Solid wood edge on MDF Core?

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Forum topic by londonlad posted 02-13-2010 01:12 AM 2120 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2010 01:12 AM

I’m considering a project that involves a circular VENEERED table top with a fancy edge treatment that would require solid wood.

I’d like to use MDF as the core to minimize the possibility of movement but I’m really scratching my head as to how it might be possible to add perhaps a 1½” band of solid lumber around the MDF core.

Can anyone provide the brilliance I’m so obviously lacking??



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#1 posted 02-13-2010 01:18 AM

how thick is the MDF? if its thick enough rip a dado/groove in the edge and then on your banding cut a corresponding ridge to fit in the groove, miter the edges to fit afterwards. also leave your edge banding a little proud so that you can sand it down to perfectly flush.

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 01:45 AM

Clifftons approach works fine.

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 02:29 AM

I’m definitely missing something here.

The table top might well be ¾” thick – certainly enough to add a dado groove all the way around but how on earth do i cut the solid wood “ring” accurately enough to go around an MDF circle. The slightest gap between the edge and the core would (i’m pretty sure) show through the veneer

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 04:46 AM

cut the “ring” of real wood and use a router to cut the ridge in the ring to glue into the dado cut in the circle top. use a miter to make shallow joints between each individual part of the ring.

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 02:36 PM

Use a circle cutting jig for a router to cut the curved pieces of trim. You don’t need rabbits, you can just glue them right to the MDF, one segment at a time.

You can apply the edge after veneering, or before, and veneer over it. But, if you veneer over the joint, you might want to use a 2 ply veneer so the joint doesn’t telegraph through the veneer.

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 07:44 PM

Use a couple of biscuits. They work as anything, just go light on the glue on the MDF side.

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