Working with melamine faced particle board

1. Linear Cutting

  • Cutting with Circular Saw (Equipment and Technique)
  • Cutting with the sliding table saw
    main saw and scoring saw
Table Saw, Type: Circular Saw
  • Size of saw blade : 10"-12" with 80 – 100 teeth
  • Material of Saw Teeth : Tungsten Carbide
  • Blade styles : Trapezoid teeth of alternating teeth
  • Speed : 4,000 rpm per minute
  • Cutting: The blade height shall not exceed 30 mm. measuring from the edge of the work piece
  • Sharpening of saw blade: After cutting of 300 - 400 sheets or increased crack of the saw blades is seen.
  • Feeding speed: 50-60 seconds; reduce the speed if the panel has crack



  • ** Cutting with circular saw can cause the crack at the bottom side
    There are 2 types of saw blades, namely Main Saw and Scoring Saw, whereas the scoring saw is for scratching the bottom before the main saw

    Sliding type table saw : Main saw and scoring saw

    Appearance of the main saw and scoring saw

    2. Cutting the melamine faced particle board in curving form

    Cutting the wood in curved form in case of having the curved form
    1. Place the curved form as required on the melamine faced particle board.
    2. Trimming the edge of the melamine faced particle board with the circular saw or jig saw in the shape similar to the form.
    3. Cutting along the curved line of the form with the router at the speed of 9,000 – 23,000 rpm.
    4. The router bit shall be about 12 cm. long.

    3. Crack caused by cutting

    The quality of the cracked edge depends on the many factors such as no scoring saw available at the bottom, the sharpness of the saw blade, the setup distance of saw blade, the speed of the saw blade, the pushing speed to the saw blade. Normally the crack occurs on the edge bottom surface

    Solution
    1. Trimming the edge with router: The cutting procedure shall have an allowance of the length of the melamine faced particle board at each side about 2 mm. for trimming the edge due to the crack caused by cutting, such as if you need the work piece of size 120 cm. length by 60 cm. wide, you should cut the work piece at the size of 120.2 cm x 60.2 cm.
    2. If the crack is just little, rub it with the sand paper or cover the edge with the paint.
    3. When installing it, put the cracked side on the inside such as the inside of the door.

    4. Edge banding

    Melamine faced particle board, which was cut into work piece in the desired size, will be banded at the edge with many types of banding materials depending on the type of the work piece. Generally, the edge of melamine faced particle board is preferably banded with PVC, which shall be 1.5 mm. wider than the thickness of the melamine faced particle board edge.

    • Banding the edge with hot melted glue
    • Banding the edge with the rubber glue
    Type of the edge
  • 1. The hot melted glue will be transferred from the glue tank along the pipe into the roller.
  • 2. Set the desired length of the edge. (The machine will cut to set length automatically.
  • 3. Place the melamine faced particle board on the edge presser and press edge along the melamine faced particle board with the hand. Then dressing the edge with the cutter blade or router.
  • 4. Use the turpentine or coconut oil to clean the glue stain at the edge of the work piece.
  • Type of the edge banding machine
  • 1. Clean the surface of the work piece
  • 2. Apply the rubber glue along the edge of the work piece
  • 3. Let it dry out for about 7 minutes
  • 4. Dovetail the desired banding edge on the work piece. The width of the banding edge shall 1.5 mm. wider than the thickness of the melamine faced particle board.
  • 5. Press the air out.
  • 6. Dressing the edge with the cutter blade or router.
  • 7. Use the turpentine or coconut oil to clean the glue stain at the edge of the work piece.
  • 5. Fastening the melamine faced particle board with the screw

    Fastening the melamine faced particle board with the screw.
  • 1. Use screw for wood. The diameter and the length of the screw depend on the thickness of the woods to be dovetailed.
  • 2. Pre-drilling the hole with the drilling machine
  • 3. Use the drill to drill the screw through the bottom of the work piece so that you feel that it fastens very well.
  • The difference of the screw type


    Type of the screw for wood : spiky screw

    Type of screw for metal : round tipped screw

    Recommendation for a proper selection of screws:

    Measuring the length of the screw and the work piece
  • 1. Specify the thickness of the work piece to determine using the screw length.
  • 2. Place the wood sheet touching each other.
  • 3. Put the screw over the thickness of the work piece, the head of the screw shall be close to the edge of any side and the tip of the screw shall have the length that it goes through the first work piece till the middle of the second work piece.







  • *** Caution: The screw shall be at least 3 mm. shorter than the work pieces.

    We recommend to using horseshoe screw, in case the screw head should not be seen on the work piece

    Horseshoe Screw