As everyone else suggests, use a hard wood edge. I usually slice 3/8"
wide strips from 4/4 stock. Do this on the outside of the tablesaw
blade. There are some tricks to this, if anyone asks, I'll explain.
Or you can use a strip of moulding for a fancier edge. I like using a
bell curve profile but half rounds can work too.
In our shop we apply these using tape instead of clamps (no nail holes
or clamp dents). You can get some kind of stretchy tape just for this
or use masking. Just be careful that the tape doesn't pull up grain of
veener. This should be OK on Birch, Oak or mahogany can be a problem.
Make the strip a little wider than the ply. Glue it up so the bottom
is flush and the top rides high. Then use a scraper to pull the top
down flush, just until you take a shave of the veneer. I am a power
tool guy all the way but this is pretty much the best use of a scraper
I've seen and the best way to pull down the hard wood edge that I've
If you are going to use edge banding (the glued/ironed on veneer
strip) make sure to fill any voids if you are using veneer core ply.
MDF core is better for this, no voids. Voids will telegraph and/or be
points of bad adhesion. I wouldn't edge band this application, but if
you do, really pull the edge down away from the top to minimize and
nicking of the edge band when removing iotems.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Malcolm Webb) wrote in message
Thanks to all for the helpful tips on edging plywood. Much appreciated.
Does anyone have any ideas on the best finish for edge-banded birch
plywood. The bookcase will be in a room furnished with beech furniture on
a cedar hardwood floor. I am thinking of using brushing wax.
Many thanks in advance.
I wouldn't use wax on a bookshelf. Over a period of time, the bottom edges
of the books will start to pick it up and negatively affect the paper edges
of those books. My best recommendation is a gel stain and then some type of
polyurethane to seal it.
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