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jimmyhopps

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567 days ago

I have reviewed about 10 pages of search results but didn’t quite find the right answer so I’m posting this hear. Hope you don’t mind another MDF related question.

A purist would say to use solid maple for cabinets, but I am considering using off-the-shelf all MDF cabinets doors for my new kitchen , and am wondering if I should re think this. It is a fairly high end kitchen and I’m not particularly price constrained, but the at 1/3 the price for this particular design, i am entertaining it.

Most of the reviews I’ve read here on LJ.com relating to MDF are about the difficulty finishing it properly, and wear/tear on blades. Neither pertain to me here since I will buy the cabinets. I’ve seen a sample and they look very good.

I have also read about screws pulling out on the hinges given the weight of the doors, but since we are planning on using Euro hinges bored in, I am thinking it will be a fine – Is this an ok assumption?

I also know well that MDF if not water friendly, but this particular cabinet company uses 3 coats of sealer prior to the finish paint coat. Should I be worried about water damage here?

I suppose I’m asking if anyone has experiences to share with long term use of a supposedly high quality all MDF cabinet door.

Very many thanks in advance.


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 567 days ago

I cannot answer your question posed in the second to the last line.

I will, however, affirm the logic of your reasons to go with the MDF, and add this one: Nothing’s easier in the realm of remodel than adding new doors and drawer fronts to a kitchen. Worst case, if they fail, your next step is obvious and pretty simple.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Loren

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#2 posted 567 days ago

Danny Proulx was an advocate of MDF in kitchen cabinetry.

I suggest you acquire 1 or 2 or his books.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Lee Barker

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#3 posted 567 days ago

Loren, I had forgotten all about Danny Proulx. Thanks for bringing up his name and memory. I was reading him in the trades long before computers were ubiquitous.

He had such a great common sense approach to things, a world of experience, and an Everyman tone to his communication. You’d want him as a neighbor.

I will spend time this day thinking about him.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Brandon

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#4 posted 567 days ago

I can’t say much on this topic other than the fact that I built a kitchen cabinet door out of MDF to blend in with the existing kitchen. All the cabinets were painted, so the species of wood didn’t matter much. The MDF has held up so far pretty well and you can’t tell the different between it and the other doors.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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MonteCristo

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#5 posted 566 days ago

MDF is a big mush of wood fibres and tons of glue. The glue will off gas for years. Hard to say how toxic it is, but why risk it when beautiful wood is known to be non-toxic ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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jimmyhopps

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#6 posted 564 days ago

should off gas through 4 layers of finish. and it may be $10K less than the same style wood alternative which i’ve only found at one cabinet supplier.

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