How To Edge Plywood – You've been doing it WRONG !

How To Edge Plywood – You've been doing it WRONG !

How To Edge Plywood. In this video Rob shows you the right way to edge plywood with a hardwood banding to make your project look awesome. Rob clears away all the misinformation about how to edge plywood and teaches the right way.
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  1. Wayne Adams on December 30, 2022 at 1:40 am

    I guess safety is not his thing. The way he used that table saw is horribly dangerous. I was going to subscribe until I saw that.

  2. John Cougar on December 30, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Biscuits! Nuff said!😉

  3. Marcous Awad on December 30, 2022 at 1:40 am

    thanks 🌷

  4. Hondo Trailside on December 30, 2022 at 1:42 am

    On the masking tape, that is how the binding is attached to guitars, and while the binding is small, it isn’t flexible relative to every contour of the guitar. Tape gets it done.

    The ultimate no clamp method is a rubbed joint, or a hammered joint, using hide glue. There are methods of doing that with regular wood glue.

  5. Andrew R on December 30, 2022 at 1:45 am

    I can see you have taped a fair share of hockey twigs.

  6. Reg on December 30, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Very informative thanks.
    I also note the Parrot on the floor t about 18:58 🙂

  7. Cymetri on December 30, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Why do you hava an American flag and a Canadian flag on your apron? Are you confused about you loyalties? Or …

  8. nun ya on December 30, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Thank you for explaining that. I learned something today about glueing wood together and the way the grain runs. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Have a great day.

  9. Randy Fox on December 30, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Excellent video and timely! Just about to build a library with a bunch of shelves. Quick question, what about using an edge trim router bit to bring the edge banding flush with the plywood? I ask only because I’ll have a lot of shelving. BTW, go Coug’s!

  10. Fix News on December 30, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Dual citizenship?

  11. ealdydar on December 30, 2022 at 1:51 am

    "Why are you charging me 500$ for one self?". "Well i did it with all hand tools, im an artesian."

  12. tchevrier on December 30, 2022 at 1:52 am

    don’t use your fingers as glue spreaders for CA glue.
    Iearned that the hard way.

  13. Jim Lewis on December 30, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Excellent handplane skills! I love your experience based advice. If it works, it works!

    I’d suggest that the best way to conceal edgebanding is by matching the grain texture and quality. Even more than color, because wood is multicolored, smooth grain transitions fool the eye into thinking it’s all one piece. Look at straightness, texture, and angle, then pick the right shade if you can. It’s tough with rotary cut ply, like these examples, but sometimes you can find plank sawn stock with crazy grain that is a somewhat reasonable match.

  14. ron gt on December 30, 2022 at 1:56 am

    As a cabinet maker for 45 years , No saw guard or riving knife is a no no , and yes masking tape is perfect for timber edging thinner than 20 mm I have used it for years ,

  15. Chis Dalton on December 30, 2022 at 1:56 am

    I’ve also used the masking tape method with great sucess Only failed when I mistakenly used low tax tape

  16. Sam Adams on December 30, 2022 at 1:59 am

    This was back when you could afford wood.

  17. cranky1964 on December 30, 2022 at 1:59 am

    MDF is rubbish, suitable for jigs and not much else.

  18. Robin Pettit on December 30, 2022 at 1:59 am

    I used MDF and hardwood edging for a desktop. I did use dowels for a number of reasons but I understand that they are not absolutely needed.

  19. Lawna & Pete Haigh on December 30, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Great video Rob. Greatly appreciated! 🤠

  20. poorfesor on December 30, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Luthiors have used masking tape to glue on their bindings for years,. Martin, Gibson all still use masking tape for their binding glueups. Some of the older guys use your favorite glue speeder as well. Cabinet makers and luthiers need many of the same skills.

  21. John Dingman Sr. on December 30, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Great Video Rob! Love the Hockey tape Handles!!!

  22. Mark K on December 30, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Great video, as usual. I’m going to be making a dresser with Acacia veneer. I’ll be using 3/4" baltic birch as a substrate. The drawer faces present a challenge because the edges will be visible. I was thinking of bonding 1/4" acacia trim to all the drawer edges, flushing it up to the plywood like you did in the video, and THEN veneer the drawer face over the plywood and edging together. Do you see any issues with this scenario? TIA for any advice you can give me. Thanks for posting. Mark

  23. Larry Bloom on December 30, 2022 at 2:07 am

    @2:54 I guess by now you have seen the rather definitive work by Patrick Sullivan ( that proves the exact opposite of your opening comments about gluing end grain. End grain joints are *far stronger* than edge grain. Period.

  24. lan anh Haoang on December 30, 2022 at 2:07 am

    First time viewer here, another fyi, I lost all respect for you when you put that plane down on its sole. I don’t care and you know in your heart I am right, that you simply never do that. I have worked with idiots who could not read, framing fishing boats on the beach who would chap you in your head for doing that. Maybe not at our age, but you would not have survived apprenticeship. Oh, and to save you experimenting, tape works fine. Chipping a finishing plane blade does not.

