Painting plywood - edge finishing

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Topic tags/keywords: finishing question plywood edge finishing

My next project is a simple plywood stool that will be painted. I would like to do a little something to the edge so the layers of the ply aren’t super visible . I do not want to add the glue on edging nor a hard wood.

Solutions I have found are: wood putty, and elastomeric paint.

Other suggestions?

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#1 posted 1209 days ago

Depending on the type of ply you are using , use wood glue and thin it a little, ,or mix the glue with fine saw dust ,and thin it a little more, sand smooth when dry
Don’t use to much, just fill the pores
Try it on some scrap first

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#2 posted 1209 days ago

Have a look this LJs project. He explains an esay way to finish the edge of plwood.
The only other option I can think of is a slot cutter and the T type edging. I’d try the elastomeric paint.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 1209 days ago

E J, thanks, I had forgotten about wood flour and glue. Application method? small Popsicle stick? brush?

Darrell, that’s the project that suggested the elastomeric paint. I don’t have any of this paint and it’s pretty pricey for a small project. Lowe’s has some in a spray can, instead of $25+ for a gallon. might try that. Thanks.

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#4 posted 1209 days ago

i’ve used bondo
and sheet rock mud too

filling the pores
and sanding
till it is smooth
then paint

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 1209 days ago

I’m lazy I use veneer.


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#6 posted 1209 days ago

Like Jamie says, I would use iron on veneer edge banding.

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#7 posted 1208 days ago

iron on edge banding for interior work. thin cut hardwood glued and pinned for rough work and exterior.

-- I cut it 3 times and it was still too short?!?

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#8 posted 1208 days ago

Sheet Rock mud, like Patron said or glue sizing (wall paper). I’ve used both where the edges were rounded over and edge banding wasn’t practical. They both are some work and sanding.


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#9 posted 1208 days ago

I’ve used lightweight spackelding compound for the filler and sanded for painted stuff. It worked pretty good, but I usually use iron-on veener edge banding.

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#10 posted 1208 days ago

i remember another L.J doing a kids bunkbed where he used epoxy something or other for the edges, let me peek around ill find the project, but his edges looked great

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#11 posted 1208 days ago

What bubinga said… Wood glue dilluted and fine saw dust to fill the pores. Of course you could use wood putty to fill the pores as well…

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#12 posted 1207 days ago

Would anyone happen to know if grain filler would work? I have a similar project in the works using 3/4” maple/birch.

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