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04-14-2012 08:01 PM

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I’m building a new router table top. I’ve laminated two pieces of MDF (3/4”) and covered with Formica on both sides. I want to add hardwood banding around all edges. Will simply gluing the hardwood to the edges be sufficient or should I use some sort of metal fastener? I intended to use pocket screws, but when I drilled the first pocket hole it came out right in the center seam and slightly split the joint between the MDF slabs. How have you guys done it?

-- Fast is fine, but accurate is final. The real trick is learning to take your time when you're in a hurry. - Wyatt Earp


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#1 posted 04-14-2012 11:37 PM

I always use countersunk screws. And if you want you can plug them and sand them down smooth.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 12:28 AM

I just glued mine on my router table, just make sure that your edges are clean and straight, and you use plenty of clamps and it should hold for many years. (And look a little prettier than screws) To some that doesn’t matter but I am not one of those. All my shop fixtures and furniture match :)

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 01:07 AM

Glue and nails is the easy way to do it. Countersink the nail
heads and fill if desired. The edge cannot be shaped without
damaging tools if nails are used. I use 18 ga brads usually.
Clamps can be used of course and the effect if sometimes
worth the extra effort.

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 01:09 AM

Just glue but coat both surfaces. Any fastener into the edge of MDF is looking for a place to bulge.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 01:16 AM

Good point Lee. I seldom edge band MDF and I guess I haven’t
thought about the issues in awhile.

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#6 posted 04-15-2012 02:03 AM

The contact glue that you used on the formica faces would probably work real good on the banding also.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 04-15-2012 02:35 AM

I banded mine with oak using just (titebond III) glue, then laminated it and chamfered the edges…

-- Rick

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#8 posted 04-15-2012 01:25 PM

Hey, everybody. Thank you for all of your suggestions. After consideration, I’ve decided to simply glue with Titebond III. I’ll use plenty of clamps as you suggested LukieB. @Bluepine38: I like your idea of using the contact cement, but I’ve mitered the corners and due to the precision required in placing the banding I doubt if I’d have much success getting it right.
Thanks again, everyone.

-- Fast is fine, but accurate is final. The real trick is learning to take your time when you're in a hurry. - Wyatt Earp

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