Six Ways to Edge Plywood
The choices vary in their complexity and durability and the time they take to execute
Synopsis: It’s hard for Mario Rodriguez to imagine building some furniture and cabinetry without plywood. The challenge is what to do with the unsightly edge where the lamination is revealed. Rodriguez shares tips for edging plywood at every skill level — from simple edge treatments to complex edging with sophisticated joinery. Choose your technique and follow these illustrated steps.
To the world of woodworking, the innovation of plywood ranks right up there with the invention of the tablesaw. It’s hard to imagine building some furniture and cabinetry without it. Plywood gives you the relative stability and flatness of a 4×8 panel, combined with the beauty of select veneers. You also get a variety of thicknesses, from 1 ⁄4 in. to 3 ⁄4 in. on stock items and up to 11 ⁄2 in. on special orders—and you get all of this at a reasonable price. The challenge when using plywood is,…