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Veneer tape, also called edging tape or edge banding, is a GREAT way to cover the edges of man-made materials. If you do this correctly, the completed piece will look like solid wood. Ethan has a bunch of great tips and tricks that will make the process easy and the results great.

Where would I use edging tape?

You can use edge banding anywhere you want to cover the core of man-made materials. A really common application is shelving. Use veneer-faced material such as MDF or plywood for your shelves, cover the edges with tape, and no one will ever know.

How’s it work?

Veneer tape or edging tape has a heat sensitive adhesive on the back. You need to activate the adhesive to get it to stick to your project. When you’re buying your tape be sure that it’s a little wider than the finished thickness of the part your working on. The width of the tape should exceed the thickness of the material by at least 1/16”.

What do I need?

Tooling up to apply edge banding is easy. You need something to activate the adhesive; a heat gun or household iron works great. You’ll also need a scrap of wood you can use to press the heated veneer tape in place. A great way to trim the oversized tape is by using a card scraper. Ethan shows you how. Finally, you’ll need some sandpaper to clean up the edges.

Can I always match my sheet stock?

Many home centers sell edge banding for ¾” stock in common species like maple and oak. Look at more specialized retailers, like woodworking specialty stores, for other species and wider tape.

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4 Responses to “Easily Apply Edging Tape”
  1. Steve

    I never liked using tape, because it was obvious once you saw the edge grain along the board’s ends. Has tecnhology found a way to address this yet with something that appears like end grain

    • Customer Service

      Hi Steve. I haven’t seen anything like this but it would be nice. I don’t think most people notice that but woodworkers do.
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

    • Customer Service

      Hello. I believe that you could do this by using iron on veneer and taping it in place first then iron around the perimeter, removing tape as you go. Cut to length after it’s attached.
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America


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