I think that the ribs could be practically anything: poplar 1/2" drawer side with a rounded top edge, cardboard (not much of a load).
Dowel could be OK but the stems on my cufflinks are 3/4" below the back of the face. Could be a lot of waste space between the rows.
Mine are just jumbled in a box with other trinkets!
I'd need to make a bunch of "fins" to hold the felt in place until the glue set up. Might need 4 hands to manage placement with an adhesive spray but it should work. Pair of gloves and a hot glue gun.
I glued some felt of a similar color into the inside of a box that I made to hold some crooked wood carving knives. Used ordinary carpenter's glue. It looked wet in patches until it set up/dried and then it disappeared. Do scrap tests.
I used to have a dark gray foam rubber block for cuff links = put the foam in the freezer and cut slots with a utility knife. . . . 25 years and the foam disintegrated.
Last edited by Brian T.; 02-11-2013 at 03:26 PM.