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#1 posted 04-24-2013 12:31 PM


I too was raised old school and just mentioning partical board or MDF was curse words. I was taught that both were only used because it was cheap but they where inferior in quality compared to plywood.

It took me years doing woodworking professionally before I realized there were places and times when MDF was actually a better product to use ( no, not in fine furniture or fine cabinetry).

A couple of advantages using MDF versus plywood; if you are going to paint a project, you can eliminate the steps of having to fill the entire surface so you can sand it smooth. You can route a profile on MDF ( not so easy with plywood without blowout and a lot of filling voids).

MDF works great for doing raised panels for painted doors. (can’t do raised panels with plywood)

By no means do I think MDF is superior to a good grade plywood for most building purposes, but it’s not always a curse to use it. There’s definitely a time and place when MDF works well and it’s not always just because it’s cheaper.

Personally, I would much rather work with solid wood or a furniture grade plywood, but I do use MDF in certain instances and have slowly allowed myself to admitting it. LOL.

BTW; The biggest disadvantage to using MDF is the dust it creates.

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