Melamine Part 2: Edge Banding

I just finished up the video for applying edge banding to melamine. This video follows Part 1 on how to get clean cuts in melamine, which can be quite a challenge without the right blade and techniques. Once the melamine is cut, often it will need to have edge banding applied. So I cover this topic in Part 2.

I could have made a 2 minute video that shows me applying a piece with an iron and trimming the excess, but that can leave a person with a lot of questions.

In these videos, you not only get the information and a good demonstration, but plenty of peripherial information so you can dive into it with confidence for a variety of situations and knowing how to deal with imperfections.

The information in these videos is geared to the beginner and small shop or DIY individual. Because not everyone has heavy equipment like a pro cabinet shop to accomplish these tasks, but I know you can get great results with this information.

I have posted part 1 again for anyone who has missed it. The footage was all recorded at the same time so part 2 is a true continuation of the first video.

Melamine Part 2: Apply Edge Banding

Melamine Part 1: Getting Clean Cuts

I hope you find these videos helpful. 

Todd A. Clippinger

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Cutting Metal In A Woodshop

As woodworkers we also need to cut metal once in a while. Also, having the ability to cut metal will allow us to create custom handles as I have on past projects. 

The question is how do we get a clean cut? Hacksaw? Reciprocating saw?

Nope - portaband is the answer.

The portaband is a powerful, smooth cutting portable bandsaw and a tool that I recommend for any custom woodworking shop. 

Hope you enjoy!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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A Shop Tip And A New Instructional DVD

Shop Tip

Clamps protected with heavy plastic during glue-up.Doing glue-ups can leave a frustrating mess of adhesive on your clamps. I have seen many suggestions of applying wax or tape to the surface of the clamps, or using wax paper to separate and protect the clamps from the glue. All of these work to varying degrees and I have tried them, but today I will share my favorite method for protecting clamps from glue.6 mil heavy plastic.

I like to use a heavy plastic sheeting often called visqueen. It is a construction grade plastic that usually about 6 mils thick. The benefit of this is that it is incredibly durable and so the plastic is reusable. Wax paper may be reused once or twice, but it will not even come close to lasting like this stuff. My plastic pieces have been in service for about 4 years now and are in great shape. 

Bending the plastic easily releases the glue.The heavy plastic only needs to be shaken or bent to release the glue. Sometimes I shake the pieces outside or I run them across the edge of my workbench and wipe the glue off with my hand, depositing it straight into the trash can. Then they are ready to go again.Running plastic over end of bench releases dried glue.

I don't try to cut pieces exactly to the size of the glue-up. I just have a series of strips that I lay over my clamps and they overlap as necessary to fit the size of the project. This creates an expandable and adjustable system of clamp protection that can be used for any project instead of being dedicated to only one.

Using the plastic in this manner works best for panel glue-ups, but not so much with a glue-up such as a cabinet carcass. On something like that tape may be the best answer. In my shop I just do so many panel glue-ups of various sizes that I use these on a frequent basis.


New Plans & DVD From Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison has just released another instructional DVD and set of plans for a the Ultimate Shop Stool. It is a beautifully designed piece of sculptural furniture that includes a footrest and drop leaf desk that can be mounted on the right or left. The DVD and full size templates are a great value at $29.99. I can tell you from designing furniture myself that templates are worth their weight in gold.

You can check out all the various plans that Scott offers at He is creating quite a library of pieces to choose from so check back with him regularly to see what he has to offer. His videos are of good quality with clear video and audio. He is a great teacher and is good at laying out the information in a comprehensive format. It feels like Scott is giving you a personal lesson in shop, they are well worth checking out.Instruction DVD's from Scott Morrison.

You can check out the review I did on his other videos "Building an Elegant Rocking Chair" and "Building A Contemporary Bar Stool."

That is all I have for now and so I will leave you with Scott's intro video to his Ultimate Shop Stool. He also has a few more videos that can be seen at his YouTube Channel.

Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger.

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