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Plywood edging question

by dfox52
posted 02-02-2017 03:31 PM


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 03:40 PM

I do if the corners are exposed like on tops and bottoms. But it seems to me it’s still a “dead giveaway” that it’s not a solid slab since grain doesn’t run along the ends normally. That aside, it just makes a cleaner looking piece. If you want solid slab look, you cold make the end piece look like a breadboard end.

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Lazyman

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#2 posted 02-02-2017 03:44 PM

You could always mimic whatever joint you are using to join the PW panels. For example, if you are using a rabbet, make the edging with a matching faux rabbet.

Note that since they have been using veneer for a couple hundred years now, even in very finely made antique furniture, they have been hiding the edges for a long time now so I wouldn’t worry too much about this.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 02-02-2017 04:03 PM

If it were just shelves, and not in a terribly visible location, I would use tongue and dado joints. I make them at the tablesaw with a dado blade. Self aligning, and no special bits needed.

However, since the top will likely be more visible, you can use faux breadboard ends to hide the “end grain.”
Personally, I would use plywood for the carcase, and a solid wood top. Of course it all depends on what design you are working with.

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#4 posted 02-02-2017 04:17 PM

It doesn’t matter what you do. You can’t disguise the fact it is a plywood top. Solid wood glued to the edges looks good and hides the plywood edges very well. I have used solid wood to hide the edges of plywood shelving and will again. Any of the suggestions you have been given above work well. It comes down to your choice.

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#5 posted 02-02-2017 04:38 PM

Thanks for all the quick replies! This is my first time using plywood so I will see in the end how it looks. I think johnstoneb is right that “you can’t disguise that it is plywood.” So I think I should focus on what looks best using what I am using. Thanks a bunch!!

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