Melamine is a delightful material to work with.
It requires no maintenance and is easy to clean. Melamine is well-suited to shelving and worktops that are not subjected to hard wear and tear. Melamine shelving consists of a core of chipboard with a layer of melamine glued on all sides and edges. Sawing into the melamine will expose the bare chipboard core. This can easily be repaired though by applying a piece of melamine edging using a simple electric iron.
See the rest of the SCANDIWOOD programme so you can feel quite certain in your choice of natural solid wood.