Workshop Cabinets and Helpers #2: Melamine = sharp

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Blog entry by AnthonyC posted 07-24-2010 02:36 AM 1230 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

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 04:47 AM

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 --

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 05:07 AM

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

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 05:38 AM

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 --

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 06:13 AM

Alot of lessons to be learned in woodworking.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#5 posted 07-24-2010 08:29 PM

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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