Making Edge Banding Flush

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It’s not uncommon to use edge banding to put a clean edge on your projects which use sheet stock. Unfortunately, the sheet stock and the hardwood edge banding are rarely the same size. Dave Munkittrick and George Vondriska show you how to make the edge banding flush with the sheet stock using a paint scraper and block plane.

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  1. Gary Coyne

    A number of years ago I made a sports equipment stand for my son. I purchased some red oak plywood from a big box home repair place and some red oak for edging. Knowing that removing the glue squeeze out was going to be a big issue (because of the paper thin veneer of red oak on the plywood), I wanted some mechanism to prevent the squeeze out from getting on the wood. This is where/when I started using masking tape to line both edges prior to any glue up.

    I laid the tape on the wood and then using a marking knife, I cut off the tape at the edge of wood giving me dead-on tape-to-edge surface. After glueing, I waited until the glue was mostly dry then peeled off the tape taking most of the squeeze out with the tape. I then used a block plain as your guest did to flatten the banding to the wood.

    By the way, do NOT use painter’s blue tape. A friend of mine did that but if there is any tape caught between the plywood and the banding, you will see a faint blue line in the edge. Standard masking tape is mostly brownish and is thereby mostly invisible if any tape gets caught.

    While I do not use this all the time, any time where squeeze out could be an issue (either do to a veneer or the location of the glue up will be hard to clean up later), it’s the technique I go to.

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