  25. zephyr1408 on December 30, 2022 at 2:09 am

    My question is as a production finish/ cabinet maker I do often use this however not the tape though Spencer Lewis does @ Inside Carpenter for miter folding . I guess I need to do it because it’s quality as opposed to quantity Rob? Any suggestion for making it faster? (Bad English there sorry) like now I hv about 20 doors (cabinet) and 17 drawers fronts in red oak ply? And it’s going to really set me back! Oh well right?

  26. GLOBE AMERICANA on December 30, 2022 at 2:11 am

    i like that planer

  27. Steven Jaynes on December 30, 2022 at 2:11 am

    ROB, Nearly 10 years ago I took one of your 1-day classes covering Plane Restoration and Hand-Cut Dovetails at the Woodcraft Store in Tigard, Oregon. That introduction got me off my duff, and into my shop where I mastered both skills to the point virtually every project is "touched" by one or more hand planes and I knock out "sufficient" hand-cut dovetails for a wide range of projects.. I just want to say you keep getting better, improving your communication skills, and providing USEFUL material both live and here on YouTube. Thanks sir for sharing your skills. It’s often said, those who can’t do, teach. That hooey! In order to teach, you must have mastered the topic. You sir are surly a master of what you teach. May the Lord be with you and yours. From Hillsboro, OR and most sincerely, Steve

  28. John Spaans on December 30, 2022 at 2:12 am

    So what have I been doing wrong?

  29. jessestrum on December 30, 2022 at 2:12 am

    thanks rob

  30. hudacekf on December 30, 2022 at 2:13 am

    Yet again another phenomenal video, thank you Mr. Cosman!

  31. jason sloan on December 30, 2022 at 2:16 am

    Needle nail it on no tape no clamps just straight production!

  32. GeeDeeBird on December 30, 2022 at 2:16 am

    This kind of edging is perfect application for a biscuit joiner.

  33. 738polarbear on December 30, 2022 at 2:17 am

    I’ve used iron on edge banding a lot . Never had a problem

  34. s ga on December 30, 2022 at 2:19 am

    You’re the only one doing it correct in history.

  35. Andy Kang on December 30, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Thank you for great tip sir.

  36. lagunafishing on December 30, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Apart from the obvious mistake of laying the plane down on the bench wrong at the start, did anyone learn anything from this?

  37. James Sparlin on December 30, 2022 at 2:22 am

    too much work, here in texas we got 18 ga nailers

  38. Peefor on December 30, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Very interesting video. Yours planes are sharpened beautifully, but my woodwork master (from 1959) would have chewed anyone off for putting such a plane sole-side down on the bench. Far better to place side-face down, as you did sometimes. 🙂

  39. Kenneth Brooks on December 30, 2022 at 2:23 am

    Does MDF hold fasteners as well as plywood in your estimation?

  40. Slam Ak on December 30, 2022 at 2:24 am


  41. colt1954 on December 30, 2022 at 2:26 am

    It’s rather strange, but I happen to like quality plywood end grain.

  42. Rick McCaskill on December 30, 2022 at 2:27 am

    I use masking tape as well. Works great every time.

  43. Randy Kniebes on December 30, 2022 at 2:27 am

    THANKS for the detail for attaching the hardwood edge to the plywood. I don’t have that great of a hand plane, but I got some great ideas and understanding of what I need to do to make that great edge…

  44. Scott Willis on December 30, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Great video! Very clear pronunciation, no annoying background music, clear command of the subject matter, clear and easy to follow demonstrations.

    Wondering whether MDF core shelving would sag more, less, or the same as hardwood plywood?

  45. Pat199rick on December 30, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Run a strip of masking tape along and up to the lipping. Stretch the the masking tape when applying. Use a block to plane to remove the excess edging. The masking tape will protect the veneer. Cabinet scrape off the remaining edge. Sorted.

  46. Paul Cunningham on December 30, 2022 at 2:29 am

    "You’ve been doing it wrong"..! Shouldn’t that be "my way of doing it". I would use a tongue, it takes longer, but you get a much stronger result that lines itself up automatically. If you perceive it as time consuming and want to call it unnecessary, then that is your opinion (which you are welcome to have), but calling it "wrong" is… well… WRONG..!

  47. Keith Fullmer on December 30, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Are you opposed to veneer edge?

  48. Steven DeBell on December 30, 2022 at 2:34 am

    Well done. Good visuals and detailed explanations.

  49. James Turner on December 30, 2022 at 2:35 am

    mdf very dangerus

  50. Duncan on December 30, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Mr. Cosman, excellent video. But how do you know I’ve been doing it wrong?