Melamine Part 2: Apply Edge Banding

Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-30-2013 04:52 AM 21229 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished up the video for applying edge banding to melamine. This video follows Part 1 on how to get clean cuts in melamine, which can be quite a challenge without the right blade and techniques. Once the melamine is cut, often it will need to have edge banding applied. So I cover this topic in Part 2.

I could have made a 2 minute video that shows me applying a piece with an iron and trimming the excess, but that can leave a person with a lot of questions.

In these videos, you not only get the information and a good demonstration, but plenty of peripherial information so you can dive into it with confidence for a variety of situations and knowing how to deal with imperfections.

The information in these videos is geared to the beginner and small shop or DIY individual. Because not everyone has heavy equipment like a pro cabinet shop to accomplish these tasks, but I know you can get great results with this information.

I have posted part 1 again for anyone who has missed it. The footage was all recorded at the same time so part 2 is a true continuation of the first video.

...and even though I just love the cover image on that first video I can’t seem to get it changed…

Melamine Part 2: Apply Edge Banding

Melamine Part 1: Getting Clean Cuts

I hope you find these helpful and informative.

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posted 01-30-2013 09:59 PM

Great video Todd. You really hit the basics of applying melamine edgebanding with the basic tools needed.
I assume you have some other methods that allow you to crank them out a little faster. I purchased the Virutex handheld edgebander a few years ago and has easily paid for itself with the time saved.

I also have the double edge trimmer. Exactly the same as yours except it has a Virutex sticker on it. It seems you may need to tweak your cutters to get the cut your looking for. I messed with mine and now I can run the trimmer and hit the edges with some 220 on a small block of 1/4” mdf to knock off the sharp edges and it’s good to go.
Along with the edge trimmer I also use the end trimmer, also a good time saver.

On thing I would like to add is about the different types of edgebanding available. The melamine banding that you demonstrated is the most common at the big box stores and a good one to learn with. BUT….there’s always one of those….It is the most brittle. The chip you made with the trimmer is a good example. Another good alternative is polyester edgebanding. It is still iron friendly but has a little more durability.
One other mention would be PVC edging. This is probably the most common commercially used banding. It’s has a better give and takes the daily abuse of life better because it’s just softer and gives with the punches. DO NOT attempt to iron this. It can be done but it melts right along with the glue. Hot air applied to the glue from below is the proper route to go with this. Switching to PVC edging was one of the reasons I went for getting the handheld hot air unit.
Of course this is all with pre-glued banding. Hot glue pot machines with plain banding is a whole new ball game…maybe another sport altogether. I don’t think I’ll ever get to that realm. But with the color choices of pre-glued edging dwindling with my supplier who knows.
But…..haha..another one….pre-glued wood edging seems to be easier to come buy.

Another trick I use for the small chips is simply a paint pen. Touch the tip to the chip and it soaks in and colors it. Doesn’t make it disappear but makes it almost undetectable by the average consumer.

Hope your staying busy!!!! Keep the videos coming!

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posted 02-12-2013 03:58 PM

Great video.
Thank you!
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