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Forum topic by MattinCincy posted 12-26-2009 01:08 AM 1079 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2009 01:08 AM

I recently ran across some old templates that I made from 1/2” MDF about 15 years ago and noticed that it was much denser and harder than the stuff I am buying at HD and Lowes. Have the standards changed or has quality just lapsed over the years? I would really like to find a source for 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” material like I used to get years ago – anyone know where to get it?

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#1 posted 12-26-2009 01:27 AM

Different manufacturers make different grades of MDF. The stuff Home Depot sells is the cheapest available. I work in a big cabinet shop. We get mdf from a couple different distributors, from a few different manufacturers. They are all a lot better then the Home Depot stuff.

-- Gerry,

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#2 posted 12-26-2009 01:45 AM

The same with particle board. Some you can break apart with your hand and when you cut it it leaves a ragged edge. The good stuff leaves a nice square clean cut. It is much harder to kick a hole in the back of a cabinet made with the good stuff. Cost about one dollar more per cabinet, but almost all prefabs use the cheap stuff.

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#3 posted 12-26-2009 03:49 AM

You do realise there are various densities of “mdf” fact..mdf is Medium Density Fiberboard

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 03:27 AM

Gerry – do you know any of the manufacturers’ names or where I might be able to get some of the good stuff? I’m not a big user, I might only want one sheet each of 1/4”, 1/2”, and 3/4”. Also, without seeing it, how do you know what to buy if purchasing online? It would be impossible to discern how dense it is.

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#5 posted 12-27-2009 04:14 AM

Try a real lumber yard not a box store an ask for the cabinet grade.

-- Custom furniture

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