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Attaching 1/4" thick lumber to MDF edges4/14
Our back ground is in residential face frame construction. We acquired a job requiring frameless construction. We have no edge bander.
What is the best way to attach 1/4" or 3/16" thick lumber strips to veneered mdf carcass and door edges?
Will contact cement work?
Would contact cement work. Sure, but I certainly wouldn't trust it to last.
Find someone with an edgebander that will do 3mm and have them apply it.
Or the old fashion way is glue and clamps. Do them 2 at a time edge to edge and you'll only need a few clamps for each pair. Make a routing jig so you can push them through vertically.
I have an edgebander, but every now & then we need to do what you're talking about. We apply titebond to the panel edge, press the wood band into place, then shoot some 23 gauge headless pins to hold it in place. That keeps the band from squirming around when you clamp it. This way, you can do two opposite sides of a door or drawer front in one clamping operation. If the pieces are small enough to double up as Leo suggests, you could clamp 4 edges in one shot.
sell what you build, don't build what you sell.
building frameless cabinets is more difficult then just leaving the face frame off.
you can use peel and stick or get you a sunbeam iron for thin edgebanding or like others have suggested but the faces and clamp it. if you haven't done it before your in for a big learning curve.
Peel and stick can not be used on raw MDF.
Glue and tape. Titebond with strips of masking tape every 2". Hand held lipping planer to flush trim the edges after it dries. Made many, many parts this way. If you don't have a bander there's no faster method.
2" spring clamps with a number 7 rubber band around it is good for clamping small strips.
edging mdf boxes with wood is not all that difficult. I'd use yellow glue and a clamp caul. mine are concave curved so I only need one clamp on parts less that 24" and convex curved on longer parts needing two clamps. no nails or pins, it's easier that dealing with filling holes. in general I leave them clamped for a couple of minutes while I am setting up the next one. after taking the clamps off I'd leave them alone for at least an hour. I use 1/8" wood banding X 15/16" wide. This allows me to route off the excess width and I don't have to worry about the band moving when clamped. I route the band using a Hoffman lipping planer.
Terrific comments. Thanks everyone!