"Blend hardwood edging seamlessly with your project's plywood... using a pair of router bits..."

Woodsmith reviewed MLCS Edge Banding Router Bit Sets in the November 2013 issue.

"Hiding the edges of plywood is a challenge that woodworkers have faced since the invention of the material. Simply put, plywood makes building large cabinets easy, but nobody wants to see those exposed plywood edges. So covering them up with a thin strip of hardwood is the typical solution. The only problem is, getting that edging to align and blend seamlessly with the plywood can often be challenging. The edging has a frustrating tendency to slip around on the plywood as you apply clamps to it. And no matter how good you are at choosing hardwood that matches the plywood, the seam between the part and edging is often still visible. EDGE-BANDING BITS. One way to achieve better results when you're joining hardwood edging to plywood is to cut the mating parts with edge-banding router bits first. These bits create mating profiles in the plywood and edging. The end result is an interlocking joint that's sure to align. Then, once the joint is assembled, you can cut the edging off flush with the plywood surface or rout a profile on the edging to make the joint line virtually disappear.

With proper setup and cutting, the profiles in the hardwood and plywood should fit together like a hand in a glove. Once the glue dries, the last step in completing your parts is to rip them to final width.

And thanks to the joint created by the router bits, you have the option of trimming right up to the edge of the plywood and creating an invisible joint. Of course, you can also add a decorative profile to the edging to blend it seamlessly with the plywood.

These edge-banding bits have found a permanent home in my router bit collection, and once you give them a try, I think you'll feel the same. After you get accustomed to setting up and using them, they'll add a seamless, professional touch to your plywood projects."