I'm getting ready for this entertainment center I've been planning. 3/4"
maple veneer plywood that I bought 1/4" thinck banding for. I was planning
to set this onto an existing sideboard, at least for starters. So I'd
thoguht of having a bottom for this with 4 uprights resting on this. Wide
middle for the TV with sliding doors to hide it that slide left and right
in front of bookcase-like sets of shelves that are each about half the
width of the middle.
Questions: On that bottom, do I attach the outside uprights by butting or
dadoing them onto the bottom (with Dominos as strengthening)? Then how do
I put banding on the narrow outside edges of the bottom?
If I correctly envision your question ... in almost all cases it is best
to apply the edge banding first, them cut your dadoes/rabbets with the
banding already in place ... makes for a much better fit and takes less
CAVEAT: when dadoing through edge banded stock, it is generally a good
idea to tape/or back up the exit point of the router bit or dado stack
blade so the banding won't tear out, the entry point is less vulnerable
since it is effectively backed up already.
Although I know this/better, I had a situation where I had to do just
the opposite today ... AMMOF, just spent the last three hours banding
3/4" maple plywood with glue-on banding and cleaning up the existing
dadoes, covered up by the banding application, with a chisel.
Sloppy and time consuming ... fresh on my mind, and still wearing the
sawdust as I type this. :(
I'll double on Swingman's warning. You can even do
both. A friend who works cutting through banding also
scores the profile of the through cut on exit face of
with a sharp knife. I can see this makes sense if you don't
the banding up but my ability to fully reason to the benefit
he finds in doing it with redundant back up doesn't fully
equal his faith in adding that as a third step. Side-by-side
trials would put Doubting Thomas to rest though.
Another nod to the
simple and obvious is that the sharper your bit,
the less potential for tearout you'll have, especially on
I'm ignorant of what awpb is or I'd have a look at your
Thugh I know this/better, I had a situation where I had to
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