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#1 posted 01-06-2013 07:40 PM

Plywood is stiffer in spans like shelves, holds most fasteners
better (I use confirmats in MDF and they are an exception),
stays less flat than MDF, and is lighter.

You can get some of MDF’s stability benefits in a plywood
by using the plywood that has 2 or 3 layers of 1/8”
MDF in it. I’ve used it and found it offered a good
blend/compromise of both materials.

Using MDF will save you some money and eliminate
some of the hassles of dealing with (especially cheaper
grades of) plywood.

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