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03-26-2010 04:49 AM

I am building a blanket chest for the grandaughter. The plans call for 3/4” Quarter Sawn White Oak
plywood. Is it just a personal preference or is there any major difference other thann weight
between MDF or Veneered plywood.
Thanks again ahead of time for all your input.

-- Bob,Fort Worth Texas

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 05:11 AM

mdf is brittle. and can’t really be repaired. won’t hold a screw. it explodes on contact. decent compression strength (IOW: makes a good spacer block).

IOW….it is shit and go with ply.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 05:32 AM

If you are building something like a chest with panels captured in a frame, the mdf would be the way to go. It’s surface is way smoother and stays that way because the underlying veneer does not telegraph through the surface veneer. Most of that fancy face veneer is sliced way thin. If you need something structural, then the veneer core is the one you want.

I would think it would depend on what you have readily available in Quarter sawn white oak plywood (mdf) in your area.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#3 posted 03-27-2010 04:24 AM

Hi Bob,
I’ve used both. Recently I veneered some relatively thick (1/16”) cherry veneer over relatively cheap 1/2” ply for a pair of doors for a lathe tool cabinet. I veneered them some time ago and set them aside. I recently noticed that the plywood core had split. I believe that the pulled the laminations of the plywood apart. If I had inserted the panels into a frame immediately I would never have noticed. I think it will be an easy matter to reglue the laminations before completing the doors. The lesson I learned is to use a better quality plywood. I used the same veneer over some very expensive cherry plywood that I messed up. No delamination in that case. It’s also important to veneer both sides of plywood or mdf. Veneering one side only will cause the panel to warp or cup.

-- Glen

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#4 posted 03-27-2010 05:25 AM

As long as both the plywood and/or MDF are of good quality….there is nothing wrong with either one. They both have drawbacks and benefits.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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