Edge banding made simple

Edge banding is mostly used to give a finished look to the sides of plywood. But don’t feel limited to plywood as it can be used in creative ways on other hardwood materials. Two strips with contrasting colors can create the impression of a simple, but beautiful inlay around any woodworking object.

Thin Veneer

Most common is the iron-on veneer, that is sold on a roll. A plain iron is used to melt the glue and apply it to the workpiece.
When a close match is needed on plywood:
Use a piece of the same plywood material, turn it on it’s edge and remove it’s top veneer including some of the core material on the tablesaw. Clamp the veneer strip and use a belt sander to remove the excess.

Solid wood edgebanding

Joint and plane a hardboard board (at least 2” wide) down to the thickness of the workpiece plus 1/16”. Apply glue to both pieces (and apply a light second coat to the side of plywood) and clamp the board to the edge of the workpiece (the width of the board ensures an even clamping pressure without the need of a lot of clamps).

 

 

52Rip it to it’s final width on a tablesaw. Use a block plane, followed by a scraper to trim the edges flush to the surface of the workpiece. A final light sanding with 180 grit removes any remaining roughness.

 

 

Wider edgebanding can also be applied with a Tongue & Groove or Spline & Groove. Use a slot cutter in your router to cut the grooves. The wider edge supports a router profile.
 

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