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Right now, I'm building, (among other things), a closet for the show.
I'm making most of it out of 3/4" white melamine.
When you cut melamine, the thin decorative coating over the chipboard inner core is prone to chipping.
You quickly realise that running melamine through your tablesaw won't work.
There's a technique you need to learn first.
Here's what you do - Make sure your saw is set up properly. If there are any alignment issue between the blade and the fence, you'll get chip out no matter what you do. Check the blade is at 90* to the bed and make sure that you're using a dedicated melamine saw blade like this one:
Next, you have to score the cut on both sides of the board before you make the final pass.
To do that, set the blade depth to 1/16" to 3/32", so that it doesn't fully penetrate the surface on the first pass. It should just score the surface.
Do that on both sides of the melamine board before you make the final pass.
The final pass should not go all the way through to the height of the melamine surface on the other side so there's no chance of damaging the clean cut you already made.
You should now have a clean, chip free cut on both sides. You'll probably see the cut depth line from the final pass which you can take off with a sharp block plane if it bothers you. Now you're ready for installation or edgebanding.
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