How to perfectly cut particle board without chipping melamine
Cutting particle boards to a perfectly straight edge seems almost impossible, but you can get a straight enough job done. All you have to do is follow this guide on how to cut particle board without chipping the particle wood.
Particle board is one of the most common types of wood used in the repair of homes and buildings. It is made by mixing small woods and resin particles together and then compressing them into panels of different sizes with the use of heat.
These products, such as the melamine boards, are not going to be used for structural construction since it is not as robust as genuine wood panels.
However, mela’mine boards are a good material for any DIY enthusiast. They are cheap, resistant and relatively easy to work with, and they can be used for shelves and full cabinets. However, anyone who has cut a melamine board with a disc power saw will have discovered how incredibly difficult it is not to chip the melamine from the underside of the board.
This problem occurs because the teeth of the cutting disc penetrate cutting the wood on one side, while pushing on the opposite side. Therefore, the melamine, being a little flexible material, breaks, instead of cutting.
However, there is a most practical solution. You do not need to be a woodworker; let’s see the several ways to give those particle boards a clean cut.
- Measure and mark the dimensions on the wood fiber with straight lines. You will have to mark both sides of the board. You must do this very carefully to make sure that both cut marks coincide exactly. The most advisable is to use a pencil, because, with this, you can erase any wrong mark afterward.
- Place the edge of the carpenter’s ruler on a line that you have just marked, and hold it with a G-clamp. The idea is that by placing the saw on the board, the skate can slide on the edge of the ruler, while it cuts exactly by the line of cut that we have previously marked.
- Proceed to cut the board with great care and without haste. Carefully and firmly move the blade through the particle board along each line you have marked. The mountain range has its own rhythm, that is to say, it advances almost by the rotation of the disc, so we should just push it a little bit. If we hurry, the likelihood is that the board will crumble no matter how hard we have tried to avoid it. If we have undertaken the procedure in (2) well, the board will cut perfectly.
- Turn off the saw blade and recover the pieces.
- Apply a layer of clear drying glue to keep the freshly-cut joint edges from breaking.
- Set the table saw on a solid surface. Make sure the blade is sharp and will move as much as is physically possible. This is crucial to get the cleanest possible cut on the particle board.
- Remove dust from the particle board before using it.
For another cutting alternative, you can check the video below:
As you can see, this is a somewhat tricky trick and the good results make it worthwhile. Let us know about what you think the practical steps outlined in this article: “How To Cut Particle Board“.
Would you try this? Or perhaps you have other working solutions.
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