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Edge-banding clamp guides

Perfect alignment makes for perfect clamping.

Seat the banding in the clamping guide
Orange clamp on table top
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Man holding jig with glue
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Photo A: With the edge banding
seated within the clamping guides,
apply a centered bead of glue. To
avoid squeeze-out, apply glue
Man clamping inside of box with blue clamps
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Photo B: Clamp the edge banding
into place. To give the far clamp jaw a
surface to bear on, apply the edge
bands with the case back off.
Jig with two screws on top
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Seat the banding in the clamping guide

You can use these shop helpers when edge-banding any cabinet or shelf part. But they really save the day when attaching bands after assembly when there's no room for error. Such is the case with the dresser carcase being built in Photos A and B.

To build the guides, cut pairs of 3x4" alignment blocks from scraps of 3/4" plywood. (We recommend one guide for every 8" to 10" of band length.) Then, cut spacers from scraps of the plywood, particleboard, or medium-density fiberboard you'll be edge-banding. To keep excess glue from sticking to the guides, apply plastic packing tape to the alignment blocks, where shown on the drawing. Next, clamp a spacer between each pair of alignment blocks, drill countersunk screw holes and drive the screws.

To use the guides, first plane the edge bands to the exact thickness of the panel receiving them. Use one of the guides as a thickness gauge to test the edge bands to ensure a tight fit. Then, follow the two steps shown in the photos.

If you like this project, please check out more than 1,000 shop-proven paper and downloadable woodworking project plans in the WOOD Store.


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