Hello, Trevor. Melamine might be alright for a fence, but it will not work for the table top. The reason being that it is made of particle board and is not stiff enough. It will sag and peel too easily. The reason for MDF is it is rigid, very flat and will stay that way if you laminate it on both sides with Formica. I used 2 - 3/4" pieces of MDF glued together with the Formica on both sides and 3/4" pine edging a couple of years ago and it is still as good a new
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