Edge Banding

Edge banding is the name of both a process, and an associated narrow strip of material used to create durable and aesthetically pleasing trim edges during finish carpentry.

Edge banding is used to cover the exposed sides of materials such as plywood, particle board (known commonly as chipboard) or MDF, increasing the durability and giving the appearance of a solid or more valuable material without the hassle of maintaining one. Edge banding can be made of different materials including PVC, ABS, acrylic, melamine, wood or wood veneer.

Traditional edge banding was a manual process that required ordinary carpentry tools and materials. In modern applications, particularly for high-volume, repetitive manufacturing steps such as cabinet doors, edge banding is applied to the substrate by an automated process using a hot melt adhesive. Hot melt adhesives can be water or solvent based and may consist of various raw materials including EVA, PUR, PA, APOA, and PO. Thicker edge bandings typically require a slight concavity to provide a tighter glue line. The thickness can vary from .018" to 5mm or even more. The machine that applies the edge banding is fittingly called an edgebander, which we have in our workshop. An edgebander bonds the edge banding to the substrate, trims the leading and trailing edges, trims top and bottom flush with the substrate, scraps any surplus, and buffs the finished edge - All in a matter of seconds.

Examples of wardrobe panels we have made for Colin Powell Carpenty from Egger MFC which have been ABS edged in our edgebander can be seen below:


In 2015 we invested in our edgebander. This has allowed us to automate the edging of worktops and panels. Below is a video displaying a worktop being edged with a PVC panel. 

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