Some recommend prepping the board with masking tape over the cut lines. It helps but doesn’t make a huge difference, in my experience.
What’s more important is getting the appropriate jigsaw blade for the job. There are hundreds of jigsaw blades to choose from so talk to the experts at your hardware store for the best jigsaw blade recommendations for a curved cut and straight cut.
Another tip would be to score the cut lines with a box cutter before taking the jigsaw to it. This helps to minimize the tearing of the melamine foil when the jigsaw rips through it.
Good luck on the hack and I look forward to seeing your new bedside cubby.
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