Edge Banding Particle Board with Solid Hardwood

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Blog entry by John Gray posted 07-02-2009 05:37 AM 6250 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m building an 18” V-Drum Sander from Stockroom Supply. I was given a Particle Board piece to use as a top it’s laminated with a thin slick veneer top and bottom. I’d like to band the edges with Oak that I already cut and mitered. The question is how to attach the Oak to the Particle Board edges? I’m read plenty of horror stories about splitting the Particle Board when using screws and/or nails to attach it. I was planning on using 18 gauge brads, from an air nailer or pre drilling and using some screws. Does anyone have experience with a project like this that could help me with my decision? I was planning on using Titebond.

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#1 posted 07-02-2009 05:45 AM

Do you have a 23 gauge pin nailer? The pins won’t cause splits. (Nice excuse to buy a new tool!) I think your choice of glue is OK.

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 05:51 AM

What about pocket holes? They have screws for about any wood.

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 06:44 AM

i like the idea of pocket screws i would only add biscuits would also be another good choice

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#4 posted 07-02-2009 06:49 AM

Check out this video on the woodwhisperers site. It will probably answer your question. I especially like the part about brad nails and blue tape (hint)

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#5 posted 07-02-2009 06:59 AM

Use dark colored dowels for a nice look.

You can’t get much stronger than that if you put them every 4-7” or so.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 07-02-2009 03:34 PM

I don’t know about the thickness of your particle board but I’ve used these router bits they work great.

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 04:25 PM

Have you thought about biscuits? Smaller ones would 0 or 10 would probably work just fine.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#8 posted 07-02-2009 04:43 PM

I am worried that the glue/moisture might swell the particle board. And I do not have an extra piece of particle board to use as a ginny pig.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 07-14-2009 05:19 PM

Here’s how I did it and it worked great. I predrilled the edging and the particle board. Then counter sunk both sides of the trim too leave room on the inside for the particle board to “pooch out” when the screws were installed, particle board and MDF will swell when/where a screw is installed, countersinking leaves room for this. I predrilled the holes for the screws with the recommended drill and used straight shank/thread screws. Adda little yellow glue to the joints and assemble….it worked great.

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