Low Entertainment Center #2: Edge banding, dadoes, and rabbets

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 09-07-2009 01:12 AM 3166 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Low Entertainment Center Pt. 1 Part 2 of Low Entertainment Center series Part 3: Biscuits, dry assembly, clamping strategies, and glueup »

If there is one major negative aspect to working with plywood and other sheetgoods, its the fact that we have to deal with the ugly exposed edges. But with a little know-how and some strips of wood, you can dress up the edges so that only a trained eye can tell that the board is not completely made of solid wood.

A few of the topics covered in this part:
- Edge-banding options.
- Sources for solid wood edge-banding.
- Attaching edgbanding to sheetgoods and trimming it flush with the surface.
- Cutting grooves and rabbets for the back panels with a router and edge guide.
- Using an inexpensive miter box.

New Plan
If you are interested, we now have a digital plan available for this project. The set includes a PDF plan/cutlist and a full-featured Sketchup file. The download is available in the Wood Whisperer Store.

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 03:55 AM

Marc – Thanks again for another fantastic video!

-- James -

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 09:06 AM

Good show!! :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 10:50 AM

Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 02:13 PM

Thank you. Your clear informative vids are a mainstay of my learning. I watch them all.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 09-11-2009 06:21 PM

Great, coherent explanation and quality video. Ypu are a quality carpenter and a great communicator. Please keep producing videos. They are really outstanding.

Farmer John in NJ

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