Hi all, I'm an intermediate skilled woodworker (ok maybe a hyped up novice!
;-) but i'm curious about the technique of laminating a surface and then
edging it in a hardwood and having it remain flush. I work with buscuits
alot and that part is not difficult, but what about the sanding and
finishing and having that edge "perfectly" flat with the laminate along with
not damaging the laminate. Just curiuos how you all do it. thanks
Try FWW (Fine Woodworking mag) #156, June 2002 - cover article is "Six
ways to edge plywood". Searching for "edge banding" will help too.
1. Thin veneer tape with hot-melt glue.
2. Thin solid wood strip, glued on.
3. Vee'd wood strip.
4 & 5. Tongue and grooved wood strip.
6. Thick wood strip, with spline.
1. is the well-known "DIY chipboard furniture" tape. But done
carefully, it can give good (if not hard-wearing) results and an
2. is more robust, and barely visible.
3. is the best of the "invisible" techniques. It needs a pair of
matched router cutters, as are used to make butterfly keys. The
banded-on strip is substantial and strong, but has invisibly thin
4 & 5 are similar, but one puts the tongue onto the strip and one onto
the plywood. Grooving the edge band requires a wider strip, but it can
be an attractive contrast. 6. is similar to this, but uses an added
spline between two grooves (often easier and stronger). It also has
the advantage of using the same groove machining setup on both sides,
not requiring a tongue to be cut.
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
I hand file 'em with a good sharp flat file. It's coming flush when you see
the glue line start to pull. Takes a little practice but works well. Then
mask the laminate and hand sand the hardwood with 320 apply finish to
hardwood sparingly as to not build a ridge at the mask line and pull the
masking off when the finish is not fully hardened. may need to folow with
some 600 on any high spots but with practice thats not too often.
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