Edge banding can be done in a variety of ways. You can buy thin veneers that can be applied to the plywood either with contact cement or by using the banding tape that comes with an iron on adhesive. While this is the most commonly used option, it is by no means durable and can actually limit your design options. This Instructable will cover using solid wood as edge banding. These techniques can also speed up the process, allowing you to do production runs more effectively.
Tools and Materials Required:
- Lumber at least 1/4 of an inch thicker than your plywood
- Table saw
- Hand held electric planer
- 1/4 sheet or orbital sander
- Wood glue
- Packing tape
- Bar clamps
- Block plane
Step 1: Cutting the Banding
To cut the banding, you'll need to use a table saw (a band saw with a fence can also be utilized). The thickness of your banding will depend on your design, but it should be at least 1/8 of an inch thick. This will give you enough material to work with while still allowing it to be flexible enough to conform around curved profiles.
Set the fence of the saw to the desired dimension. While cutting thin parts in this fashion can increase the danger in using the saw, this will allow you to get uniform cuts every time, especially if you need a lot of banding. Depending on the design of the saw, you may need to remove the blade guard. Always take precaution when doing this, and always wear safety glasses when using power tools.
When you are finished, cut the piece so that it is four to six inches longer than the edge of your plywood.