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How to Hide Plywood Edge (Method 2)

Updated on September 21, 2014
Plywood Edge
Plywood Edge

Plywood edges are ugly. They are cheap and basic pieces of wood meant to be hidden under a finished project. Even sanding the edges down will not hide the thin exposed layers. These layers tend to flake off or break and a creative method is needed to conceal them. Here is an easy method that requires solid wood or molding (sometimes spelled moulding).

Step One

Prepare your work by gathering all your tools and materials in your workspace. Cut the plywood to the essential piece for applying the mold on the edge. In many cases, it is best to add the molding after the main assembly is completed. For example, if you are building an entertainment center out of plywood, build it first then apply molding after assembly.

Step Two

Use a piece of solid wood to cover up the edge. Shown are three examples.(See Fig 1). Noticed the different joining techniques. The easiest way is to cut a piece of solid wood to the length width and height to butt up against the edge. There are advanced methods to join the solid wood to the edge but will require another article to describe.

Step Three

Determine the type of molding you need for your furniture. You can purchase these in any lumber, home improvement store, or even online. The photo shows various examples. (See FIg 2).

Step Four

Use molding to cover up the edge. The method is similar to joining a simple plain rectangular wood to the plywood. Just take molding that will be thick enough to cover the depth of the edge and use a saw to cut the length to match the plywood edge. (See Fig 3).

Step Five

If you want to cover up all the sides nicely, make 45 degrees cuts at the corners. The easiest way to make angle cuts on molding is a powered miter saw. Hand miter saws will also work well versus using a hand saw. (See Fig 4).

Warnings and Tips

Be careful when using power tools - especially the ones that cut.

Fig 1.  Molding over plywood examples
Fig 1. Molding over plywood examples
Fig 2.  Examples of molding
Fig 2. Examples of molding
Fig 3.  Consideration of thickness
Fig 3. Consideration of thickness
Fig 4.  Consideration of all sides
Fig 4. Consideration of all sides | Source

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