I started to build a sample – first of the kitchen cabinets. It’s one over the microwave and is a standalone. I wanted to check out my techniques.
Gluing on edge banding on the front edge of the plywood.
1 cabinet 21 X 24 X 12 and takes lost of clamps to glue on an edge band 1/8” thick on the front edge.
(Note: I’m doing European style cabinets and not face frame style.)
So I started to think about my options.
At the toy workshop we sometimes use rubber bands to hold small parts together while gluing. Cheap and easy.
Note to self – Rubber Bands are too short / small.
Ah! a big rubber band. I went to the local salvage tire dealer. – No one uses tubes in car tires any more. He suggested the truck tire place just up the street.
I walked in and said I need an old junk tube that I can cut up. Out he comes with a Lawnmower tube 16 X 8.5 X 9.5. I think is this going to work. The tube has a big hole in it. I take out my pocketknife and cut the tube apart. I then slice off a 1? slice – very rough and very ragged. But it stretched about 18”.
I also need something for the base cabinets. Do you also have a bigger tube I ask?
He shows up with a tractor-trailer tube with a hole the size of my fist missing. To self I think, Why would this tire be in his storeroom? I know – waiting for me.
So I take my two tubes to my car. Total cost $0.00. Thats American the price in your location might be different.
I come home and start cutting up the small tube. Because the outside is so much longer than the inside lots of pie shaped pieces are sitting in my trash can.
But I got this.
Twenty five rings. You can also notice the hole in the truck tube. These rings are 9” in a normal state and will stretch to 18”
The board on the top is to equalize the pressure across the whole edge band.
I started to cut the truck tube. Because it has a bigger hole radius, I have less tube being cut like a pie wedge.
I cut about 1/2 of the tube and got 25 rings there so I can probably get 50 rings.
The piece was 12” in a normal state and it stretched over 26” with no problem.
I tried to stretch it over a 31” piece of wood. This is the result.
You can stretch them too far. The sharp edge of the board could also have contributed to the problem.
I did find that the easiest way to cut them is:
I’m right handed so the tube is on the right, I held the piece that I was going to cut off in my left hand and I then held it that it wouldn’t slide as I cut. And then cut it off. Works pretty good.
1 hr time and zero cost. Have fun. Work safe.
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