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How to Install Felt Lining in Wood Boxes

Updated February 21, 2017

Wooden boxes, such as jewellery boxes, need a traditional felt lining to protect the contents. The felt must fit smoothly and snugly. With the confined space inside some boxes, installing felt can appear difficult, but you can line a box and get professional results with the right tools and materials. You can repair an antique box of any size or install felt in a box that you have built.

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  1. Measure the inside of the box -- the bottom, sides and the lid -- with a ruler or tape measure. Write down the measurements.

  2. Mark the dimensions on the felt with a ruler and a pencil to ensure that the sides of the felt are square before cutting them. Cut felt pieces to the measurements with your scissors.

  3. Spray a short burst of adhesive on the bottom of the box, covering it lightly with the spray. Carefully lay the piece of felt that you have cut for the bottom in the box. The glue will stay sticky for a few minutes so you have time to adjust the felt to fit. Smooth it out with your fingers.

  4. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the bottom, using it as a shield to protect the felt that you have already installed. Spray one side of the box and apply the corresponding piece of felt.

  5. Spray and continue to apply the felt to remaining sides and the lid, using cardboard to protect the sides that you have already done.

  6. Warning

    You can remove adhesive with acetone if you need to.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Aerosol trim adhesive
  • Cardboard

About the Author

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.

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