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I am attempting to make this laptop case. But I've run into a few troubles. 

-What would be the best glue for vinyl fabric to wood.
-What's the best way to attach the zipper so that it is strong enough to last. (I'm trying not to use exposed rivets, bolts, etc..)

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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sasarchiver (author)2011-12-17

kk, just an idea. what about epoxys?

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caitlinsdad (author)sasarchiver2011-12-17

Some glues stick better but the underlying problem is understanding what you are trying to stick together and how it will be stressed. The zipper cloth part will stick fine to leather/vinyl cover or even the cardboard cover plate. When you have strong forces to pull the zipper, it tears off a layer of fibers from what it is stuck to. You then need a stronger mechanical fastener to join or mate the two surfaces. A seam of sewing thread, staples, rivets, etc will be able to resist that one hefty tug or repeated tugging of the zipper. You can put it together with glue but it will see it separate after several uses.

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Goodhart (author)sasarchiver2011-12-16

That would pull of pretty easily I am afraid.

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caitlinsdad (author)2011-12-14

I can't be sure but I would think that the zipper is sewn in a fine seam around the edges of the book cover. You need an industrial sewing machine to punch through the cardboard cover or go really really slow with a denim needle in a home machine. Maybe go look at one of those day-runner portfolio zipper enclosed planners to see how they made those. Gluing something would not be able to resist the tear-out. Some vinyl fabrics have a cloth backing so you should be able to use regular white glue but you can try the spray adhesives - check to see if the solvents don't attack plastics/vinyl. Gorilla glues and other polyurethane glues are a mess to work with.

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