Posted 04 July 2012 - 04:19 AM
I want to use my edge banding trimmer that you squeeze and trims both sides in one swipe. I hate using it because it chips the banding quite often and takes more time to redo than it does to trim with a knife and a block of wood.
I've tried going fast, going slow, keep downward pressure, squeeze soft, squeeze hard.
Does this tool just suck?
Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:34 PM
Keep the glue residue cleaned off the blade. I even sharpen x-acto blades with a fine diamond paddle before cutting edgeband.
It also pays to use a quality brand of edgeband. Trim the edges first, then the ends. I have a guillotine type end trimmer , it has to be razor sharp and carefully adjusted. An x-acto from below and a block above works to trim ends as well.
Another thing to pay attention to with edgbanding is what I call burnishing it down. Right after you iron it on, or use a edgeband machine rub the edges down tight before it cools. Gaps and loose edgeband chips and tears much easier.
Sand the corners gently and flat sand cut ends before you band an adjacent edge.
Close attention to tiny details can make or break edgbanding projects.
Good luck! Band some practice pieces before you tackle a batch of parts!
Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:20 AM
Anything you can do to make things more stable such as riding on a second board of similar height, using an edge guide, etc, is a very good idea. Those little laminate routers are much better for the job too, but I don't own one and I've trimmed a ton of edge banding with my Festool OF1400.
As for any corners the bearing can't get to, that's when I use a chisel.
Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:53 AM
Posted 08 July 2012 - 12:01 PM