Re: How do you cut/trim edge banding and hole plugs
What level of quality finish are you going for?
For general cabinetry - kitchens and the like - using a frameless cabinet box, pre-glued veneer is the standard. Here's my process...
I cut the sheet goods to oversized (an inch max). That allows me to veneer one side, and then cut down to final size after trimming.
I veneer the exposed edge using pre-glued veneer. I use an iron on max heat - although 3/4 heat is all thats generally required. I don't use a roller on flat edges. Instead I use a flat piece of maple about 1"t x 3"w x 6"l to ensure that the veneer is adhered properly. Don't use too much heat for too long or too much pressure or you can squeeze out too much glue.
I trim the sides with a double-edged veneer trimmer (Freud) to remove the excess from the sides. With wood veneer, I lightly sand with 180 to 220 grit at an angle to the edge to provide a slight chamfer and ensure that the banding is flush with the sides of the box.
I trim the ends last by cutting with a very sharp knife and then (very gently) use a fine file to flush the veneer.
This process is pretty standard for iron-on edge banding.
Larger commercial shops use large edge banders using heated glue-pots with routers to trim the veneer.
Using glued on wood strips is rare and would be an extra charge. Pesonally, I don't like this look unless a lot of time is taken to match grain to the veneer.
Edge banding works well and I have seen large $$$ jobs where you would have a difficult time telling if its solid or edge banded.
Also - keep in mind that you can get different thicknesses amd qualities of edgebanding.
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