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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 08:33 AM

Nope…..sorry TCCcabinetmaker…you missed it too…...

What I would use is iron-on edge banding…It’s easy to use, and covers all the exposed edges of raw plywood….even on curves like the toybox. It comes in 25’ rolls, and you can either get it at woodworking suppliers like Rockler, Woodworkers Supply, Lowes, or Home Depot. It has glue already on the back, and comes in widths of 3/4”—13/16ths”.....The ply wood today is not 3/4” wide, so the 3/4” banding should work. Go to Google and look up applying edge-banding. There’s a video on how to apply it….cut off the length you need, pre-heat the iron on cotton setting, and start applying it by ironing it on, making sure it sticks down good…don’t stay too long in one spot….you’ll scorch the banding. It’ll work on curves, straight, and rounded curves. Once you get a strip ironed on, let it cool for about a minute, and take a J-roller, or a small block of wood and press it down making sure the banding has stuck down good…..trim off the edges where needed. Do that all the way around the project till you’ve covered all the exposed edges….just take your time and do it right. Once all the edges are covered, go back and sand off or file the over-hanging edges flush with the comes off easily once cooled. Be sure to “butt up” all the edges where the banding meets…..Once all the edges are cleaned up, and checked, you’re ready to paint…I build custom furniture, and have used edge-banding on all exposed plywood edges….especially on carcusses and drawers (sometimes ), but most times I use hardwood edging on all drawer faces….Nearly all of the cabinets in my shop have edge banding on them…even drawers…..I’ve used hundreds of feet of this stuff, and it works…you can stain it, paint it, or just leave it natural, but in your case, just paint it…..that’s it…piece of cake….One thing I would suggest: make a couple of test pieces since you’ve never used it before….figure out how it works first before tackling your project…...good luck….

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