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#1 posted 12-07-2012 03:34 PM

Quite honestly, I’d recommend using your table saw. Set your fence up to just skin through the MDF layer. You will probably have to flip the piece over for a second pass since the seats are probably in the realm of 10 – 12 inches wide. Two passes should get you through. If you decide to first rip them into the 2-1/2” blanks, it will be that much easier.

I would be concerned about trying to plane through MDF. Since it is made up of sawdust (of varying quality and sources) and resins, that will be really hard on your planer blades. Saw blades can typically take rougher handling. And since that MDF is exterior grade, even more so.

A word of caution to you: check each seat VERY carefully. I once got a number of old bleacher seats (mine weren’t covered in MDF, thankfully) and one of them had a pattern of small nails or tacks driven into them! Apparently, a child was bored and had a hammer and bunch of nails and decided to leave a lasting memory in the bleachers! I’m glad that I had checked prior to running all that steel through my planer!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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