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richardchaos

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12-09-2017 04:12 PM

I was looking for some 1/4 MDF at Lowes the other day and they only had that awful Dark Brown HARDBOARD. So I left thinking someone else will have it.

I looked at Menards and Hone Cheapo! NONE the thinnest was 1/2

Now I know i have gotten 1/4 MDF from those places before WTH?

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell


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#1 posted 12-09-2017 04:50 PM

My HD and Lowes (don’t have Menard’s) don’t carry 1/4” MDF, only hardboard. I have to go to my lumber supplier for 1/4” MDF.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 12-09-2017 06:02 PM

I would think 1/4” MDF would not even stay together. Isn’t it more like pressed paper?

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#3 posted 12-09-2017 06:10 PM



My HD and Lowes (don t have Menard s) don t carry 1/4” MDF, only hardboard. I have to go to my lumber supplier for 1/4” MDF.

- SuperCubber

Same here.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 12-09-2017 06:10 PM

Can’t use .25” ply?

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#5 posted 12-09-2017 06:22 PM

Same here, no 1/4” MDF but 1/4” MDO (single sided) was available at Home Depot.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 12-09-2017 07:01 PM

No MDF is not MDO or particle board. Actually its a very nice stable solid product it a wood grain look is not required. NOW i use to buy lots of it from Lowes in Carbondale but its disappeared all of a sudden!

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#7 posted 12-09-2017 07:10 PM



No MDF is not MDO or particle board.
- richardchaos

No one said it was. Ask the store manager or try a lumber company.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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bondogaposis

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#8 posted 12-09-2017 09:27 PM

I have the same problem. I can still can get it from the local lumber yard. I wish they still made Duron.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 12-09-2017 10:07 PM

My local big box store used to carry 1/4” MDF. It was great for patterns, but that’s about all it was good for.

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#10 posted 12-09-2017 11:06 PM



I would think 1/4” MDF would not even stay together. Isn t it more like pressed paper?

- sawdustjunkie

It will stay together. It tougher than you think….......

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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richardchaos

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#11 posted 12-09-2017 11:39 PM

I got my last sheet from Menards. MDF is not particle board and is very tough. if you get it wet it will swell up but for anything you need to be sea on 1/4 Not 11/36 or 2002022/672959406 or what ever undersized BS they say and flat and stable that you can paint over nothing beats it..

I use it all the time as my back panel on night stands, drawer bottoms and now want to make some multi layer clocks and MDF is the only thing that fits that bill perfectly

I would think 1/4” MDF would not even stay together. Isn t it more like pressed paper?

- sawdustjunkie

It will stay together. It tougher than you think….......

- Nubsnstubs

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#12 posted 12-10-2017 04:20 AM

My HD only carries the 1/4” MDF in precut project board section so you can’t get a full sheet of it.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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richardchaos

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#13 posted 12-10-2017 07:29 PM

I looked all over that area no MDF Just crap plywood and that damn dark brown hardboard.

I asked the guy in charge of the lumber at my local Hardware store and he said they quit carrying in in any sizes and he told me the lumberyard he use to work out same thing. He said he was told there in no demand for it anymore… I find that hard to believe. sees the only alert native is you use tested plywood that use to be sold as 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 1 1/8 and 1 1/4 inches. NOW are 1/8, 1/4, 11/32, 15/32, 19/32, 23/32, 1 1/8 and 1 1/4 inches, respectively. In metric terms, the nominal thicknesses are 3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 19, 28 and 32 mm.

KILL ME!


My HD only carries the 1/4” MDF in precut project board section so you can t get a full sheet of it.

- Lazyman

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#14 posted 12-10-2017 09:25 PM

I noticed that Walmart furniture manufacturers do exactly the same thing.


I use it all the time as my back panel on night stands, drawer bottoms and now want to make some multi layer clocks and MDF is the only thing that fits that bill perfectly
- richardchaos

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richardchaos

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#15 posted 12-10-2017 09:31 PM

Thats not MDF Buster Brown. To expensive for the Chinese. Thats called particle board. Its also to exacting it’s 1/4 inch on the nose


I noticed that Walmart furniture manufacturers do exactly the same thing.

I use it all the time as my back panel on night stands, drawer bottoms and now want to make some multi layer clocks and MDF is the only thing that fits that bill perfectly
- richardchaos

- ArtMann

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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