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Getting Clean Cuts In Melamine

Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 05-09-2012 03:55 AM 4528 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Melamine is great for making shelves or perhaps utility cabinets. But getting a cut without a lot of chipping can be a challenge. In this video I share my tools and techniques for creating clean cuts on both sides of melamine.

The blade I use in the video is a triple chip Freud LU97R010. It makes the cut on the back side as clean as on the top side.

The images of the cuts in the video are of the backside of the material where chip-out tends to occur.

In Part II I will show you how to apply edge banding.

This is not just instructional, it really is a peak inside of my world as a professional. I hope you find it helpful.

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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://AmericanCraftsmanWorkshop.com



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posted 05-09-2012 09:15 AM

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posted 05-13-2012 08:25 PM

Good information, biggest thing to cutting melamine with small chips on the bottom side is a “sharp” 80t saw
Melamine dulls saw blades quickly you will see more chipping as it dulls
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posted 06-10-2012 11:34 PM

I agree with Debbie and Todd. Get the correct blade.

I have one question for Todd….

Do you work for Freud ?

Just curious….

Great information, share the love, share the information.

Maybe compare this method to trim laminate bit in a small router and clean up the edge with a file….

Excellent video, it looks almost “to good”. Sound person, Cameraman, Lighting done professionally ?

Please don’t take this negatively ! You are setting the bar very high for other “home refurbers” .

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posted 06-11-2012 12:09 AM

japanesewoodworker – No sir, I do not work for Freud nor anybody else, although I could see it appears that way;)

I do not receive compensation for anything that I endorse or share online. I spend my own money on all my tools.

I will admit that as a pro, what I am willing to spend on a good tool or blade is higher than a lot of hobbyists. It is not that I have a lot more money to do so, but I make my living with my tools and so I weigh the cost vs return by a different set of standards than many weekend warriors.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://AmericanCraftsmanWorkshop.com

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posted 06-11-2012 12:19 AM

japanesewoodworker – Sorry I did not finish answering your questions.

Concerning the “video looks too good” I am not offended. I will take that as a compliment since I have invested a lot of money and labor into upgrading the lighting in my shop and purchased a new iMac & Final Cut Pro X. I love working in my shop and my new passion is creating video to help others and share the knowledge.

You can see the blog entry here where I was making some upgrades: http://www.americancraftsmanworkshop.com/journal/2012/1/28/american-craftsman-workshop-video-is-back.html

I have 2 cameras that run simultaneously for a wide shot & close-up shot. I add in stills as well to increase the visual information. I also have a couple of GoPro cameras that I can mount to the machines, they provide a close, wide angle action shot that is a bit unique.

With Final Cut Pro X I can run all the cameras at once then synchronize them automatically in the editing process. I just switch between the multiple camera angles to produce the best angle for any given moment in the video.

It takes me about 4 hours to produce 1 minute of finished video. That is a lot of time, but once it is done, it is out there forever helping other people.

One of the other secrets to creating good video is good audio. I spent about $500 in a good wireless mic setup.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://AmericanCraftsmanWorkshop.com

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posted 06-11-2012 01:20 AM

Thanks Todd for the “above and beyond effort” you put in your videos.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 06-19-2012 11:56 PM

Hi Todd , I’ve been wondering where you have been hanging out as I don’t see you much on LumberJocks lately.
Great video and information as usual , my friend : )
It’s nice watching a PRO at work !
Best wishes.

-- "I've got an hour glass figure , but , it's later than you think"! _Minnie Pearl

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posted 06-20-2012 04:08 AM

Hey Dusty – I have not really had time to hang out anywhere in particular other than the job site or my shop. I am currently getting hammered with work (no pun intended.)

I am taking whatever work I can get since I am intending to replace my truck this year.

Believe me though. I miss sharing at LJ and HomeRefurbers:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://AmericanCraftsmanWorkshop.com

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posted 06-21-2012 02:12 AM

Take it when you can get it , has always been my motto : )
It’s good to be busy. I hope you meet your goal and get that new truck , my friend : )

-- "I've got an hour glass figure , but , it's later than you think"! _Minnie Pearl

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posted 01-02-2013 11:15 AM

Todd, I noticed the blade was well above the board. Is this a requirement for this blade?

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posted 01-02-2013 01:52 PM

Hey Tony – I like to run the blade just a little past the gullet in elevation. On the big table saw, I am closer to what I would recommend, but on the DeWalt jobsite table saw I am running a little higher than normal.

This is an oversight on my part, as I have a lot of things to keep in mind when I am making a video. I am running 3 cameras while trying to remember everything I need to say, to show, and to get it all in one shot.

Concerning the safety factor, everyone’s comfort level is different. But generally speaking, running the blade just so the gullet is allowed to evacuate the material waste is the normal height to run it. At that elevation the recommended blade provides wonderful results.

I really need to get on the second video where I put on the edge banding. It seems like I am always behind the eight ball and do not have the time I need to share regularly the way I would like.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://AmericanCraftsmanWorkshop.com

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posted 01-06-2013 06:23 PM

Hey Todd….any edgebanding in the future?
Always like to pick someone else’s brain/techniques.

I have the handheld Virutex AG52 hot air bander,but pre-glued edging is getting harder to come by around here.
My main supplier is only handling white, almond and black now. Mail orders never are the right color. Any sources that you use?

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 01-06-2013 06:56 PM

I buy locally at A&H Turf Specialties, they are only 3 miles from my shop.

They do online sales here: http://ahturf.com/store/index.php

I only use the iron on banding since I do not do large volumes of edge banding.

Sorry I have not had time to get the edge banding video out, I am just tight on time with my business. Gotta keep the dollar rolling.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://AmericanCraftsmanWorkshop.com

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