Plywood is great for shelving, cabinets, and furniture; but the plies on the edges are unsightly and need to be covered to give the project a finished look. You could attach strips of solid wood to the edges using brads and glue, but an easier method is to apply strips of veneer edge banding that comes with a heat sensitive glue on the back.
To apply veneer edge banding:
Cut the veneer to length.
Position the veneer on the plywood edge.
Use a household iron set on cotton (without steam) to activate the glue, pressing the veneer firmly in place.
After the glue has cooled, use a single cut, mill bastard file to remove the extra veneer from the edges. Hold the file at a sharp angle to the plywood when filing.
Follow this with medium (120 grit) sandpaper to smooth and take the sharp edge off the veneer before finishing the plywood.
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