Applied edge trimming jig. *PIC*

Virgil Johnson
I started building a new cabinet for our laundry room from cherry veneer and birch veneer plywood. On several panels I glued a 1/4" strip of cherry to hide the plywood core and match the cherry face frame. I think this is more durable than iron on veneer. I needed a method to trim the overhang down flush easily since I am going to build a few more cabinets after this one. Yeah I could do this with a plane while listening to the birds sing and fine tuning my...yawn..This project is far removed from fine furniture and I'm in hurry.

I built a jig for my router that makes quick work of knocking the 1/16 material down to within .005" or so of the veneer face. I milled the strips to 13/16 (ply is about .700) and I can glue them on fast and not have to fuss with getting them exactly flush. Did I mention I was in a hurry?

The jig is made from scrap 1/4 hardboard and pine. Glued assembly. ( I was in a rush here as well) The groove between the pine and hardboard is for the 1/4 strip to clear before being trimmed. The bit sits about .005 above the hardboard that forms the base.

I used a 3/8 straight flute bit. The cut was very smooth with no tear out. I took off the bulk of the raised edge with a card scraper before finish sanding with 320.

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