Follow us on Pinterest
Welcome, Guest! Log In  |  Join Now
More
Close

Edge-Banding Basics

Plywood and melamine-coated particleboard have plenty of advantages over solid stock, but you do need to cover their unsightly edges.

Pages in this Story:
Edge-Banding Basics
259_1_1

Edge-Banding Basics

The easy way to dress up the edges of sheet goods. Plywood and melamine-coated particleboard have plenty of advantages over solid stock, but you do need to cover their unsightly edges. In our shop, adhesive-backed edge banding does the trick splendidly -- and doesn't require any special tools.


Edge banding comes in species to match most hardwood plywoods including birch, cherry, mahogany, red oak, walnut, and white oak. It's also available in white, black, and almond shades of polyester plastic for edging melamine-coated particleboard. You'll most commonly find it in 13/16"-wide strips (for 3/4" sheet goods) in lengths of 8', 50', or 250'. This wood-veneer or plastic "tape" is backed with a hot-melt adhesive that forms a tough bond with plywood or particleboard edges. If you don't find it at your local home center, call the sources listed at the end of this article.

Edge-banding's advantage over solid-wood edging We've found commercially made edge banding to be easier to work with, faster to install, and better-looking than solid-wood edging that we make in our own shop. That's because commercial edge banding requires no clamping, produces no glue squeeze-out, and is less noticeable than solid strips that are 1/4"-or-so thick. You can even apply edge banding to curved edges -- try doing that with solid strips! And edge banding holds up great so long as it's applied properly.


Continued on page 2:  Instructions I

 

close


Comments (1)
7908190847
gunneynm2 wrote:

Thank You for the edge banding education! I've been agonizing for sometime now how to handle the edge between the "under" farm sink and the formica top to come. Very short radii negated using formica for inside curves. Thank You again for an idea!!

4/26/2013 09:26:51 PM Report Abuse

Add your comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Register | Log In

Please confirm your comment by answering the question below and clicking "Submit Comment."

 

 
 
Connect With Us
more smart savings
  • Recent Posts
  • Top Posts
See More >