Instead, select a 10- to 12-tpi blade for larger, gradual curves, or a 20-tpi blade for tight curves (1″ radius or less) in solid wood and all cuts in plywood or melamine-coated particleboard. Finally, remember that jigsaw blades cost a fraction of the material you’re cutting. So know when to call it quits on a blade.
For best results cutting melamine laminate (which is generally compressed wood fiber covered with a thin layer of melamine plastic), you should use a table saw with a crosscut sled and a sharp, clean blade with 40 to 80 alternate-top bevel (ATB) teeth (assuming a 10″ blade).
Similarly, can you cut particle board with a jigsaw? You cut particle board the same way you would any other wood-like material — with a table saw, circular saw, jigsaw, bandsaw. But table saw is the best. If the particleboard is covered with a veneer on one side, then cut with the good side facing up because your table saw may leave a rough edge on the bottom side.
Considering this, how do you cut a melamine jigsaw?
How To: Make Perfect, Chip-Free Cuts in Melamine and Veneer
- First, designate your cutline, and score both sides lightly with a utility knife.
- Second, set your table saw or circular saw blade to cut about 1/4″ into one surface of the melamine.
- Turn the saw off, and back the piece back behind the blade.
How do you drill through melamine without chipping?
A sharp brad-point bit will make a clean hole, but the melamine is hard on the cutting edges and a typical bit will quickly dull. Production shops use special carbide-tipped bits that are expensive and hard to find. For the weekend builder, the best way to drill holes in melamine is to use a router.
What saw blade for melamine?
Amana’s carbide tipped melamine cutting saw blades provide incredibly smooth, chip-free cuts in melamine and laminates. The industrial quality #MB10800 double-face blades are specifically designed to cut melamine chip-free on both sides of the material.
What screws to use on melamine?
Use Coarse-Threaded Screws A coarse-threaded screw, such as a drywall screw, will work better in melamine than a standard wood screw or metal screw. The underlying particle board is coarse and infused with adhesive, so fine screws won’t find much additional purchase and can take more effort to screw in.
How do you cut straight with a jigsaw?
Sawing a straight line with a jigsaw. Clamp a straight strip of wood to the piece of wood you want to saw using G-clamps or jointing clamps, and then guide the foot of the jigsaw along it. Then you’ll get a perfectly straight cut!
Can a jigsaw cut 3/4 inch plywood?
First of all, most jigsaw blades can easily cut 1 3/4″. A regular 4″ blade will usually have a cutting capacity of 3″, which is more than enough. Naturally you should go slow, letting the saw do the work instead of pushing it hard.
How do you keep wood from splintering when cutting?
The best option to minimize splintering is to use what is called a zero-clearance insert. Every table saw has a throat plate that sits around the saw blade and it’s main purpose is to support wood, so small pieces of wood don’t go into the hole around the blade.