Is Edge banding necessary?

What is Edge Banding?

Edge banding refers to the use of a special type of finish applied to the surface of your table saw blade that helps prevent rust from forming on it. You may have seen or heard about edge banding before, but you probably don’t understand all the details. So let’s take a closer look at how it works!

Why Use Edge Banding?

The first reason why you might want to consider using edge banding is because it will make your workpiece easier to cut. Instead of having to apply a separate layer of wax to your table saw blade for easy cutting, you can just use the edge banding.

There are also safety benefits to using edge banding. You’ll be able to cut through it without having to worry about the blade becoming jammed with sawdust or leaving marks on the banding. Normally, the table saw blade has a very rough and abrasive surface. This can cause the wood to catch and grab as it goes over the top, which can lead to kickbacks.

You’ll be able to make through-cuts, or even rip cuts, without any trouble at all.

What’s the Difference Between Each Type? With edge banding, this is not an issue.

Types of Banding for Your Blade

You have two main types of edge banding to choose from: plastic and metal.

The main types of edge banding are polymer, copper, aluminum, brass and stainless steel. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks.

The first type is polymer edge banding. Both are very easy to use, and you can apply them quickly with no hassle at all.

The plastic variety is probably the most common. It’s lighter in color and offers a good grip surface for the wood. These are thin, flexible pieces of material that are a bright yellow color. These types of edge banding are resistant to heat and chemicals, which makes them more durable than other types of edge banding.

It’s also very tough and flexible, which makes it very durable.

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The metal edge banding comes in a few different options as well.

The second type is metal edge banding. These are usually heavier and thicker than other types of edge banding available. The copper edge banding is very soft and easy to cut through. It offers very little protection against rust, but it does offer a good amount of grip on the piece of wood.

Like metal bands, these are prone to nicks and dents.

Brushed aluminum edge banding is made of anodized aluminum. It comes in a brushed silver color with a textured finish. This type of edge banding is softer than the other types, so it’s not quite as durable. Aluminum edge banding is very easy to cut through and leaves almost no marks on the wood when the cut does occur.

It resists both heat and chemicals.

The brushed brass edge banding is the most traditional of the metal edge banding. It can be cut just like the brushed aluminum, but it has more of a golden color to it.

Stainless steel edge banding is the hardest and most durable of all the metal edge banding. It’s easy to cut through, but it does not leave any marks on the wood itself.

Some types of edge banding can’t be used with certain types of table saw blades. It’s important to check whether or not your blade can accept the material that you want to use before you purchase it.

Where Can You Buy This Stuff?

You can buy edge banding at most local hardware stores.

The first place that most people think of when they’re looking to buy edge banding is a local hardware store. There are several different kinds, so you should be able to find exactly what you need in a place like this.

Stores like Home Depot and Lowes sell a wide variety of different types of edge banding. There are also specialty stores that only sell woodworking supplies. These types of shops will most likely have an even greater selection of edge banding.

You can also buy edge banding online if you want. These websites will most likely sell a wider selection of the popular types of edge banding, but not the specialty stuff. So, if you need something a little different than what’s out there, then you’ll have to go to a local shop.

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Safety Precautions

Working with woodworking tools is dangerous. Follow all safety precautions.

Working with wood requires that you follow several important safety precautions to avoid serious bodily injury and even death. When working with woodworking tools, always wear eye protection. Even a small sliver of wood can do a lot of damage when it gets in your eye. Also wear ear protection whenever possible.

Woodworking can be very loud and long-term exposure to these sounds can lead to hearing loss.

Another important thing to remember is that many woodworking tools, especially power tools, emit extremely hot parts. It only takes a moment of inattention for a small child to put an injury causing object into their mouth. Always make sure that any power tools are out of reach of small children whenever you’re using them.

When cutting wood, make sure to wear gloves and not to expose any part of your body. Never wear loose clothing when woodworking and tie back long hair to prevent it from getting caught in a moving part.

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Last update: September 2012

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