A Guide to Edgebanding
Once your product has been routered, it’s time to think about how you would like to finish the edges. Here’s a guide to edgebanding, and some reasons to consider using it for your next project.
What is Edgebanding?
Edgebanding is a common technique, used to finish low-cost materials, such as MDF and plywood. The materials are covered with a veneer, which may mimic a more expensive cut of wood, to finish the product.
Why Choose Edgebanding?
Edgebanding is the ideal solution if you’re working to a tight budget, but need the finished product to look the part. It provides you with the opportunity to use more affordable materials, such as particleboard or MDF, but still end up with a finished product that looks great.
When you choose edgebanding, there’s almost an endless choice of colours and finishes, providing you with greater flexibility in the design of your end product. The finishes aren’t limited to wood veneers. You can choose from a variety of materials, including PVC in a full spectrum of colors.
Edgebanding is used to finish a wide range of products. It’s most famous for its use in flat pack furniture, providing consumers with a low-cost alternative to expensive furniture made from solid wood. Whilst flat pack furniture is the most common type of product finished using the edgebanding technique, it isn’t the only application.
It’s also used in the creation of theatre sets. Not only do these projects tend to run to a tight budget, but the finished products also need to be portable. Traditional, solid cuts of wood, such as oak, are much heavier than MDF or particleboard, which can make them difficult to move around during a show. Edgebanding provides theatre sets that look fantastic, but can be moved around as required.