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Working with plywood panels is great for beginners and experts alike. For beginners, plywood can be a super affordable and easy way to build substantial projects in quick order. For experts, plywood is extremely stable and eliminates unnecessary and time consuming edgejoining. One thing almost everyone can agree on is that you want to hide the exposed edges of your plywood panels. Usually this can be accomplished by just using your Kreg Jig® to add some edgebanding or a face frame to your panels. However, it gets a bit more complicated if you don’t want the edging material to be hidden. Sound impossible? There are actually a number of ways to accomplish this without too much extra effort. Here are three of our favorites:


Edging Tape

One of the quickest and easiest options for thin plywood edging is adhesive veneer tape that’s made specifically for this purpose. It comes in rolls and is made from very thin hardwood veneers. You can find it in most of the common wood species. There are two types of edging tape and both are pretty easy to apply. The self-adhesive type works just like sticky tape. It can be applied with just some firm pressure. The heat-sensitive edging tape takes only a little more work. It has a coating of adhesive on one side that can be activated with “gentle” heat. All you do is set it in place and use an iron to apply the heat. Both types of edging tape are made slightly oversized in width. Once the tape is stuck firmly in place, you trim it flush to the surface of the plywood and you’re done.


Thin Veneer

Another method uses the thin, face veneer from a scrap piece of the same plywood as the edging piece. When it’s glued to the workpiece, you have both a thin edge and one with the same grain and color as the plywood face veneer.
Edging From Plywood. To make thin edging from plywood scraps, first make a saw cut on the joint line between the face veneer and the plywood core. Cut It Loose. Next, use a sharp utility knife to cut the veneer strip from the plywood panel. The edging will be a perfect match in grain and color.


Disguise It

Making it thin isn’t the only way to hide your plywood edging. Another strategy involves using a thicker edging piece and then disguising it. The idea is to visually blend the the plywood and the edging piece so that the transition from one to the other won’t be noticeable. Start by gluing a standard 1/4"- thick edging strip to the plywood and then trim it flush to the surface. Then add a little something extra. A molded edge that easily draws your eye from the edging to the plywood face can successfully hide the joint line or any grain or color difference between the two pieces.

Just make sure the edges of your routed cuts (chamfer or round-over) on the edging fall right at the joint line.


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  Edging Tape

One of the quickest and easiest options for thin plywood edging is adhesive veneer tape that’s made specifically for this purpose. It comes in rolls and is made from very thin hardwood veneers. You can find it in most of the common wood species. There are two types of edging tape and both are pretty easy to apply. The self-adhesive type works just like sticky tape. It can be applied with just some firm pressure. The heat-sensitive edging tape takes only a little more work. It has a coating of adhesive on one side that can be activated with “gentle” heat. All you do is set it in place and use an iron to apply the heat. Both types of edging tape are made slightly oversized in width. Once the tape is stuck firmly in place, you trim it flush to the surface of the plywood and you’re done.


Thin Veneer

Another method uses the thin, face veneer from a scrap piece of the same plywood as the edging piece. When it’s glued to the workpiece, you have both a thin edge and one with the same grain and color as the plywood face veneer.
Edging From Plywood. To make thin edging from plywood scraps, first make a saw cut on the joint line between the face veneer and the plywood core. Cut It Loose. Next, use a sharp utility knife to cut the veneer strip from the plywood panel. The edging will be a perfect match in grain and color.


Disguise It

Making it thin isn’t the only way to hide your plywood edging. Another strategy involves using a thicker edging piece and then disguising it. The idea is to visually blend the the plywood and the edging piece so that the transition from one to the other won’t be noticeable. Start by gluing a standard 1/4"- thick edging strip to the plywood and then trim it flush to the surface. Then add a little something extra. A molded edge that easily draws your eye from the edging to the plywood face can successfully hide the joint line or any grain or color difference between the two pieces.

Just make sure the edges of your routed cuts (chamfer or round-over) on the edging fall right at the joint line.


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Jennifer’s Rustic
Kitchen Table
Don’s Queen Sized
Captain’s Bed

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Gibson Electric Guitar


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