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Forum topic by 716 posted 02-16-2016 07:21 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2016 07:21 PM

For me the reason is simple. I hate MDF and it seems that 100% (nearly) of furniture you can buy these days is made from MDF.
I had a very minor short lived leak from the faucet in my kitchen island ( which was nothing more than two fastened together standard cabinets + dishwasher in between). The leak essentially destroyed it. The bottom piece of the island turned into slush like substance that crumbled into wet sawdust when I touched it. A contractor came and quoted $3000+ for replacing it with equal “high quality” MDF junk. They do try to make a fool of you and keep telling how MDF is better than real wood. For the money I was able to buy all tools I need (if it ever can be done) and some hundreds of good hardwood material. I by no means am very good at woodworking and you would find dozens shortcomings in my work but still I think the overall quality of that furniture simply cannot be compared to impeccably CNC cut but still falling apart and smelling bad bulk produced stuff.

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#1 posted 02-16-2016 07:25 PM

And they made fun of me for suggesting marine ply…
M

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#2 posted 02-16-2016 08:03 PM

My first thought was to replace it with marine plywood, but I opted out for loose pine boards as temporary measure. So what was the reasoning against the marine plywood ?

-- It's nice!

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 08:35 PM

marine ply will hold to leaks and it is much faster and cheaper to build the carcass from plywood than real hardwood or boards. MDF has its place in life. However, one them is not under a sink.

i made my kitchen cabinets from maple plywood for the boxes, dado-ed and glued. The frames were soft maple, all stained and polyurethaned. The poly protects the ares that may see a splash or small leak. Though any water for a period of time will eventually get the wood in the plies to start to rot. The glue that holds the plies together is water proof.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 10:21 PM

One reason when I build a kitchen I use floor pans under sinks.
Regardless of material.

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#5 posted 02-17-2016 06:16 PM

Just stopped by at home depot, and looked at their custom kitchen section. They were in the process of replacing the inventory and removed tops from most of their cabinets. The furniture does not look bad. The cabinets that are designed for sinks are made entirely from plastic with thin wood veneer outside.

-- It's nice!

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#6 posted 02-27-2016 02:23 PM

I got into it many years ago as a way to make the stupid “cute shelves” and stuff the wife just had to have to decorate. That stuff was way overpriced and i couldn’t justify spending the $$$. Now I just enjoy it.

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#7 posted 02-27-2016 02:31 PM

Norm made me do it :)

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#8 posted 03-01-2016 01:48 PM

I really hated wood shop in school..ima 59 year old retired bricklayer 2 years ago I bought a delta contractors saw for 100 bucks at a yard sale with the intention of reselling it and they thrw in about 30 BF of exotic lumber hobby wood,, the saw sat in my carport for a* coupla months. then 1 day kinda bored I decided to mess around with it. after a coupla days of turning the lumber into firewood and covering myself with glue I started watching u-tube and surfing for wood projects.,,,,chess boards and boxes are now my thing,,,my skills have slowly been improving and im the proud owner a brand new dewalt 3 blade planer, a used delta 4 inch jointer and several other yard sale tools…ive found out you can never have too many clamps…my wife says im obsessed but she gives all my projects away to friends and relatives and she made a list of what she wants me to make next. this site is fantastic so many world class craftsmen,,,im inspired…i’ll sit for hours polishing a box watching tv with my wife looking at me just shaking her head

-- vonfalken

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#9 posted 03-01-2016 02:00 PM

I don’t think some of the cheap stuff should even be called MDF…

That cabinet floor plan looks pretty neat.

And, I agree on Norm making me do it, too :)

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#10 posted 03-03-2016 04:44 PM

I got into more serious woodworking when I stumbled upon a PM66 tablesaw at a garage/barn sale a few years ago for a good price. At the time, my entire shop consisted of about a dozen $99 or less tools from the big box stores. I quickly realized that all of my tools needed to be upgraded to keep up with the PM66.

-- Steve

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#11 posted 03-03-2016 04:57 PM

A1 Jim made me do it ;)

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#12 posted 03-03-2016 05:24 PM

a1Jim kind of looks like Norm.

Coincidence? I think not…

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#13 posted 03-03-2016 05:42 PM

Ha Ha you guys are lots of fun :)

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#14 posted 03-03-2016 05:46 PM

Hahahaha! Jim, I figured you would get a laugh out of that!

-- Matt, Mississippi

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#15 posted 03-03-2016 05:53 PM

FUNNY!!! We need to hear a1Jim pronounce drawing and assembly to know for sure :)


a1Jim kind of looks like Norm.

Coincidence? I think not…

- ste6168


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