MDF wall panel system, waynescoting

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Project by James Lango posted 11-18-2008 01:30 PM 22669 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The basement needed to be remodeled. I wanted somehow to incorporate my love for woodworking into the job. Real wood was the first choice, but probably would have costs around 2grand. Well for about $500 bucks, 10 sheets 3/4” MDF, paint, lights, etc.. the whole basement was remodeled. Lowes calls this color Mocha brown- although it could be a little darker i am OK with the turn out. One 4×8 sheet coveres me for about 8 linear feet. The raised panels are 14×22, the base is 8” high, the styles and top rails are 5”, the outer base is 3”, and the little cap is 2”.
All the panels are milled to fit together with tounge and grove. The raised panels all have a tounge on 4 sides, and the groves were cut on the top and bottom base. When assembeled everything fits together. I drylock painted my walls, (which were bone dry already). Primer-sealed ALL sides of the MDF, painted, and assembled and nailed to the walls. For $25 bucks a sheet you cant go wrong. Gives the basement a nice study, library or courtroom look (almost).


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John Stegall

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#1 posted 11-18-2008 02:52 PM

I think it looks terrific. I assume that you had to do the milling. Did you use a router table for the raised panel or a shaper? If a router, what h.p.?

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 11-18-2008 03:18 PM

Excellent use of MDF. Well designed. I’ve seen some tremendous moldings built up from MDF then filled and painted. Seems to be the standard for painted detail in the Treasure Valley.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-18-2008 03:24 PM

Great Look,
Ya know I always had a attitude against MDF but the more I work with it I have to change my miind. It is almost like clay you can do turn it into alot of different things. Nice job.


-- J. Jacobson, Rockford Illinois,

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James Lango

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#4 posted 11-18-2008 03:37 PM

The raised panels were all cut on the table saw with a jig. (same jig as used for wedding box). I agree Baxter- i never liked MDF either, but it paints well and mills easily. The dust is a whole other issue! Even with the collector running, the dust is everywhere!!! My face mask even turned colors.


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#5 posted 11-18-2008 04:23 PM

I hate cutting it because of the dust, but MDF shapes so well if you’re painting the item it’s almost the best material to use.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#6 posted 11-18-2008 05:30 PM

Great work, excellent results!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 11-18-2008 05:49 PM

That really makes MDF look good. I need to wear a respirator any time I cut it, so I don’t use it that often.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 11-18-2008 06:17 PM

Beautiful job! I’m not showing this to my wife because if I do she’ll want me to do our kitchen with it. ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 11-18-2008 10:00 PM

Another great use besides making jigs for MDF.
It looks great. I’m a firm believer in using MDF when you can, whether making jigs, testing cut or building pieces that will be painted.

John- go to my projects and look at my kitchen and read the story there. I built 26 raised panel doors and 6 drawers for less than $500 and that’s counting all hardware and panel raising bit.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#10 posted 11-19-2008 03:14 AM

Wonderful look to your basement! I’ve been doing mdf raised panels in the bedroom and living room. Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 11-19-2008 04:39 AM

As a California native, I must ask: What’s a basement? ;-)

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#12 posted 02-09-2010 08:57 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I’m in the early stages of planning a basement rec room and this was one options I was considering. Do you have more info on the wedding box jig mentioned?

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#13 posted 02-09-2010 08:59 PM

Looks great James beautiful work

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 12-16-2010 07:08 PM

Great project. I’m looking at doing something similar. When you say it’s nailed to the walls…where is it nailed? I don’t see any nails in the pictures, but they aren’t zoomed in either. Are you shooting nails straight through the raised panel or rails & stiles?


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