I have used the iron-on wood veneeer tape on relatively simple projects with
good results, but have not had enough experience to evaluate the long-term
durability of the material. I'm now starting a rather nice TV table with
quartersawn oak top and ends and plywood shelves. I'm debating whether to
use the veneer tape or to glue strips of oak to the edges. Advice sought.
I've had "reasonable" results with it, but I used a heat gun to
apply it instead of an iron. It still looks OK.
I did a little testing first since it was edging for plywood, and
the results were much better on a finely sanded edge, almost a
final finish sanding (220 grit). It's been about three years and
still looks OK.
One thing about this type; it's easier to cut and angle little
cutouts, etc., if it's necessary, which it was in my case.
I'm sure ymmv.
I've only used the iron on edging for a painted project so don't know
how it takes stain but it has held up well. I made four cubbies and
ironed the edging on the face of them. Three years later with blocks
and dolls smacked into them, an occasional bump with the vaccum and
only one small chip. It would probably hold up fine but I don't think
you'll be able to hide the seam well enough for a stained project.
I have been using it for years with good results. The only failure that I
know of was on a curved
surface. I made our kitchen table out of 3/4" oak plywood and edge banding
in 1990 and its
holding up well.
For projects where it doesn't matter how much it gets banged up, I've used
iron on edging and it's always stayed on fine. For those projects where I
consider them to be a finer piece of work, I use the wood veneer edging (not
iron on) and white glue to attach them. In both cases, to date, I haven't
experienced any failures.
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