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Forum topic by noone posted 01-20-2013 03:21 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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noone

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01-20-2013 03:21 PM

I’m building reach-in closets for our house and was wondering what the forum thought about the edging options.

Do you usually just edge band it, or is that not sturdy enough? Or perhaps make or buy 1/4” x 3/4” strips of wood and then flush trim off the excess with a router?

I want this to look like a custom closet and not something I bought at Closets To Go, so I guess a thinner face frame (maybe 1” wide) is not out of the question either.

Thanks for the input.


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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 06:11 AM

Hi noone,
IMHO a strip applied to the leading edge is a clean durable treatment. I shy away from edge banding because it screams cheap to me. A frame gives it a different appearance, so I guess ultimately it’s up to what you (or SWMBO) want.
DanK

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 06:13 AM

I agree with Dan, I use thin strips, maybe 1/4 inch when I build closets. If you are staining the wood and are careful you cannot tell where the plywood walls and the wood strip join.

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 06:15 AM

How wide do you make your edging.? I was thinking 1” wide by 1/4” thick in this case.

I will be painting this with GF Enduro white poly.

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Dan Krager

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#4 posted 01-26-2013 06:19 AM

The edging I was thinking of would be trimmed flush on both sides, so probably 3/4 wide x 1/4 thick.
DanK

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#5 posted 01-26-2013 12:58 PM

Dan, i don’t understand why I should make my own edging, which will cost extra and take more time than edge banding treatments. This is a painted project after all. It sounds like I may as well use edge banding if the edging is the same width as the plywood. Unless the edge banding durability is terrible?

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#6 posted 01-26-2013 03:24 PM

I have had good results with the durability of edge banding, when applied prior to construction. IMO a 3/4” x 1 1/2” FF hanging in on the sides, and down on the shelves on parts looks really nice. Unless you are looking to create a European cabinet sorta look.

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#7 posted 01-26-2013 03:55 PM

Yeah, on second thought, I really want this to look nice and not like a Euro Cab thing from Ikea.

Here is some panel molding I think I am going to use. Combined with a 1.5” face frame, should look real sharp.

Can someone help me identify this moulding? I’d like to buy it locally here in Jacksonville, FL.

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#8 posted 01-26-2013 04:04 PM

That looks nice. You can also find a shelf mold for the AS if you are going that direction. It has a small lip to make a good joint at the top, and hangs down a tad. similar to a beauty mold.

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#9 posted 01-26-2013 08:47 PM

Yes, I’ve had problems with edge banding durability. It is difficult to repair if damaged. I don’t have a commercial type edgebander, so applying the banding takes nearly the same time as the wood strips. This is a modern piece, so I have to think differently about it maybe. Anyway, that’s my take, but it’s your cabinet. And it’s going to be a really nice looking one too!
DanK

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