There are a number of ways to remove edge banding adhesive. The techniques vary depending on the type of adhesive. Some adhesives are particularly hard-wearing and may require a powerful solution to remove. You should always use a product that is designed for the type of glue you are removing.
Using a double-sided edge trimmer
Using a double-sided edge trimming tool can help you get rid of edge banding from plywood. The trimmer has two sets of knives – one for straight cutting and one for chamfering. The straight cutting blades create a flush edge and the chamfer knife creates an eased edge that eliminates sharp corners. If the edge banding is too thin, a 45-degree chamfer would extend too far across the piece. Both sets of knives can be used independently or together.
When buying a double-sided edge trimmer, you should keep a few things in mind: Price. While some people may have unlimited funds to spend on a new tool, most of us have a fixed salary and must find a way to meet all our needs within the amount we earn. If you have a tight budget, take the time to compare price tags before making a final decision.
Using denatured alcohol
Denatured alcohol is an effective cleaning solvent for removing edge banding on wood. However, this solvent must be used in the correct proportion. This is why the MSDS (material safety data sheet) must be consulted before attempting this task. The MSDS lists the ingredients of denatured alcohol, including the proportion of each ingredient.
Denatured alcohol is best diluted with water for general cleaning. Afterward, apply the solution to the wood and rub it in to remove the banding. You can then wipe off the residue with a cheese cloth. If you want to protect your hands, you can also use a turpentine rag.
You can also use rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol to remove glue spots. As these solvents are very strong, you must ensure that you do not harm the wood. Avoid letting the solution sit on the surface for too long. If the solution dries on the wood, you should wipe it off quickly with a damp cloth. You should also test the solution on an inconspicuous area first to avoid any damage.
Using a clothes iron
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to remove edge banding, you can use a clothes iron. Before you use the iron, make sure that the edge banding is smooth and flat. Then, place the iron on the highest setting. If the banding is pre-finished, you can use a flannel cloth to protect it from damage.
To remove edge banding, you need a clothes iron, an edge-trimming tool, and cotton fabric. You can purchase a cheap iron from a discount retailer or thrift shop. Be sure to select a cotton heat setting and use the correct technique for the fabric. To remove the edge banding, start by cutting the banding a little longer than the edge you want to cover. Also, be sure to cut the banding to have an equal overhang on each side. Then, place the iron at one end of the edge banding, and move it at a rate of two inches per second.
Using a chisel
Before you start removing edge banding, you need to make sure that your workpiece is mounted in a vise. Using a chisel provides a good visual reference point. Using the tip of the chisel, sight down the edge and make paring cuts. You should ensure that the chisel’s cutting edge is flat and parallel to the scribed line at the base of the tails.
Chisels can be used to remove edge banding from wood, masonry, and other materials. The blade is sharpened on one end, while the handle is made of steel. They are useful for both coarse and fine work. They can be used to rough out shaped parts, fine-tune joints, chop mortises, and pare plugs.