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Solid Wood Edging For Plywood
Edges On Plywood
Cabinets are usually made using some sort of sheet goods. Quite often it
is plywood, and the need often arises to conceal the edges.
There are a number of methods of accomplishing this task. Some include using a
common house hold iron, or a small edge banding
iron, specifically designed to apply an edge banding tape. This tape is available in many materials, from
real woods, which can be raw or prefinished, and also vinyl for use with plywoods and other sheet goods, such
It is a simple process that involves cutting the edge banding to rough length
and ironing it onto the edge. After which, the ends and edges must be trimed. There are small inexpensive
tools designed for this. The result is a well hidden edge that is difficult to tell from solid wood.
Commercial cabinet shops use both pre glued and raw edge banding, meaning no glue is pre applied. They use
large expensive machines to handle this chore, some of which have glue pots on them. They apply the proper
amount of glue as the pieces are automatically fed through the machines.
The machines also trin the edges and ends in the process. While expensive, they
are a required machine in any shop doing production work. these machines can handle a large variety of
materials from the previously mentioned tape, to larger, thicker materials, including plastic laminates, such
as Formica. These machines are one of the three main machines needed for european style cabinets. The speed
that these machines can apply edge banding is impressive.
The next common type of edging is solid wood to match the sheet goods. For example, if
you're using Mahogany plywood, you would use Mahogany hardwood edges. Most often thee strips are cut into 1/8
inch this strips, and the glued and pinned onto the exposed edges. After which a small router equipped with a
flush trim bit is used to trim the edges flush with the plywood, and often creat a small radius in the
Getting a little more
sophisticated, but still following in the lines of solid wood edges, are a number of other cutters designed
for use with a router, router table or shaper. Specialty bits are sold in matching sets to form a recess for the
edging, and a counterpart to fill the recess. They are available in many styles, all of which accomplish the task.
Typically, they are self aligning in design which makes gluing them in place and clamping the rather
|Burgess Edge Router Bits
Easily create a durable solid wood look wherever you have
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Burgess Edge Router Bits
Using a pin nailer will make attaching these pieces easy, leaving a very tiny hole to
All router bit companies have their own designs to chose from and have pretty much the
same objective. Shown are a few options available from the house brand of MLCS, as well as a how to video,
also from MLCS Woodworking.
These bits can be used from 1/2 inch to 3/4" sheet goods.
These same style bits are available for shapers as well.
These are high quality bits and are priced to make them accessable to everyone.
These product designs are the sole property of MLCS Woodworking. Illustrations are copywrited by MLCS
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Written by: Lee A. Jesberger © 2006 - 2013
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