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How to cut laminated particle board

Updated April 17, 2017

Cutting laminated particle board---otherwise known as melamine particle core board---can be taxing. It takes a special skill and a steady hand to accomplish the task. You also must take into account the kind of saw you use, as well. Chipped edges and misaligned cuts are common mistakes for a beginner; thus, patience and a keen eye for detail also will come into play when working with laminated particle board.

Measure the surface of the particle core board using a straight ruler. Using a pencil, mark your measurements on the particle board. Also, measure the area of the floor or panelling where you want the board to be placed. A precise measurement is essential for an accurately-sized cut.

Place the laminated particle board atop the work table, near your power saw. Align the blade of the saw onto the marks you made on the particle board; use these marks as your guide.

Don safety glasses to avoid small wood particles getting into your eye. Turn on the power saw and use the hand not holding the saw to guide the board through the blade. Be sure to firmly align the board under the saw, then slowly push the board under the rotating blades.

Tip

Ascertain the length and measurements of the board you want to cut. Small tears and cracks can occur at the bottom of your laminated particle board, after cutting. Turn the board upside down and run the blade along the underside of the board. This should smooth out some visible cracks and chips.

Warning

Always handle power saws with caution.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Straight ruler
  • Pencil
  • Work table
  • Power saw
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About the Author

Based in Princeton, N.J., Jim Stewart has been writing travel- and business-related articles since 1987. His work has appeared in “Inc.” and “Business 2.0” magazines and online at Wired. Stewart received the John Goldenberg Award in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University in Ohio.