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MDF dust...do I have to say more?

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Blog entry by Vernn posted 11-16-2015 02:11 AM 689 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Continuing to make some progress, but I think I’m getting ready to slow down.

The main carcass is complete.

I started working on the top. It is going to be two pieces of 3/4” MDF glued together, edges wrapped in oak and Formica laminated on both sides. I cut down both sheets of MDF to rough size first so I could glue them together. I like MDF, but I can’t stand the dust that it makes. It is something evil…not of this world! So, I got it all glued and clamped for the night.

So, why am I about the slow down you ask…I don’t have my wheels yet and they won’t be hear until Friday. I can’t really put anything else together or I won’t be able to get the casters on due to the weight. I also really need to find a drill press. I’m building the fence rail for the Very Super Cool Tool Fence system and have all the steel ready to go. It’s pretty heavy duty, so I would rather do it all on a drill press rather than with a hand drill. It could be done, but I just don’t want to mess with that. It has to be perfect.

I have been scouring CraigsList for a while now and there are quite a few drill presses out there…but, apparently, most of these people that have them are also on drugs because they want way too much money for them. Some even have current drill presses that you can still get in the store or on Amazon and they want more than retail for them. I just don’t get it! I have one on the radar right now and he’s about an hour out, but our schedules aren’t letting us make the deal…but, I’m hoping to make it happen this week. If not this week…

...that brings up the other thing that is going to slow me down. My wife and I are going out of town starting Friday, so I won’t be getting anything done during that time period.

Still lot’s to do…I don’t want to start on the drawers until I have the table saw setup and ready for use because I really need it to make the drawer parts…at least that will make it a lot easier. There are a few other things that still have to be done, so, it’s not like I won’t have nothing to do while waiting for the wheels.

Until next time…



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#1 posted 11-16-2015 02:33 AM

Oh…I forgot something that I wanted to share…
When I was putting together the MDF sheets…I was agonizing over how I was going to exactly do it. There are lots of opinions that can be found on the Internet about how to go about this and some even say to not use MDF. Nonetheless…I decided to use glue and screws…go figure. What I want to share though is these screws that I ended up using. They are GRK screws that self countersink. They have a cutting edge under the head…and they work pretty well. They left a very clean countersink in the MDF, but is did leave a small little ridge right around the head once in. But it is so small that all I did was hit it with a sanding block with 220 and it was gone and perfectly smooth. They are a little bit spendy, but they seem to work really well.

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