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How to handle Melamine cut panels
This Handy Hint relates to "How to build a Desk & Shelf unit".

Sawing
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.

Fixings
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 possible splitting.
Keep screws at least 25mm away from the edge of shelves and corners.
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.

Adhesives
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 unit.  

 

Backing sheet (optional)
Bestwood Bestwhite vinyl single sided backing (2440x1220x3mm) may be fixed to back of shelf unit or alternatively the unit fixed directly to a wall with or without the backing. The vinyl backing is fixed with 19 x 1.6mm panel pins at 40mm centres.
Note: Bestwood Melamine Cut Panels are not suitable for benchtops or wet areas.  

 

 

 

 

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