|Forum topic by Brett||posted 06-18-2011 12:11 AM||5359 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-18-2011 12:11 AM
My wife will be in charge of a VBS project next week. The goal is for the kids to make little flag holders by gluing a small terracotta pot upside down onto a piece of MDF (the flag-sticks will go down through a hole in the base of the pot and into a hole in the MDF).
She has asked me to make 175+ little MDF squares, and I need a little advice before I proceed.
I can cut well over 200 4”x4” squares from a single 8’x4’ sheet of MDF. I have a portable table saw that I can wheel outside to make the cuts on my well-ventilated lawn, so I don’t see any problems there.
Next, I will need to drill a hole in the center of each square. I have a bench-top drill press with a table and fence that I can clamp a stop to, so drilling the holes in the center of each board should be straightforward. The only difficulty is that the drill press is located in my under-ventilated garage, so I’m planning to set up a shop-vac to suck up the MDF dust as the holes are drilled. The garage is going to be hot, but I’ll shut off the drill press and shop-vac periodically to prevent overheating.
Here are my questions:
1) My saw blade is the factory model that came with the Ridgid r4510 table saw. Will it hold up while making almost 200 linear feet of cuts through the MDF? Should I buy a special blade for cutting MDF?
2) Will my drill press have any problems using a standard drill bit (1/4” or smaller) to make 175+ holes in the MDF? Is a standard drill bit okay?
3) Can MDF be “glued to”? What kind of glue can the kids use to stick the terracotta pots onto the MDF? (It’s a project for grade-schoolers, so two-part epoxy and noxious fumes are out.) Any idea if hot glue will work?
Thanks for any feedback.
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