Solid Wood Edging For Plywood

Ask any carpenter and he is going to tell you that plywood is the best material for making any kind of furniture. The frames 35 and 97 can be vertically adjusted together with the dogs 10% to vary the number of plywood panels in the batches 49 and 110, within the limits of the height of the dogs whereby a minimum of one panel may be moved, or as illustrated in FIGURES 2 and 4, a maximum of three. This smooths the veneer and helps work the glue into the layers of the plywood.

GLUE ON. By far the simplest method of installing edging (and the one I use most often) is to glue it directly to the plywood, see drawing at right. So for all of your metal edge plywood case requirements, have a browse through our extensive website or simply contact one of our in house consultants. Since you have a router… If the plywood edge is cut well, and your solid stock is relatively straight, the only other things you need are a pattern bit, glue, and blue tape. Next, set your table saw blade about 1/2 in. higher than the thickness of the material.

If your longest clamps are too short, simply clamp a board to the plywood as an anchor, see drawing at right. Bond the female trim onto the fibreglass, plywood.metal etc using the self adhesive edge trim bonding tape. A frame 14 is positioned adjacent the elevator 12 and has a horizontal table 15 supported thereon. Wood edging glues up fine with just clamping, like for dividers, slab doors, and leading edges for frameless carcasses. For routing I usually apply a round over, thumbnail detail or other shape to the solid wood nosing. When properly applied, the 1/4-inch strip becomes almost invisible as it blends in with the plywood.

To avoid this problem we started using exterior plywood laminated with matching plastic laminate for the deck in cabinets with plumbing. Set the router bit so the cutter is just a hair beyond the bottom edge of the glued-on strip. It helps if you have a fence on the table that you can raise up the width of the exposed portion of the male piece, allowing it to go under the fence.


Feel the joint with your fingertip and adjust the nosing until the top is a hair’s width above the plywood as you tighten the clamps. If there is a slight crack where the strip fails to seal properly against the plywood, putty can then be applied to hide the crack. If you don’t own a table saw, you can cut a clean, accurate edge on plywood by clamping a straightedge to the sheet and using it as a guide for your circular saw. It has a shorter working time, so it sets up quickly, which helps keep the edging from sliding around.

Green plastic laminate counters from Laminati give this room color — a simple and cost-effective way to bring accents into the house, Stern says. Since a rough edge will be harder for the veneer to adhere to, begin by sanding the edge of the plywood smooth. If I’m making cabinets, I usually glue the edging flush on one face and leave the other a bit over size (up to an eight or so).

The use of melamine is still pretty extensive in the commercial cabinet and fixture industry, but most of our residential clients prefer wood. I get two shelves out of my system at a time and have enough clamps to have the operation go in circles until I am done. Because this product is plastic based, ordinary adhesives will interact with the plastic causing a bond failure. The t-molding plastic edging can help in preserving the life of such type of furniture and can also give them a very nice look as well.

One method is to cover the edges of the wood with strips of thin wood tape, similar to veneer. Dried glue smears are hard to see and can cause trouble when you apply finish to the plywood. It is glued onto the edge of the plywood in a similar manner as 1/4-inch strips but after it is applied to the edge, masking tape is used to hold in in place while the glue dries. I think alot of woodworkers find this last step to be the most intimidating part of the plywood process but can be easy and effective when some simple hand tools are used.

If I go the solid wood route that would necessitate a router table of some kind, so another mini project and expense (which would be worthwhile in the long run), but another impediment right now. The Achilles’ heel of melamine is the particleboard edge, which is more vulnerable to damage than plywood or solid wood. I don’t want thick edge banding to mess up the look of the continuous plywood grain.

A standard approach on shelving (which works on doors as well) is to glue a solid strip of wood to the edge. You can now lightly sand the top and bottom faces of the plywood where it meets the edge banding. A still further object of the invention is to provide a plywood edging machine of the class described above having means for flattening a warped panel and maintaining the warped panel in flat condition during the edging operation. The last step is to finish-sand the face of the plywood and edging using an orbital sander.