I'm restoring an old chester drawers and decided to put a backboard on it, I
have a piece of 1/2" birch plywood that will come up over the back about 14"
high. I'll be cutting it into a rounded shape with some simple scrolling at
the top. My question is, what should I use to cover the edge of the plywood
so it doesn't show? Should I try a veneer, or is there some kind of applique
or flexible moulding I can use? I'm a newbie and would appreciate your
Veneer would work well, especially if it is not straight.
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If the scrolling doesn't contain any tight curves and you can get into
the curves to clamp it, veneer would work. I'd probably avoid the
self-adhesive stuff and the iron-on stuff won't work well.
Another alternative that you might use is make an applique of solid
wood to put along the top. This could be a piece of 3/4" stock with a
rabbet in the back for the plywood. At most the plywood gets a curve
across the top. The solid wood gets the scroll work and fancy stuff.
I know you asked specifically asked about plywood edging Tony, but can I
throw another idea your way? I'm not big on edgings. I've never liked the
looks of them and have often found that they don't stand up over time. Why
not get a couple of boards planed down to 1/2" so they match the thickness
of your plywood, then glue them up to make yourself a board that's little
more than the 14" that the crown is going to rise above the top of the chest
of drawers. Stop you plywood back a little shy of the top of the piece and
run the board the rest of the way. That way you have solid wood to work
with and no worries about having to put edge banding on. You also gain the
ability to route the edge designs instead of being limited to just a
> I know you asked specifically asked about plywood edging Tony, but can I
So basically you're saying that I could use the boards as sort of a crown
moulding? Or maybe like a frame? I like the sound of your idea, but I'm
just not sure I'm tracking you right here.
Barry, I've been using a program called SketchUp for doing my
woodworking drawings. It is incredibly fast and intutitive. It was
designed as computerized version of sketching on a napkin for
architects. Not really intended as a CAD drawing but because it will
allow you to add dimensions, I use it that way. 3D drawings are nice to
let other visualize what you have planned. I also have the client sit
down and tell me what they want while I draw. It's kind of like the
artists who draw crooks based on witness descriptions.
For this stuff of talking about ideas on the internet, I like it
because a picture is worth a thousand words.
If you want to see some other things I've drawn with it, there are a
bunch of drawings scattered through my album here:
Excellent representation Dave. And for the OP, I would be equally
comfortable supporting Dave's idea as well as my own. It's all a matter of
your preference, and to some degree, cost. Dave's idea would be cheaper
than mine, and adds a little design character that mine does not.
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