I am making a toy box for my grandson. I am copying this commercially
available toy box.
It will be made from plywood but I have to do a lot of edge banding with
solid wood to be able to round the edges as much as I want. I have a power
planer. Would you recommend planing all the solid wood to the same thickness
as the plywood (which means my gluing must be spot on) or would you leave it
oversize and use a block plane to make the edges match the plywood after
What he said, if the strips are really thin.
If the strips are tad thicker than normal to accommodate the shaping,
a router with a flush trim bit (bearing on the end away from the
shank) will also clean it up nicely. This is easier on a table with
a tall fence, or if you clamp a block to the side you're not cutting
to steady the router.
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Cool drawing! (BTW, you left your sunglasses on the table). Am I seeing a
table saw? I assume this is a technique for ripping thin strips??? If it is
a technique using the flush trim bit, I'm having some trouble figuring out
what I am looking at.
You must observe grain when doing that. The bit can catch and lift/
tear the banding.
Climb-cutting will make that a little better.
If you have a lot of that kind of work to do, put a board between the
fence and a dado blade. Elevate the dado to be flush with the top of
that board, then run your edge over the dado. I have done thousands of
feet of edging that way with fast reliable results. Then I used this
I just figured out what the picture was that you sent in another posting. It
was this technique with the dado blade. Very cool idea. Thanks. I don't have
that much to do but I have filed this technique away for future use.
I clicked the url, so I am curious which box you choose to build?
It is my experience that those treasures that grandpa built live
through generations, so I know that price isn't the object, but that
solid wood box for $115 looks hard to beat against the price of good
plywood and the labor to edgeband...which begs the question, why not
go with solid wood?
I have had success with making solid wood edgebands at the same
specification as the roundover bit that I intend to use...such as
3/8s, if I want a full roundover on a three/quarter ply...trim and
shape at the same time...you run the router on the surface, rather
than the edge.
You can cut your bands wide, then overhang the router bit into the cut
by placing plystock behind the band...to run the router on...and
dropping the bit to run flush(+) with your workpiece...it's
easy...block sand to finish.
There is little doubt that I could buy something cheaper than it will cost
me to make it but that is not why we do this stuff! Also, the furniture in
the child's room is all birch finished with a redwood stain. This wll match.
Good point on making edgebands at the same specification as the roundover
bit - thanks
This is the one place where I use a scraper. I am not much of a hand
tool guy but I make the bands about 1/16th over sized, glue them with
1/32 over and under and then scrape the down to the ply and finla hand
sane. The veneers now days are so thin on ply that sanding through is
a big risk.
Also, on square ply that will be banded 4 sides, I run the ply long in
one direction. Then I band across the properly cut direction but run
the bands about 1/4 in long.. After it dries I cut it to size on the
TS. You have to play some games on the fence side for the first cut
but that's easy to figure out. Then I band the other side, again
running them long, then flush cut with a japan saw and plane\sand out
the butt corners.
Think about where on your project you can run them long, trim and then
run over nad cut to a butt in the other. Much easier and more precise
then trying to glue them on at the right length.
Yeah, I do that sometimes.
I'm just saying do 2 parallel sides with hard bands running long off
each end. Then trim them and the ply at the same time to finish size.
Now you have two sides with perefectly flush cut edges. So the ply
neede to be oversized in the one diomension when you started so you
can trim it down to size and trim the bands at the same time.
Then band the other two sides, run long and trim flush just the bands.
I love to type.
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