Cutting MDF/laminate

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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 12-11-2010 09:15 PM 1077 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2010 09:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip tablesaw

I have a piece of countertop that I want to use for an art center for my grandson. I will have to trim a bit off for the top shelf. CT is about 12 in. deep; need 8 in. for the shelf. It is not real long so I can use the tablesaw. My question is what to cut it with. I have the following blades for the TS:
Dewalt 10” 60 Teeth ATB Construction Series
Dewalt 10” 32 Teeth ATB Construction Series
Generic (came with saw) 10” 28 Teeth Combination

Thanks in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 09:40 PM

I would use the 60 tooth and use masking tape on the cut line before cutting to help prevent chip out.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 01:04 AM

What Greg said.

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 01:35 AM


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#4 posted 12-12-2010 11:22 PM

Thanks! I can see the wisdom in your answers. I failed to mention (senior moment) that the piece of laminate has a bullnose edge so I will have to cut it with the laminate down on the TS top. Any further suggestions for protecting the top? Maybe a sacrificial piece of plywood, still using your instructions? The length of the piece will be 22-1/2 inches. Thanks!

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#5 posted 12-14-2010 10:22 PM

Thanks for the replies. Hopefully, I can get some pictures to post later.

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