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Workshop Cabinets and Helpers #2: Melamine = sharp

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Blog entry by AnthonyC posted 1490 days ago 1061 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So in preparation for my major kitchen remodel, I have been building some prototype cabinets, frames, etc. Testing my skills and making sure my existing tools and jigs are up to the task.

Well my Craftsman router table has a slight warp in it and ruins the last 6” of just about any edge profile. So I made the decision to build a quick and dirty router table with some melamine I had laying around.

It was from an old shop cabinet that came apart.

Well, while handling it, I gave myself two nasty finger cuts (deep paper cut, not a gash). It was like a knife blade. Very straight and smooth . . . and painful.

So I clipped off all the raw edges on the table saw (even the pieces I am not going to use right now) so that no more jaggies are waiting for an unsuspecting hand.

So stay safe my friends. :)

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.



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Jack Barnhill

366 posts in 1992 days


#1 posted 1490 days ago

Just a suggestion, keep a sanding block handy with about 150-grit paper and go over the freshly cut edges once or twice. It makes them much more friendly.

My block is just a 4X6 piece of 3/4 MDF with self-adhesive 105-grit paper on both sides.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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patron

13001 posts in 1967 days


#2 posted 1490 days ago

i’m with jack on this
sand your corners ,
unless they need to be banded .
then sand then ,
enough to flush them ,
and bevel them slightly ,
so they don’t catch something ,
and rip the banding loose .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jack Barnhill

366 posts in 1992 days


#3 posted 1490 days ago

Thanks for the clarification, David. I haven’t done any banding so that consideration didn’t come to mind.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

4990 posts in 1935 days


#4 posted 1490 days ago

Alot of lessons to be learned in woodworking.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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childress

841 posts in 2168 days


#5 posted 1489 days ago

Melamine can be nasty. If I’m milling a lot of it, I will put on some gloves to protect my hands.

-- Childress Woodworks

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