Plywood Edges and Glue - Finishing Tip
By Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher
When building a project out of plywood, one of the things you
have to consider is how to deal with the edges of your material.
The easiest way to deal with the edges is to apply edge
banding to all of the exposed edges. This ensures a smooth
surface that can be finished out any way you choose.
If you are trying to save a few bucks or the piece you are assembling
is going to be of utilitarian use then there are other methods of
dealing with the exposed edges before applying a finish. Whether it be
just a couple of coats of paint or varnish, the edges still need to be
sealed in order to stop the absorption of the finish you are applying.
The method I use the most in the shop is to rub in
Titebond Original Wood Glue
Titebond II Premium Wood Glue
, forcing it in over all of the edges and then letting it dry completely. I repeat this at least
once more, making sure all of it is sealed. I use Type II on marine plywood
that may get exposed to moisture. I then sand the edges, making sure
I didn't miss any areas with the glue. Repeat this if necessary and then
sand smooth. If your paper clogs fast, then the glue needs to cure a day or two
If you choose to use
, do not use it on any water-based finishing materials. The water in the finishing materials will reactivate
the glue, which will create quite a mess that will have to be removed before moving
ahead with your project.
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