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Forum topic by Lee A. Jesberger posted 04-14-2008 01:49 PM 6732 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee A. Jesberger

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04-14-2008 01:49 PM

Hi all;

I mentioned in a response that all the lumberjocks send a request to home depot to start carrying the alternative to M.D.F.

If you all think this is a good idea let me know.

Maybe we can test out our influence regarding our buying power.

I could prepare a request form to copy and paste, as well as track down who to send it to.


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#1 posted 04-14-2008 01:53 PM

This sounds like a great idea, Lee.

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 02:06 PM

Hi Dick;

I’m curious to test this idea out. If we can get enough LJ’s to participate, I bet we can a lot of other materials and equipment we want also!

Should prove interesting!


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#3 posted 04-14-2008 02:08 PM

Sounds promising to me. But don’t forget about Lowe’s as well.

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 02:10 PM

Hi Scott;

I was thinking about them also, I just assumed H.D. was a larger operation. Let’s get them both!


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#5 posted 04-14-2008 03:04 PM

that would make life alot easier.thanks lee.

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 03:09 PM

Hi Lee,

You can count on me, but not to sound ignorant, what is the alternative you have in mind?

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#7 posted 04-14-2008 03:19 PM

I’d like Home Depot and Lowe’s to actually carry more MDF. The only thing I can usually find is the 3/4” MDF if they even have that. I’m also curious as to what alternatives to MDF is there?

And if it involves Bamboo, I’m out. Bamboo is almost as good as using corn stalks for wood in my opinion. the chemicals used in product of bamboo floors is more toxic in some cases than carpet PVCs that leak out. Fortunately some new companies are using a better alternative glues.

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#8 posted 04-14-2008 04:39 PM

I’m in.


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#9 posted 04-14-2008 05:51 PM

I”m with lance… What is the alternative?

I’m in, whatever the case, though. MDF is what is making some homes unlivable… I refuse to use it in my shop.


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#10 posted 04-14-2008 05:55 PM

Hi Lee

Sounds like a great idea. I just started working at Lowe’s. Perhapes a man on the inside would help there. What is your recommendation as to where a guy could get samples and info on the product. Do you have any contacts with the company?

God Blestom

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#11 posted 04-14-2008 05:56 PM

HD is bigger, but Lowe’s has a somewhat different coverage area and clientele. Both would be good places to get the new MDF from. While higher cost is a negative, the benefits might outweigh that. And, if there is a big demand for it, price may eventually go down with higher volume production and increased competition.

Let’s see what we can do.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 04-14-2008 07:24 PM

What are the Alternatives?
(to make an informed decision, one must know this).

What do you have against MDF? There is a Lighter Weight MDF that makes it easier to carry.

MDF is very stable and perfect for making veneered pieces.

That said, I still don’t like MDF… I don’t use it very much at all… BUT…

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#13 posted 04-14-2008 07:43 PM

I’d also like to hear more about the problems with MDF, and its alternatives. I’m aware of difficulties with some building materials (some types of carpeting, for one) off-gassing chemicals like formaldehyde, given the glues & other compounds apt to be present in MDF, it’s not surprising the material would have potential issues.

I also wasn’t aware of bamboo being problematic. Can anyone elaborate on this, also?


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#14 posted 04-14-2008 08:09 PM

I think this is the alternative mentioned.

Material Choices FX_Platform

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#15 posted 04-15-2008 04:34 AM

The only MDF I can find here in my part of Maine is 3/4”. No Baltic Birch – I called one lumber company and they had no idea what I was talking about, no furniture grade plywood. Basically I can get fir plywood, 3/4” MDF, birch plywood (more voids than solid areas), oak plywood once in a while (afraid it will be as the birch), acuara (sp?) plywood, luan, pine, oak, maple & poplar dimensional lumber. I won a bid on ebay for two 24” lengths of 6” x 1/2” walnut and am very happy with it – real nice grain – especially for $ .99 plus $10.99 shipping.

Nearest hardwood dealer – also large selection of BB – is 150+ miles round trip and they don’t deliver on orders less than 100 bf. So, I build a lot of things out of pine!!!

The MDF alternative you mention might get to somewhere up here in the North Woods by the year 2020 and I’ll probably be long gone before then!


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