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Posted on MDF or Plywood for fireplace mantel and surround

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#1 posted 03-19-2011 04:00 AM

I’m assuming you’re going to paint this since you mentioned MDF here? Or are you considering MDF/ply for the core, with veneers over the top, then putting a finish over that?

I am still trying to get together my mantel/fireplace surround and built-in bookcases. Hopefully it’ll happen sometime in the next couple of months. I’m going the plywood route, but that’s because I plan on staining everything, as I want to use oak for the grainy look. With that being said, if I were going to have it all painted, I’d go MDF.

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