How to Apply Iron-On Edge Banding

Iron-on edge banding is a quick and easy way to apply a smooth, finished edge on woodworking projects especially those that use a laminate product such as plywood. A hot clothes iron activates the adhesive on the banding which causes it to stick to the wood. All you need to do then is to trim off the edges.

Measure the length of edge banding you need. Allow about one inch extra. Try to get the splice pieces on the banding to go in an unnoticed location. Cut the banding or bend it to snap it in two.

Put the banding on least noticeable side of the wood first. For example, place it on the two sides of the wood piece first, and then apply it to the front of the piece of wood. That way you can place the front band so it slightly overlaps the side pieces and hides them.

Plug the clothes iron in an allow it to heat to medium or medium-high setting. On some irons this would be the cotton setting.

Clamp the piece of wood so the piece that is having the banding applied to it is horizontal. Set the banding piece on the piece of wood.

Work from one end to the other to apply the banding. Set the hot iron on the iron-on banding strip for a few seconds and then move it on down the strip. Keep the iron moving or the wood may turn dark. You can follow the iron with a piece of wood to keep pressure applied to the glue as it dries.

Run the trimming tool along the edge of the cooled banding strip to trim off the excess edge. Lightly sand the edge if necessary. Stain or varnish the edge banding the same as you do the rest of the wood in the project.


You may get glue on the sole plate of the clothes iron, so you may not want to use a good iron for this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Iron-on edge banding
  • Scissors
  • Clothes iron
  • Edge trimming tool
  • Sandpaper
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