell,   02-23-2004   01:43 PM
When I line the draws in the jewelry boxes I build,   I use poster board and cover it with Velvet,   but I just glue it on the back with hot glue no tape.
Once it is set,   I glue the covered poster board inside the draw.

DMoening,   02-23-2004   01:51 PM
I would suggest thinking in terms of chair upholstery when it comes to making an insert with padding.   You'll have a hard time adhering the material to the padding,   but should be able to glue the padding to a backer   (cardboard, hardboard, foamcore, etc).   My reasoning here is that it doesn't matter what effect an amount of glue has on a backer   (which will not show)   as it does on the material   (which will show).   Then wrap the material around the padding / board and adhere on the back with double-stick tape (like Dave has shown).

Let us know how it turns out

stans,   02-23-2004   02:36 PM
Thanks RBell and Dave.   I'm just getting ready to assemble a jewelry chest for swmbo.   The drawers are pretty small so velvet over mat board sounds like a winner.


LQ,   02-23-2004   04:07 PM
during my course in upholstery we were told not to use adhesive on the top side?  

We put the lining on the table,   sprayed some adhesive along the sides of the cardboard,   placed the cardboard on the lining,   folded the lining over the cardboard and cut away the excess lining in the corners?  

In this way you can easily use   (1/8 - 1/4")   foam   (glued to the cardboard)   between the cardboard and the lining.

Am I missing something?


daveknipfer,   02-23-2004   07:21 PM
I've used   'cushioned'   inserts also Joe T ...   I was looking for a   'soft'   lining and gave some   1/4"   thick foam a try.

I did not care of it .....   the lining seemed to stick Ok but I had a devil of a time keeping the assembly flat in my drawer bottoms .....   it was just a PITA.

I eventually discovered that using really expensive,   thick velvet gives me the 'cushion'   I was looking for .....   and one that I could adhere to a ridgid backer material.

Now ....   I'm not talking about pool table felt here ....   I am talking about honest to goodness   1/8"   thick fine velvet ...... the kind you pay serious $$$ for at the sewing material store.

I can't answer your question LQ .....   I just know that if you ran your fingers over the velvet lining in my boxes you would feel a soft,   padded and elegant lining .....

I'm certain there are better ways to go about this than I have discovered ......   but this method seems to work just swell for me.


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