Think of those inexpensive carpet runners made of flexible clear vinyl/plastic. I need to glue rectangles of that stuff to wood frames [looks like picture frames] - adhesion surface area of wood will be maybe 3/4" wide - frames will be in the range of 8" x 20". Wood willl come from scrap heap - WRC looks likely from where I'm sitting - that pile has gotten too big in the last few weeks. No plans to finish, unless a seal coat or two of shellac would help adhesion.
I'd prefer to not use a spray-on like the 3M-77 - don't want to bother with taping off the vinyl.
Contact cement? Medium or thick CA? Rubber cement? I can test the CA, but the others I'd need to buy, so I don't have a "free" way to test those.
"Pretty" is not part of the design requirement. Cheap and fast is part of the design.