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Laminates or plywood

Making a few shelves out of pine however my joiner and planet are in another state right now so squaring the panels and making laminates will be challenging . I’ve never really used plywood for anything I was planning on finishing so I am wondering if I go that route, what’s the best method for the edges that will show and how do match stain on them? Thanks for any tips.
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I don't like to use it but an iron on veneer from the big box might do you. Just have to make sure you get it hot enough with an iron or heatgun...
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Ive always like solid wood strips for edging plywood, least in places it shows. A strip 1/2-3/4" of a species matching the plywood face just glue to the edge looks good and adds a lot or durability to boot. Shouldnt need a jointer or planer either, id imagine, just work you can do with a table saw. Many not even need that if you buy S4S

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Ive always like solid wood strips for edging plywood, least in places it shows. A strip 1/2-3/4" of a species matching the plywood face just glue to the edge looks good and adds a lot or durability to boot. Shouldnt need a jointer or planer either, id imagine, just work you can do with a table saw. Many not even need that if you buy S4S

Do the strips glue to the edge of the ply? Seems like the edge would soak the glue in and not adhere properly?



Even with S4S after gluing panels I like to run the finished panel through the planar.
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Do the strips glue to the edge of the ply? Seems like the edge would soak the glue in and not adhere properly?



Even with S4S after gluing panels I like to run the finished panel through the planar.
It works fine.
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Do the strips glue to the edge of the ply? Seems like the edge would soak the glue in and not adhere properly?



Even with S4S after gluing panels I like to run the finished panel through the planar.
Hey! Yes I agree with the above post, it does work fine and I have used it in the past as well. It's definitely worked good.

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Make Your Own:
I have used wood strips that I cut myself. You can cut them thin or thick, depending on your aesthetics and whether you planned ahead for thick strips. A long time ago, I used tiny finish nails for clamps, which I sunk and filled later. These days, they make special clamps, and some people just use a lot of tape strips wrapped over the edge. I would not use the finish nails today, but we were just kids back then.

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Furthermore, you can buy ready-made edge banding in a wide variety of woods. They are thin veneer strips in rolls that you glue to the edge of the plywood. I have not tried this type of edge banding myself, but it is a popular solution. Some pre-glued ones come with a hot melt glue backing and you just iron them on. You can trim them with a razor knife or a similar tool. There are specialty tools for applying and trimming edge banding. They can range from small handheld gadgets up to huge industrial scale machines that do all the steps automatically, and are priced accordingly.

Note: I have seen the ready-made edge banding in many stores. I have also seen the industrial size edge banding machines in use. I know many people who have used the pre-made edge banding, but never tried it myself.
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Hey! Yes I agree with the above post, it does work fine and I have used it in the past as well. It's definitely worked good.
Just what the forum needed - another Texan. What town/city are you in?

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Just what the forum needed - another Texan. What town/city are you in?

And welcome to the forum.
He's ok as long as he's a Dallas Cowboys fan.

I'm in the Kansas City area but hate the Chiefs....

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Next time I visit my son in Lawrence, Ks. I will give you a shout. Maybe we can get together for a bit. Your on the other side, but not that far away.

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