The last time I did this, the exposed part of the banding was only
1/4" thick. However, the plywood had a 1/2" x 1/2" groove routed in
it, so the actual size of the banding was 3/4" x 3/4". Think of a big
tongue-and-groove - very strong and easy to apply (less clamping was
needed since the banding was less flexible).
If you can get stock a little thicker than the ply, and sand or scrape
it (or even trim router it) flush, you may end up with a better match.
for 3/4" ply, I generally like to go either as thin as I can (make it
disappear) or else a little bit over 1". I think 1-1/4" or so looks
sharp as an edge for horizontal surfaces like tabletops and shelves.
Well, wood tape (veneer, actually) works well with either contact
or with white glue (PVA). For white glue, paint the edge and veneer,
then iron-on to make the attachment. I've heard of edge-banding with
a commercial product that has hotmelt glue already on the tape, but
I'm also toying with cutting a V profile in the plywood, then glueing
triangle strip (45-45-90 degree triangle ripped from an edge of a
It's comfortably wider than the plywood, easy to trim neatly with
even hand-planes. Cutting the plywood and clamping the strip in place
are slightly challenging, though.
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