Solid Edging for Curved Tops
Craig Thibodeau demonstrates how to get a durable, beautiful edge and a flawless fit
Veneered panels sometimes need a more durable edge than veneer alone can provide, such as when they are used for chest lids, tabletops, or desktops. In situations like this, Craig Thibodeau goes with a solid-wood edging that is easily shaped and repaired, and highly resistant to abuse. Square panels are pretty easy, but when you add a curved edge it gets trickier. Here, he demonstrates his foolproof method for making curved edging with mitered corners that fits perfectly.
While I often use veneer to edge veneered panels, whenever those panels need a more durable edge to withstand regular contact—such as chest lids, tabletops, or desktops—I go with a solid-wood edging. Solid wood can be shaped and repaired easily, and it’s far more resistant to abuse than a veneered edge. The solid edge also adds a handsome detail, whether you’ve matched and applied the central veneers yourself, as I do, or…