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Clean up edge banding using your tablesaw

Clean up edge banding using your tablesaw

When edge-banding plywood with solid stock, completing the corner joints can be a nuisance. Cutting off the jutting excess banding with a handsaw can leave scars, and sanding seems to take forever. Here's a way to clean up that excess.

Make the opposite edges of a scrapwood spacer block parallel to each other. (The exact width of the piece doesn't matter, but a few inches is all you'll need.) Now, set up your tablesaw fence to remove just a whisker more than the blade's width from the end of one edge so it looks like the spacer block shown in the drawing at right.

Without moving the fence, lay your spacer block against the fence and a piece of scrap against the spacer block and push both a couple of inches into the blade. If the scrap makes contact with the blade, move the fence a tiny bit closer to the blade. Finally, set aside your test scrap, replace it with your edge-banded workpiece, and run the banding through the saw as shown. Touch up the end of the joint with a sanding block.

-- Chuck Hedlund, WOOD® magazine staff

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Comments (15)
gcoyne wrote:

So who is the one who operates their table saw this way? The guy with no thumbs. That has to be the worst visual I think I've ever seen in any wood tip section. Hands down!

9/10/2015 01:21:33 PM Report Abuse
mappcs2570232 wrote:

After using this set up you still have to clean up the saw marks on the edge banding.

2/4/2011 05:05:13 PM Report Abuse
shepard3080 wrote:

using afile works without marking and safer

10/21/2010 03:25:22 PM Report Abuse
ronaldcolby wrote:

Why not just use a Japanese or dovetail saw.

10/14/2010 10:52:36 AM Report Abuse
glued2 wrote:

Well, how about if you guys acknowledge the concept and implement it in a way you consider safer. The concept is sound... it's a like a short jointing setup in reverse. Sounds like some of you are forgetting the task is just to trim off the little bit of 1/4" thick edge banding. The thing about the tip I found is it refers to a test setup that "looks like the spacer block shown in the drawing at right" but they forgot to include that drawing. Oh, well...I understand what it showed.

7/23/2010 10:15:02 AM Report Abuse
benttool wrote:

Buy and learn to properly use a PLANE guys... please! I'll be done before you even finish making the jig.

7/22/2010 05:08:00 PM Report Abuse
jtalbotjr wrote:

Again, a couple of screws and a block of wood so you can clamp this to the rip fence and keep your thumb away from the blade.

7/22/2010 02:23:52 PM Report Abuse
bjg_afp wrote:

yup ok..but my scrap piece would be a lot longer and my hand would be farther back.

7/4/2010 10:32:03 AM Report Abuse
bigkaraokesteve wrote:


5/11/2010 08:06:11 PM Report Abuse
cparker3 wrote:

Wow! I can see another law suit in the making.

5/9/2010 09:23:57 PM Report Abuse
bobgnar2057967 wrote:

If the fence and spacer block are proper, then the only think to do is freeze the spacer and advance the workpiece into the blade. A dedicated spacer block is what you need.

5/8/2010 11:37:19 PM Report Abuse
dusty561 wrote:

He's only trimming the very end off of the edge banding,NOT running the entire board through the blade.The picture DOES look dangerous at first,IF you don't read the story and comprehend what it says.I see no need to run the two set-up pieces "a couple inches into the blade" You shouldn't need to exceed the thickness of the banding very much to determine if it hits the side banding.

5/8/2010 01:41:18 PM Report Abuse
H.ray wrote:

DUHHHHH, must be a novice on the job. Send 'em in for an eye exam before they loose an index finger or thumb. (aladnlas)

5/8/2010 11:52:46 AM Report Abuse
fbernier1 wrote:

I am employed in a hospital, pictures like this will keep me employed!!

5/8/2010 06:16:36 AM Report Abuse
aamyot wrote:

I agree! One slip and bye-bye thumb

5/7/2010 01:53:04 PM Report Abuse

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