EDGE BANDING

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dge banding is the usual way of con­cealing the visible edges of plywood panels and shelves; it creates the illusion that the carcase is made exclusively of solid wood. You can choose one of two options: Commercial edge banding, shown on page 40, is available in a wide variety of wood types, colors and thick­
nesses. Installing it is simply a matter of cutting off the lengths you need from a roll, setting the banding in place and heating it with a household iron to melt the adhesive that bonds it to the surface of the wood.

Although somewhat more painstak­ing to apply, shop-made edge banding

offers several advantages over the store – bought solution. You can make it from any available wood species and cut it to whatever thickness you choose; Ve-inch-thick banding is typical. The shop-made variety is also less expen­sive—a consideration if you plan to use a lot of banding.

SHOP-MADE EDGE BANDING

EDGE BANDING1 Applying the banding

Подпись: 2 Trimming excess banding Once the glue has dried, trim any edge banding that projects beyond the panel edges. Fit a router with a flush-cutting bit, then rest the machine’s base plate on the panel edge with the bit just clear of the excess banding. Holding the router firmly with both hands, turn on the motor and guide the bit into the excess banding. Once the bit’s pilot butts against the panel, guide the router slowly against the direction of bit rotation to the opposite end of the workpiece. Make sure that the base plate and the pilot remain flush with the panel. Lightly sand the edges and ends of the banding to remove any remaining unevenness.

Use the table saw to cut thin strips of edge banding from a board; be sure to use a push stick to feed the stock into the blade. Make the strips slightly longer than the panel and at least as wide as the pan­el is thick. Grip the panel at each end in a handscrew, then clamp the handscrews to a work surface so that the front edge of the workpiece faces up. Then apply a thin glue bead to the edge of the panel and use a small, stiff-bristled brush to spread the adhesive evenly. Center the banding along the panel’s edge; to hold it flat while the glue dries, tape it very firmly at 2-inch intervals. Use as many strips of tape as necessary to eliminate any gaps between the banding and the edge of the panel.

SELF-ADHESIVE BANDING

 

1 Applying the edge banding

Set a household iron on High (without steam) and allow it to heat up. Meanwhile, apply clamps to hold the panel upright, and cut a strip of banding slightly longer than the edge to be covered. Set the band­ing adhesive-side down along the panel edge. Holding the banding in place with one hand, run the iron slowly along the panel edge, pressing the trim flat. The heat of the iron will melt the glue and join the banding to the panel. Keep the iron mov­ing; resting it on one spot for more than a few seconds will leave scorch marks.

 

SHOP TIP

Springboard for clamping edge banding

For thick edge banding, it may be necessary to clamp the band­ing to a panel edge while the glue dries. For a typical panel, you might need three or four bar clamps; a single clamp will suffice, however, if you use a shop-made springboard. To make the device, cut a gentle curve—’A-inch-deep at its center—fror one edge of a 2-inch-wide board the same length and thickness as the panel. Center the panel on a bar clamp and set the con­cave edge of the springboard against the edge banding. Use a wood pad to protect the panel. Tighten the clamp until the springboard flattens against the banding.

 

2 Flattening out the trim

Applying even pressure, run a small hand roller back and forth along the length of the edge banding to smooth it out and bond it firmly to the panel edge. Shave off any excess banding with a laminate edge trim­mer or a router (page 39).

 

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