Originally Posted by cubix
The likes of what you would see in wardrobes, is it a certain type of blade for a chop saw or do you simply put your masking tape on. As I seem to be getting a lot of chipped edges which makes it look like a dogs dinner.
Is some laminated wood better than others for not chipping??
The wardrobe material is veneered chipboard or MDF, presumably.
There are a few things you can do to prevent or at least reduce break out.
Most important is to be sure that your saw blade is sharp. An 80 tooth blade on a 250mm chopsaw would be the best.
Make the cut with the face to be seen uppermost - most break out occurs on the underside of the cut.
You could try a false bed on the chopsaw - a piece of MDF would be good for this, and keep a firm downward pressure on the stuff to be cut.
Commercial saws built for cutting sheet materials have a scoring blade; this is designed to minimise break out before the main cutting blade follows to do the principal cut. You can do something similar by scoring the cut line with a sharp knife.
I've never use tape myself, but I can imagine it would help.