What does an Edgebander do?
An edgebander is a machine used in woodworking to apply edging, such as veneer or plastic, to the edges of a workpiece. Edgebanding is typically used to cover the raw edges of plywood or particle board to give a finished look and to protect the edges from damage. An edgebander typically consists of a conveyor belt that moves the workpiece through the machine, a gluing system to apply the edging material, and a trimming and finishing station to smooth and shape the edging material. Edgebanders can be used to apply edging to both straight and curved edges, and can be adjusted to handle different types and thicknesses of edging material.
Benefits of an Edgebander
There are several benefits to using an edgebander in woodworking:
Improved appearance: Applying edgebanding to the edges of a workpiece can give it a finished and professional look, which is especially important for items that will be visible, such as furniture or cabinetry.
Enhanced durability: Edgebanding helps to protect the edges of a workpiece from damage, such as chipping or peeling, which can occur over time with use.
Increased efficiency: An edgebander can apply edging much faster and more accurately than manual methods, which can save time and labor in the woodworking process.
Versatility: Edgebanders can be used to apply edging to both straight and curved edges, and can be adjusted to handle different types and thicknesses of edging material.
Improved quality: Using an edgebander can help ensure that the edging is applied evenly and smoothly, which can improve the overall quality of the finished product.