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Garage Work Shop Storage – Solid Wood Edging

Sledding Down the Driveway

Today was one of those days…  I had to spend some time on clean-up duty, last Thursday’s snowstorm changed overnight to a slushy, wet, mix of precipitation, and it was just cold enough to freeze it all into a solid, crusty mess.  My driveway which I struggled so hard all winter to keep black with pavement was now a mess!  I had to hit the dump for some sand and salt to try and help break-up the crusty mess, especially with another storm forecasted to hit us this afternoon into the evening hours.  Even though I was disappointed with the condition of the driveway, the boys were loving it.  They were able to sled for quite a ways before turning the sled into the snow banks lining the drive way.

After my morning chores were complete I had some free time to do a little woodworking.  In the last installment, I was contemplating how to edge band the base cabinets and whether I was going to use some birch veneer edge banding I had on hand, or whether I was going to use some solid wood edge banding.

As you can see below, I ended up agreeing with Homestead Dad, who commented on the post, and chose solid wood edge banding.  While I was out picking up sand and salt at the dump I had picked up a 1×6 poplar board that matched the color of the cabinets that I had built pretty well.  I decided to rip the strips to 3/8” depth, because I would be gluing and nailing these to the edge of the cabinets.  I was nervous that if I went to thin, I would split the narrow strips with the 3/4” long brads I was using to attached the edging to the cabinets.

Solid Wood Edging

I ripped enough strips so I would have enough left for the drawers and doors that I will eventually be doing as well.  Installation was straight forward, I would would apply glue on the back of each piece of edging, clamp it in place, and attached it with 18 gauge, 3/4” long brads.  The solid wood edging was a little bit wider than the thickness of the plywood, so I lined the edging up flush with the inside face of the cabinet.  I figured if I needed to knock down and edge with a sander it would be easier to do it outside of the cabinet rather than inside of each cabinet.

Wood Edging Applied to Plywood Cabinet

This was a last minute change so I may need to accommodate for this added thickness when I attached the drawer slides to the drawers.  I figure it will be easier to do that than to unscrew and re attach the drawer slides to the cabinets, but we will see.

Wood Edging Applied to Base Cabinet

Hard to tell from the photo below, but I think it really cleans up that outside plywood edge and I am glad I went with the solid wood edging.  Hopefully I will be able to spend some time on the counter top tomorrow after the snow storm clean-up.

Custom Shop Base Cabinet


February 15, 2014 - Posted by | Woodworking | , , , ,


  1. Looks great, as always nice work.

    Comment by Homestead Dad | February 15, 2014 | Reply

  2. I think you will like the edging much better than the plywood alone. I wish I had done that to my miter saw stand.

    Comment by Jeff Branch | February 18, 2014 | Reply

    • I am thinking about using it on the doors as well, just not sure if I want to up the thickness of the edging and do a spline or biscuits for some additional support, since they are doors and may take some more abuse, but the jury is still out on that one.

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | February 22, 2014 | Reply

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