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Project by Huckleberry posted 02-24-2009 08:42 AM 2340 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nice little commission piece. I made this out of mdf core plywood (red Oak) and the top is made out of maple and walnut. This was a nice little project it was also my first time using mdf core, and I have to say that I am not a fan of it. I just hope that there are no repair calls for this piece. Well it looks good I hope that it holds up to the rigors of life for the customer. My main concern is on the doors of this one when sinking the screws for the cups it just did not feel very good if you know what I mean. I really dig the top on this one kind of stole the idea, I was going to do end grain but the 8/4 maple that I had had some discoloring in it & I thought that it would look trashy.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 09:22 AM

Nice top and design but that flat sawn oak pattern makes me dizzy. Did the customer request it?
If you used the screws that came with the hinges I doubt they will hold very long in the MDF…..unless the customer is a gentle old lady. Maybe some epoxy in the cup hole would give it extra support. I would add some extra screws to the drawer slide too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 02-24-2009 04:21 PM

I really like the top, but I agree with the previous comment, the grain pattern on the cabinet is a little distracting.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#3 posted 02-24-2009 08:34 PM

I like the Walnut and Maple combo , ( ) but the super busy grain and color of the Oak really clashes with the top . JMHO…kind of a stripes and plaid scenario , if you know what I mean.
They make special screw designs and fasteners that are meant to be used on MDF . I found out the hard way on that lesson : (

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 02-25-2009 12:18 AM

Very practical job Huck.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 02-25-2009 02:11 AM

Nice work, Huck!

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#6 posted 02-25-2009 03:09 AM

Love the top. I was considering using the MDF core plywood, but now I am not sure anymore. Really nice work!

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

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