Covering any wooden box with leather turns a plain box into an accent piece. Because leather is available in many colors and textures, the creator of such a piece can design it to complement existing furniture and add ambiance to any room. Create a large box to store favorite books or family heirlooms; smaller boxes are convenient to hold photos and desk supplies.
Things You'll Need
- T-Square Or Meter Stick
- Contact Cement Or Other Leather To Wood Adhesive
- Small Paint Roller Or Natural Bristle Paintbrush
- Wooden Box
- Utility Knife
Measure each side of the box that you wish to cover in leather. Mark the measurements onto the flesh side of the leather, then, using the T-square as a straight edge, cut the leather using the utility knife.
Apply a thin layer of the contact cement to one side of the wood box and a thin layer to the corresponding leather piece. Adhere the leather to the wood side.
Rub outward from the middle of the leather-coated wood. This eliminates air bubbles and ensures proper contact for the adhesive to work. Wipe excess from edges with a slightly damp cloth. Repeat for each side of the box.
Allow the box to sit for one hour before using.
Use adhesives in a well ventilated area. Read and comply with all safety details on adhesives. Keep the box away from moisture.
- Leatherwork: A Manual of Techniques; Geoffrey West; 2005
- CP Adhesives; 15 Frequently Asked Questions About Contact Cement
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