Edge banding ply before or after cuts?

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Forum topic by smash posted 06-25-2009 10:23 PM 2100 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2009 10:23 PM

Hello all,

I’m going to tackle a (hopefully) basic project. I want to make a dresser and chest of drawers for my daughter out of 3/4” birch ply as it will be painted. I will be making a number of dado and rabit cuts for the carcus and I was wondering if I should edge band the ply before or after the cuts? After would require me to relief cut the edge band in all the dado recesses, however, I’m unsure if the edgebanding before will hold up and not chip out during the dado/rabit cuts. Any help would be appreciated.

Also…as I mentioned these pieces will be painted, and I’m planning on using a HVLP gun. I’ve got a 60 gallon air compressor in my garage which should suffice. Any suggestions on finish? I think I want to use a laquer but I have no experience with it. Not sure if there is a primer, or multiple coats, or what. Again, any help would be great.


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#1 posted 06-25-2009 10:56 PM

I haven’t done much edge banding but all I have done is after all of the pieces were cut. Sorry, I don’t have an HVLP gun so can’t help you there.

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#2 posted 06-25-2009 11:13 PM

I should say cut everything then edgeband .tHAT’S WHAT i WOULD DO BUT THEN WHO AM i ? aLISTAIR

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#3 posted 06-25-2009 11:16 PM

the edge banding will more then likely not hold up if you do it before cutting your dado’s. So i would cut then band

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#4 posted 06-25-2009 11:41 PM

I have to agree with cutting first. I have edge banded plywood in my cabinetry after the cuts are made and the cabinet carcass is assembled.

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#5 posted 06-26-2009 04:04 PM

Hi smash——You could edge band either way. I’m not sure exactly what your situation is, but you might consider edgebanding first, but making the band a little wider, then trimming it after you dado to take off the blow-out. Also use a back-up board for your dadoes.

Lacquer—There is a white lacquer undercoat (sealer) I use it all the time. If you are familiar with spraying paint at all, then lacquer should not be any problem. With colors, at least you can easily sand out runs if you get them. It’s like anything else, there is a learning curve, but i think it would be worth it
—-Note of caution If you have a gas heater, or water heater in your garage, make sure the pilot is OFF.
YOU COULD CAUSE AN EXPLOSION. Use ventilation. Thats true with any paint, but eapecially with lacquer.


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