How to Hide Plywood Edge (Method 1)
Here is one of a series of methods to finish or hide the edges of plywood for furniture or any project requiring attractive edges. One of the most challenging aspects of hiding the edges is locating the materials such as edge strips of a particular size, color and texture. The big box hardware store is likely to not carry these. There are still ways around this if banding strips are not readily available.
If you ever handled plywood, you will notice the layers of thin individual sheets of wood or veneers sandwiched together. If you want to make furniture out of even the finest plywood, the edges will look ugly if you leave them exposed. It is difficult to sand down as the thin layers will flake off or break off tiny pieces and the edge will look rough. There are many creative ways in handling this problem. Here is a method that doesn’t use additional wood.
The instructions are moderately easy (not too easy and not too difficult). You will need plywood, table saws or circular saw with table, and wood glue or finished nails.
Prepare your work by gathering all your tools and materials in your work site. Large plywood sheets are typically 8 x 4 feet. Cut the plywood to the piece you require the edge to be hidden. Long pieces of wood may require a table saw and a way to keep the piece from falling off the table (in the form of a person or another table).
Using a circular on a long piece will be even trickier, especially cutting at an angle. You may have to clamp or screw in wood guides to make the lengthwise cut straight.
With a table saw or circular saw, bevel (adjust) the blade so that it will cut 45 degrees (as oppose to straight up 90 degrees). The blade will be angled to the left if you are behind the blade.
Cut the edge 45 degrees and scrap this piece of wood. (See Fig. 1).
Change the angle of the blade so that it is angled 45 degrees to the right as shown. (See Fig. 2).
Turn the cut piece around and test it on the edge so that it is square with the bigger plywood piece. The finish or veneer side should be exposed instead of the layered side. (See Fig. 3).
For fine adjustments, sand or grind the large piece until the fit of the smaller piece is satisfactory to you.
A piece that is totally off and not fixable through sanding may require you to start over.
Use finish nails, glue (or glue and nails) to attach the finished edge to the plywood.
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