|Project by psuedopimp||posted 12-29-2008 09:42 PM||3114 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
My wife wanted my daughter (2 1/2 yrs old) to have a carousel to hang her dress up play clothes on. She found one online for around $250 and said she would buy it, or I could build it. I chose to build it and for around $60 in materials, it turned out to be a lot cheaper (because my time is cheap). Well this is my first attempt at building something with MDF. If I have a choice in the future, I will avoid it. I chose MDF because I really hate painted wood, and the Wife wanted this to be painted white. I hate painting so in the future I will avoid that also. No joke about dust and MDF. unavoidable without a dust collector and i bet even with a good one you would have to do a once over in the whole shop to get up all that dust. unbelievable. I hate that stuff. I hate painting also. Hate it. brush strokes, sand, brush strokes, sand. tried spray paint. but that just soaked in the sides of the MDF. the face looked real good with the spray paint but the sides just wouldn’t cooperate. turns out rollers are more efficient and smoother finish than brushes. Also nailing the dang thing together was a chore. 1/4” MDF likes to split. but it finally went together.
So this was a christmas gift for my little girl. I finished it on christmas eve with one last coat of paint and installing the mirrors. The best part of this project was installing the mirrors. that meant it was done. but nothing beats seeing your little girl on christmas playing with your creation versus a store bought toy.