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The wife would like cabinets for her craft room. She wants them to be made out of white melamine. My question is if I use pocket screws will that provide an adequate joint?

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The wife would like cabinets for her craft room. She wants them to be made out of white melamine. My question is if I use pocket screws will that provide an adequate joint?
I wouldn't use pocket screws at all on melamine. It's just particle board and won't hold very good. If you would just run a shallow dado wood glue would work well on it.
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I made an entire kitchen from Melamine....

I can't help you with the pocket screw question, but I would caution against it. The particle board it's made from is not strong and will split easily. I drove some drywall screws into some pre-drilled pilot holes this weekend, white 1/2" Melamine and they split out in the edges, separating the two surfaces.

For the kitchen I made about 20 years ago, I made dados and rabbets for all the 90 degree joints and used Liquid Nails adhesive for the "glue". It sets up quite hard and bonds to the Melamine. It is a pain to work with and will stick to everything, especially your fingers. Wear Gloves.

The Melamine kitchen was not perfect, but was "temporary" for about 15 years, until I could afford the real Mission style Hickory cabinets which I ordered ready made. It's been a long while, but I think there was around 13 K in cabinets for all 3 rooms, kitchen, dining area and family room. The commercial ones aren't perfect either, but quite a ways above the Melamine version I built.

Melamine is very sharp and will cut you up when working with it. Wear non-slip rubber gloves when handling it. I don't envy you working with it.

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Last time I did cabinets with melamine I just used dados and glue. As far as I know they're still holding together.

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I have a shop full of 3/4" melamine cabinets that are all on casters. I have never used pocket screws on melamine, but I would avoid it.

You need to use particle board screws that have a deeper thread. Use dadoes with glue, or butt joints with particle board screws. Using butt joints and screws allows more thread to bite than a pocket screw would.

I also use 3/4" for the backs just screwed on. If you want them to look nicer, rabbet and glue the backs in, and they will be very solid

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I use butt joints and PB screws. Exposed cabinet sides, as at the end of a run get covered with a panel (i.e. like a door). Would never consider pocket screws.
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I use butt joints and PB screws. Exposed cabinet sides, as at the end of a run get covered with a panel (i.e. like a door). Would never consider pocket screws.
This, except I used dados and wood glue. Panels on the exposed ends.
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Thanks for all the replies, after doing a little more research and reading everyone's comments here, I think I will try to convince her to go with paint grade plywood and paint it white.

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Thanks for all the replies, after doing a little more research and reading everyone's comments here, I think I will try to convince her to go with paint grade plywood and paint it white.
Look into pre-finished plywood. It's only slightly more expensive than unfinished as far as I've heard. It comes in the usual species Oak, Birch, Maple etc.

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