Melamine Part 2: Apply Edge Banding

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-30-2013 04:20 AM 11224 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished up the video for applying edge banding to melamine. This video follows Part 1 on how to get clean cuts in melamine, which can be quite a challenge without the right blade and techniques. Once the melamine is cut, often it will need to have edge banding applied. So I cover this topic in Part 2.

I could have made a 2 minute video that shows me applying a piece with an iron and trimming the excess, but that can leave a person with a lot of questions.

In these videos, you not only get the information and a good demonstration, but plenty of peripherial information so you can dive into it with confidence for a variety of situations and knowing how to deal with imperfections.

The information in these videos is geared to the beginner and small shop or DIY individual. Because not everyone has heavy equipment like a pro cabinet shop to accomplish these tasks, but I know you can get great results with this information.

I have posted part 1 again for anyone who has missed it. The footage was all recorded at the same time so part 2 is a true continuation of the first video.

Melamine Part 2: Apply Edge Banding

Melamine Part 1: Getting Clean Cuts

I hope you find these helpful and informative.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 08:34 AM

Hey Todd, thanks for showing this for us! I never liked the Fastcap trimmer, always used utility knife blades but now I since I have a Tormek and super sharp chisels will have no issues trimming edge banding and no more cuts on my fingers! I have a job making some panels using 1” mdf with nice rosewood (looking) Formica on both sides and thought about using the TS or Tracksaw to cut them but using the router is working well too. Your shop looks fantastic, keep up the great work! Scott

-- $tudie

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 12:48 PM

Thanks, for making this look easy, even for me!!!

I loved your description of “Perfection vs. Excellence”. Great point!!!

“Build to budget” was another great idiom that even the hobbiest can use.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 12:58 PM

Studie, good point to be made that I did not really state in the video. You can use a utility knife and I used to, but a chisel works better due to the stiffness of the blade.

Thanks DIY, I hope you will be able to put the information to good use in a future project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 02:18 PM

Very good. Thnx Todd.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 02:51 PM

Hi Todd, very informative. I am interested in your video equipment as well. You appear to have at least two cameras, what are they? What is the microphone you are wearing and what software and platform do you use for post production editing (the graphic mark ups are great)? Thanks again.

-- Marty, Wilmington, OH, learning every day....

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 04:12 PM

Jonathon – You’re killing me with that thing! And I think it would crush my wood floor;)

You make a good point on the glass scrapers. They are wide enough to control the dig-in while trimming.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 01-30-2013 04:18 PM

Good stuff Todd Thanks for posting this

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 01-30-2013 04:32 PM

Marty5965 – here is the video production info -hope it helps.

Hardware: 27’ iMac pimped out with all the memory and speed that was possible when I bought it 1 year ago specifically with video production in mind. A great machine!

Software: Final Cut Pro X and I LOVE it!

Graphic Markups: the best and favorite plug-in I have is Call Outs by Ripple Training

Cameras And Audio: I have 2 Canon Vixia HF10 cameras because they have an external mic jack for my wireless mic. This increases the quality of the video production with good audio.

I use a Shure Presenter wireless mic and upgraded the lapel mic to a Point Source Headset.

I also added a wide angle lens to the Canon video camera. I bought a genuine Canon lens to ensure quality and do not regret it.

I run one camera with the wireless mic feed as my primary audio and use the secondary camera with shotgun mic as a back-up audio source. For “quick & dirty” video production I just use the shotgun mic and do not setup the wireless system. The shotgun mic works good if I am close enough.







-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 01-30-2013 06:07 PM

Excellent production Todd.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#10 posted 01-30-2013 08:47 PM

Wow, thanks for the thorough reply. Your video production is every bit as good as your woodworking. First-rate all round!

-- Marty, Wilmington, OH, learning every day....

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#11 posted 01-30-2013 09:41 PM

Good info. I’ll have to give the chisel a try next time (my results with the double edge trimmer are similar). Also makes perfect sense to start the banding in the middle. I’ve been starting from one edge and you’re correct that a small misapplication is greatly magnified on the other end.

And here i thought I knew everything about edge banding I needed to know. :)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#12 posted 01-30-2013 09:46 PM

Greg – As I edited the video, all I could think about was all the information that I did not cover even with what I shared.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 01-30-2013 10:14 PM

Great video Todd. You really hit the basics of applying melamine edgebanding with the basic tools needed.
I assume you have some other methods that allow you to crank them out a little faster. I purchased the Virutex handheld edgebander a few years ago and has easily paid for itself with the time saved.

I also have the double edge trimmer. Exactly the same as yours except it has a Virutex sticker on it. It seems you may need to tweak your cutters to get the cut your looking for. I messed with mine and now I can run the trimmer and hit the edges with some 220 on a small block of 1/4” mdf to knock off the sharp edges and it’s good to go.
Along with the edge trimmer I also use the end trimmer, also a good time saver.

On thing I would like to add is about the different types of edgebanding available. The melamine banding that you demonstrated is the most common at the big box stores and a good one to learn with. BUT….there’s always one of those….It is the most brittle. The chip you made with the trimmer is a good example. Another good alternative is polyester edgebanding. It is still iron friendly but has a little more durability.
One other mention would be PVC edging. This is probably the most common commercially used banding. It’s has a better give and takes the daily abuse of life better because it’s just softer and gives with the punches. DO NOT attempt to iron this. It can be done but it melts right along with the glue. Hot air applied to the glue from below is the proper route to go with this. Switching to PVC edging was one of the reasons I went for getting the handheld hot air unit.
Of course this is all with pre-glued banding. Hot glue pot machines with plain banding is a whole new ball game…maybe another sport altogether. I don’t think I’ll ever get to that realm. But with the color choices of pre-glued edging dwindling with my supplier who knows.
But…..haha..another one….pre-glued wood edging seems to be easier to come buy.

Another trick I use for the small chips is simply a paint pen. Touch the tip to the chip and it soaks in and colors it. Doesn’t make it disappear but makes it almost undetectable by the average consumer.

Hope your staying busy!!!! Keep the videos coming!

Jonathon….YOU SUCK! You better keep your shop door locked now…haha

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#14 posted 01-30-2013 10:52 PM

Gary – those are all valid points to be made. Since I am posting here and at Home Refurbers I decided to gear the information to the average woodworker and DIY individual that does most of their shopping at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

If I were doing a video for the small pro shop just starting out, I would especially cover the next step up in tools and material before a shop has to get into a larger investment of a banding machine. the equipment you show is certainly that next step up.

I second the motion on Jonathan:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 01-30-2013 10:56 PM

Gary & Jonathan – Even though I packaged the information for the LJ & Home Refurbers group, I appreciate you expanding on the information with the extra information and photos of equipment.

It helps take the conversation a little bit further. That is one of the great things about posting here.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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