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Real wood veneer edging strips are a woodworking essential for finishing off shelving, bookcases, cabinets and similar projects made from plywood. When working with plywood you’ll discover that you’re left with a bare edge that will reveal the different plys in a way that can be unattractive or lacks a ‘finished’ feel - this is where veneers and edging strips come in...

If you’ve never used real wood veneers or edging, they’re super thin sections of wood that can be applied using a household iron that will adhere the strip to your wood edge of choice, giving it an elegant and sleek finished feel. At Woodshop Direct we supply both rolls and strips to give you exactly what you need for your next project in a wide range of wood species to match to your other wood materials.

What Do I Need When Using Veneer Edging Strips?

  • Veneer tape that’s wider in width than what you need to ensure you get a perfect finished edge. 
  • Tools: a carpentry square, a wooden seam roller, Stanley knife, medium grit sanding paper

#1. Apply Strips To The Longest Sides First

If you're working on a cabinet, for example, always start with the longest edges first, measuring out your veneer strip so that there’s a few centimetres excess hanging over the edges you’re working on. Squaring the edge, make sure your veneer strip is completely flush with one side so all you need to do is trim one of the longest edges - this will save you trimming and sanding time as well as any potential errors while you’re working.

#2. Start Ironing

Set your household iron to just below the highest setting, using your thumb and forefinger to keep the veneer firmly in place while you’re ironing. When applying your edging strip, ironing technique is crucial - always apply your heated iron to a 10-15cm section of the strip at first, keeping the heat element moving all times. After around 30 seconds of ironing back and forth, the strip will start to adhere to the base plywood. Following the ironing of that particular section, grab your wooden roller, or a wooden block, and press the strip firmly into place. 

#3. Cut Away The Excess

Repeat the process on the next 10-15cm section along, ironing backwards and forwards, applying the roller, and so on. Once you reach the end of the edge and roller it, flip over the body of the project you’re working on so that the strip is now facing down on your workshop floor or work station and cut off the visible overhanging strip pieces.

#4. Sand And Finish 

After you’ve carefully cut off the excess veneer, sand the edges gently with 150 grit paper and repeat until everything is completely flush and you can’t see the joins.


Post By Ed Mason