Chip-Free Melamine Trim Blades

By now in the cabinet industry, most cabinets along with their components are made up of double-sided melamine. This is due to melamine being decorative, versatile, and highly durable. The challenge faced by many cabinet builders revolve around melamine’s ability to chip very easily. If your saw or saw blade has any imperfections such as a bent saw tooth or misaligned fence, the melamine is going to show this in the form of chipping.

How do we prevent chipping?

Blades designed for melamine will have a high degree alternate angle, usually 30 degrees. Alternate-Tooth Bevel (ATB) blades cut from the outside-in. This action of cutting inwards helps prevent chipping.

In addition to the high degree ATB, blades for cutting melamine will have a 0 – negative 6 degree hook angle. Having this negative hook angle prevents chipping on the bottom side of your panels and eliminates the need for pre-scoring.

The tooth grind in combination with a high polish, properly tensioned saw plate ensures the blade runs true through each cut.

When cutting melamine, we recommend being extra diligent in saw maintenance. Saw collars should be wiped down between blade changes to eliminate sawdust or debris between the collar and saw plate. The fence alignment needs to be thoroughly examined. Use your wrench(es) rather than a piece of wood to tighten the blade to the arbor, which can cause saw tips to bend. Make sure your saw table is clear of debris in-between cuts.

The engineering and design of the chip-free melamine blade will provide clean cuts each time you run a sheet of melamine through your saw. In addition to cutting melamine, these blades will also cut plywood, mdf, and cross-cut solid woods exceptionally well. We offer chip-free melamine blades for table saws, sliding table saws, vertical panel saws, and cut off saws.