Anyone who has tried to edge-band plywood, or fit molding or trim around an existing panel, has at one time or another cut a piece of banding too short.

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Gap in corner of boards

Anyone who has tried to edge-band plywood, or fit molding or trim around an existing panel, has at one time or another cut a piece of banding too short – leaving a gap where a tight miter should be. Here's a handy fix that doesn't require going back to cut new pieces ... by "stretching" the too-short workpiece.

Trim along the inside

By removing material from the inside edge of each adjacent banding piece, you effectively "lengthen" your banding to close the gap. Remove a small amount with each pass, checking your progress as you go.

Showing lines on inside edge of frame

Rip away a little material

If your banding is wide enough to safely cut on a tablesaw, you can dial in repeatable cuts easily on that machine. But if the gap you're trying to close is a small one, try making a few passes with a hand plane.

Long board thru table saw
No gap in corner

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