Shop Made Edge Bander

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Project by cstrang posted 01-02-2010 10:22 PM 18971 views 26 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s not pretty… but it works! After being sick of ironing edges onto plywood and having the luxury of using a $25,000 edge bander at school I figured there had to be a better way to do this at home, not wanting to shell out $400 for the General model (pictured to the right) I decided to take this idea, buy a $20 heat gun and use some scrap I had around the shop. I used melamine for the table and MDF for the rest, I rapped the MDF section where the glue melts in some metal duct I had left over from when I put in my dust collection system. I have used it a few times and so far… no fires, I was watching it like a hawk the first few times I had it going because it can get pretty hot. I had to put some metal guards where there were some problem areas so that should prevent any spontaneous combustion lol.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 01-02-2010 10:37 PM

Looks dang good to me. Wow, you did an excellent job with it. Very useful tool to. And a whole lot cheaper too.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 10:38 PM

Never having gone to woodworking school, nor worked in a cabinet shop, I don’t know how this works. Could you please explain? I understand the heat melts the glue, and I have used an iron to attach edging, but I’ve never been satisfied with my results. Any help would be appreciated.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 10:41 PM

Having taken another look at your pics, I think I’ve figured it out. Still, any comments would be welcome. And Jerry is right, it does look dang good.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 01-02-2010 10:58 PM

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-02-2010 11:07 PM

No, Charlie- Really Hot!!

Nicely Done, Chris.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-02-2010 11:08 PM

I do have one observation … I would think that you would need a shallow dado at the edge of the fence so that you can overhang edging on both sides (top and bottom.) Is this not the case with this type of edger?

Well done! Not bad for $20 eh?

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#7 posted 01-02-2010 11:11 PM

Now that’s some smart thinking.

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 11:17 PM

Very cool super jig . Id make one except in twenty years of making cabinets I only used factory banding twice,
all the rest I’ve used 5/8 hardwood.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 01-03-2010 01:11 AM

Nice job, I need to try building this jig. Thanks for sharing.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#10 posted 01-03-2010 01:35 AM

nailbanger2, when the glue melts you feed it by the rubber wheel and slide your workpiece against the fence so it catches with the banding, as you slide your workpiece along it takes the banding past the hot air melting more glue and attaching itself to the board in the process, when your board is finished you cut the tape and repeat with another board. Here is a quick video I made

ChunkyC, I thought I may have to do this but the banding comes out flush with the bottom and only requires trimming on the top side.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#11 posted 01-03-2010 02:28 AM

cool no sorry hot jig that duble the use of a heatgun
if you have to use band edge


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#12 posted 01-03-2010 04:16 AM

i love it when a plan comes togeather..and when you invent a way to do it your self…good job….ive founf my own way of dealing with it…i just done build with plywood…, but if i want to copy your jig….what a hottie…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 01-03-2010 04:47 AM

Thanks, cstrang, that was how I envisioned it. Does the banding tape stain close to the ply?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#14 posted 01-03-2010 07:08 AM

Now I know what an edgebander is used for??

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#15 posted 01-03-2010 11:19 AM

You sir have gone past Cool Jig and barreled straight into Awesome Contraption \o/

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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