Laminating melamine to MDF? Planing melamine?

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Forum topic by kocgolf posted 11-09-2018 04:36 PM 676 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2018 04:36 PM

I don’t know if this is in the right section as it’s not really wood, but a glue up question. I want to make a tall fence for my table saw with a t-track in it. I was planning to use some melamine I have, but it will need to be thicker than 3/4 inch to really hold the t-track. I want to laminate a piece of melamine to a piece of MDF to get a thicker fence.

Will melamine laminate ok to plywood if I use the melamine specific titebond I have?

Is it safe to plane off the melamine surface of the backside? That seems dicey or not especially good for my planer.

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#1 posted 11-09-2018 05:25 PM

I’m a bit confused, but I think you’re saying you have partial board or similar with melamine laminate on both the front and the back. Now you want to glue that to MDF to effectively have about a 1.5” thick piece with melamine on one side.

There is special glue for melamine and one brand is called Roo glue. I think this would work given the relatively large surface area.

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#2 posted 11-09-2018 07:17 PM

I think the tite bond melamine glue should work.
I have a wide belt so I run the panels through it to take off the melamine coating then just use regular tite bond.

If you can’t remove the melamine layer (belt sander?) maybe you could still rough it up to give it a scratch coat to help it adhere better.

Can you run screws from the back, through the mdf?

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#3 posted 11-09-2018 07:43 PM

I think I will just try to use the melamine glue first, probably drill through as well from the backside. Smart. I’ll test on scrap first. Biggest concern is just making sure it stays dead flat.

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