How to handle Melamine cut
Handy Hint relates to "How
to build a Desk & Shelf unit".
Use an electric circular saw or hand saw. If using a hand
saw ensure it is fine toothed and sharp. This will help
avoid breakout of the Melamine finish. Also score the
cutting line with a sharp knife before sawing - this will
also assist in reducing breakout.
Cut the panel slightly oversize and then plane or
alternatively sandpaper to the finished size for a smooth
square edge so the iron-on edge tape will sit flush.
Use only 8 gauge x 40mm surefast self- countersinking screws
- NOT wood screws for the desk and shelf units.
Drill pilot holes 2mm deeper than screw length to stop
Keep screws at least 25mm away from the edge of shelves and
Do not over tighten screws, especially if the screws may
have to be taken out and reinserted. The last turn should be
the one which pulls the screw tight.
Use PVA or similar type of glue. Generally adhesives should
be used in conjunction with screw-fixing. Apply to joints
just prior to final assembly, keep damp rag (water) handy
for wiping off excess glue.
Iron-On Edge Tape
Cut edges that are not seen do not need edge tape eg: the
back edge of shelves when using the Bestwood Bestwhite vinyl
backing or if fixing directly to a wall.
Backing Sheet (optional)
Use 3mm Bestwhite vinyl sheet for the back of the shelf