Edge Banding Hack: How to Easily Trim & Apply Edge Banding

Julie Carmona
by Julie Carmona

Transforming a thin piece of wood into a thick, expensive-looking masterpiece is easy with edge banding!

You can find edge banding at any home improvement store. This versatile material is the secret to achieving a thicker and more expensive appearance for your wood.

Tools and materials

  • Thin pieces of wood
  • Edge banding
  • Iron
  • Razor blade
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Stain or paint
Thick wooden countertop
Prepping the wood

Step 1: Prepare Your Wood

Begin by placing two thin pieces of wood together. Make sure they are aligned perfectly to create a seamless and sturdy surface.

Edge banding before application

Step 2: Gather Your Edge Banding

Measure the length and thickness of your wood. Have enough edge banding on hand to allow for trimming.

Ironing the edge banding

Step 3: Iron On the Edge Banding

Using your iron, carefully apply heat to the edge banding. This will activate the adhesive on the banding and allow it to bond securely to the edges of your wood. Move the iron slowly and evenly to ensure proper adhesion.

Trimming the excess with a razor blade

Step 4: Trim Excess with a Razor Blade:

Once the edge banding is attached, use a razor blade to trim off the excess. Gently run the blade along the edge, following the natural contour of the wood. Take your time to achieve clean and precise cuts.

Sanding the wood

Step 5: Light Sanding

After trimming, lightly sand the edges to smooth out any rough spots. This step ensures that your project has a professional finish and feels good to the touch.

Step 6: Use a Screwdriver Along the Edges

Take the side of a screwdriver and run it along the edges. This technique helps to further smooth and round the edges, giving your wood a polished look. Be gentle to avoid any splinters or damage to the edge banding.

Staining the wood

Step 7: Stain or Paint

Apply your chosen stain or paint to the wood. This is where you can let your creativity shine. Experiment with different colors and finishes to achieve the desired aesthetic. Let the stain or paint dry and cure for at least 24 hours.

Edge banding

How to trim & apply edge banding

Whether you're crafting furniture or enhancing home decor, this edge banding technique is a game-changer for elevating the appearance of thin wood. What are you working on that uses edge banding? Share your projects in the comments below.

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