Edge Banding Iron Size: How Hot Should I Use?
There are many types of iron available in the market today. Some are made from steel while others have a nickel or bronze coating.
There are some types of iron which are better suited for certain applications than other types. For example, stainless steel is much stronger than any type of iron. However, it is also much more expensive than other types of iron. Just because an iron is the most expensive does not mean that it is the best one to use for a specific application. If the iron is to be used for edge banding, then a steel iron is recommended.
We all know that the application of edge banding is to protect wood from moisture and wear.
When it comes to edge banding, the type of iron that you should use will be dependent upon two factors: The thickness of the plywood that you are using for your edge banding, and also the type of edge banding that you are using for your plywood.
What Size Iron Do I Need For 3/4″ Plywood?
For plywood that is three-quarter inches thick or less, any type of common steel iron should be sufficient. If you are using a heavier plywood or if you are using hardwood for the perimeter of your plywood, then using a stronger type of iron is recommended.
Just remember to press down on the iron as you go over the edge banding so that you can get it properly set into the wood. If you use too much force while pressing down, then the iron will simply sink into the wood and make a depression.
How Hot Should Your Iron Be?
The temperature of the iron should be very hot but not so hot that it starts to burn the wood. The best way to tell if the iron is at the right temperature is to test it on a piece of wood.
Once you see how the wood changes color, you will know whether you have the right temperature or not. When it comes to edge banding, a common complaint amongst people is that if the iron isn’t hot enough then the plywood veneer will not adhere to the plywood. If the wood starts to burn then you need to turn the temperature down a bit.
Do I Need To Stain The Wood After Applying?
The type of stain that you choose is up to you. If the iron is too hot then the edge banding will bubble up and look unnatural.
You want to get the temperature just right so that you don’t have either of these problems. Normally, you will want to stain the wood so that it matches the rest of your furniture. You could also choose not to stain it so that the edge banding really stands out.
When it comes to the type of stain that you use, you are limited only by your imagination. It used to be the case that you could only get a watered down version of whatever stain the manufacturer decided to use.
Nowadays, however, you can get wood stains made from all types of materials. The sky is really the limit.
One type of stain that you might want to consider is an oil-based stain or even a paint. These stains tend to give more protection than their water-based brethren.
If you are going to use an oil or paint-based stain, however, be sure to sand the edge banding before you stain it. Otherwise, the stain won’t take properly to the wood and you will be left with blotches or uneven coloring.
A water-based stain is the safer bet since it won’t ruin the plywood like an oil or paint-based stain. It also affords you a greater degree of control over how the plywood is stained.
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