Iron-on edging for drawer fronts...opinions?

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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 02-02-2016 02:46 PM 492 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2016 02:46 PM

I’m designing/building a storage box for the back of a friend’s vehicle. The box will have two tall (8-10”) wide (36”) and deep (28”) drawers. Boxes will be 3/4” ply with 1/2” bottom (with support strips underneath), and use 220lb full extension drawer slides. Drawers will be inset, and have toggle latches on the front to prevent them from opening unintentionally. They will have recessed pulls on the front.

I was originally planning on 3/4” solid maple false fronts. However, given the height of the front (up to 10”) and the humidity swing in NY, I’m thinking about using 3/4”plywood, and iron on edge banding. The piece will be sprayed with opaque tinted Target EM6500 and a Superclear 9000 topcoat.

I’ve done the iron-on edging several times before, and never had any issues with it in the 3 years I’ve been using it. I iron it on, then trim it back with a block plane.

Has anybody had any experience using this method for drawer fronts? Any issues?

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#1 posted 02-02-2016 03:01 PM

I’ve done miles of edge banding and even though it’s durable (in a home environment) I wouldn’t use it for your application. I would use a solid wood trim glued and pinned on.

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 03:01 PM

Hey Ed. I’ve built cabinet drawers like this (3/4 birch plywood) for use in a shed. Although it is not used in a vehicle it is still exposed to environmental changes (upper midwest). I made sure the edge banding was sealed well. In my case we used three coats of armor seal per the customers request. I would think your plan will work well.

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