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Old August 31st 06, 03:30 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get from B&Q. My
question is, how do you cut it without splintering the edges???

Thanks.
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Old August 31st 06, 03:47 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Cyberdog wrote:
Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get from B&Q. My
question is, how do you cut it without splintering the edges???

Thanks.


If you haven't already bought it, go to Homebase or somewhere they still
cut to size. Difficult to get the accuracy required for units otherwise.
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Old August 31st 06, 04:01 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Stuart Noble wrote:
Cyberdog wrote:
Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get from B&Q. My
question is, how do you cut it without splintering the edges???

Thanks.


If you haven't already bought it, go to Homebase or somewhere they still
cut to size. Difficult to get the accuracy required for units otherwise.


B&Q will cut to size (in larger stores anyway)

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Old August 31st 06, 04:13 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get from B&Q.

My
question is, how do you cut it without splintering the edges???

Thanks.


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Buy a small 'shark pull saw':

http://www.machinemart.co.uk/product...2&r=2086&g=111

A bit of practice is needed but they produce near perfect cuts. The larger ones
can be a bit harsh so stay with the smaller sizes.

Cic.



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Old August 31st 06, 04:39 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Cyberdog wrote:

Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get from B&Q. My
question is, how do you cut it without splintering the edges???


Depends on the saw you use. With a circular saw or jigsaw you will get
chipping on the top surface - so you need to choose your side of cut
such that this is positioned on the side you won't see.

If that is not acceptable, then sometimes you can cut oversize and use
an power plane to bring the board to final size and leave a nice edge.
Note you will need to plane into the board from both sides to prevent
tearout at the corner.

For the ulimate quality of cut in chipboard you need a router with a
straight fluted cutter used along a guide batten.

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John.

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Old August 31st 06, 05:19 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Stuart Noble wrote:
Cyberdog wrote:
Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get
from B&Q. My
question is, how do you cut it without splintering the edges???

Thanks.


If you haven't already bought it, go to Homebase or somewhere they still
cut to size. Difficult to get the accuracy required for units otherwise.


1/. Tape up the cut with masking tape before cutting.

2/. Use a fine toothed blade and take it slowly.

3/. Pray.
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Old August 31st 06, 05:34 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On 2006-08-31 14:30:06 +0100, Cyberdog said:

Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get
from B&Q. My
question is, how do you cut it without splintering the edges???

Thanks.


There are a few ways.

The best is to use a table saw with an additional scoring blade in
front of the main blade.
The scoring blade has a kerf slightly wider than the main blade and
rotates in the opposite direction.
It doesn't cut all of the way through the sheet - just the veneer plus
a bit more and on the underside.
The main blade cuts with the teeth entering from the top side.
This has the effect that there is no chip-out of the veneer on either side.

You may be able to find a cabinet or joinery shop with a saw with this
facility.

Some DIY stores have a panel saw and will cut to size for you.
However, these saws typically don't
have scoring blades and are often not set up very accurately. Since
making of cabinets depends
on very accurate cutting of material, you might be disappointed unless
you carefully design the sheet layouts so that the sizes can be
achieved without the saw being reset between certain cuts. This
might involve use of more material.

If you are happy to cut yourself, you can reduce chipping by using a
new and good quality fine toothed circular saw blade together with
taping on the line of the cut. However, it won't be as good as the
table saw/scoring blade method.


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Old August 31st 06, 05:38 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Cyberdog wrote:

Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get from B&Q. My
question is, how do you cut it without splintering the edges???

Thanks.


2 more methods:

1. cut the melamine with stanley knife then saw through next to it,
taking care not to chip the scored edge.

2. Put sheet face down onto some scrap hardboard and cut thru the 2 as
one. As long as the hardboard is pressed against the melamine, the
latter wont chip on the side the hb presses onto.

Sawing then planing works sort of, but not really well.


NT

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Old August 31st 06, 05:54 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Cyberdog wrote:
Hi,
I am making some units with the melamine covered chip board you get
from B&Q. My question is, how do you cut it without splintering the
edges???

Thanks.


Your question has been answered by MrRumm,the ultimate
sharp,unsplintered,perfect straight cut can be aquired by a router,however
you need a piece of wood clamped to the edge of the chip board to stop the
router shattering the edge piece at the ending of the cut.

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Sir Benjamin Middlethwaite



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Old August 31st 06, 07:12 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 15:39:34 +0100, John Rumm wrote:

Depends on the saw you use. With a circular saw or jigsaw you will get
chipping on the top surface ...


You can get jigsaw blades that cut on the down stroke not the up so you
can have the good side up and not get chipping. These blades are sold as
worktop or laminate blades. They worked, with no chipping, on Homebase's
cheapo white worktop that became our interior window ledges the other
week.

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