Melamine panels provide homeowners or store owners an attractive option for making storage shelves or retail displays. Melamine consists of pressed board covered in a polished white or black veneer. It presents a professional appearance for retailers and turns a shop into an attractive place to work. Cutting melamine to custom sizes, however, can prove difficult. It chips and cracks, so you must use care when cutting it.
Replace your standard circular saw blade with a melamine saw blade. Melamine saw blades have teeth specially designed to minimize the risk of chipping melamine veneer while you make the cut.
Measure the panel, and mark the cut line using the T-square as a straightedge. Measure and mark both sides of the melamine panel because you will need to make two cuts.
Set the blade to three-fourths the depth of the melamine panel: Put the melamine panel against the blade; release the blade lock, and drop the blade until the top tooth reaches approximately three-fourths of the way into the melamine panel.
Reset the blade lock once you set the blade to the right depth.
Cut one side of the melamine panel using your cut mark as a guide.
Cut the other side of the melamine panel using the cut mark on the panel's other side as a guide.