3/4" Russian Birch Plywood - Sealing the exposed edges?

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Forum topic by BigFoot Products Canada posted 05-17-2010 02:24 PM 2958 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2010 02:24 PM

As some of you know I’ve purchased a Laser Engraver and have been making several signs etc.
I’ve recently got a big sign job “Front Yard Sign” with the peoples name and address.
I’ve designed a fancy border with curves etc. in it and have cut the finished piece out.
It will not be painted. I’ve bought an expensive sealer that I’ve been assured will protect the surface, BUT…..
Here is my question.. does anyone have any recomendations on what I should seal the edges with???
I’ve thought about maybe painting them with a good outdoor paint.. it’s been suggested that I could put a solid wood edge around it but that’s a lot of work.
Any SUGGESTIONS would be appreciated

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#1 posted 05-17-2010 02:35 PM

A couple coats of TiteBond III followed by a good all weather paint or Marine varnish such as McCloskys Man-O-War would do the trick. Or, the expensive sealer you use for the face.

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#2 posted 05-18-2010 02:56 AM

I use a thin epoxy like West Systems. After one coat, the edges can be sanded to a glass like smoothness.

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#3 posted 05-18-2010 06:40 AM

Titebond lll is a good suggestion. I’ve used the “Iron ON” or “Heat Applied” Wood Veneer Edging. It comes in various Widths, Lengths and Types of Wood.

2 years ago I wouldn’t have touched the stuff but a Friend who is an Excellent Cabinet Maker talked me into trying it on a Mahogany Plwood Bookshelf I was making with all exposed edges. We just used an old Iron I had. 20 Minutes it was done and Once that stuff is ON, it’s ON! Quick, easy to do, light sanding arond the edges, ready to finish. Might be to costly for you, don’t know.

I think someone makes a special Heart Shaped Iron, about 2” Long and about 1” at the widest part, for Curves and Tight Spots.


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