Seal MDF edge before gluing hardboard to it?

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Forum topic by Rayne posted 07-20-2014 12:56 AM 1581 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2014 12:56 AM

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I’ve searched the boards and can’t find anything exactly relevant to my inquiry so if there is one, please post a link. Otherwise, I would like everyone’s opinion on this.

I’m currently building a workbench with 2 layers of MDF and a solid spruce pine top (yeah, I know it’s soft but It looks nice and I don’t care about the dings and such it’ll endure). I am going to add some hardwood edging, but I was curious if I should seal the MDF edges first before I glue and nail in the hardwood? Or will the glue act as a sealant?
Also, After putting on the hardwood edging, I plan on using Watco Danish Oil to finish the entire bench. From researching the other forum posts, it seems to be rather popular to seal, protect, and not lose too much of the friction.

I’d appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 03:03 AM

Don’t paint anything that will be glued. The paint will keep the glue from bonding.

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 04:14 AM

Nah, no paint; just curious about using the danish oil on the edge to “seal” it and then glue. But if nothing should be applied, then I’ll just glue it.

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 06:44 AM

No need to seal; the edging is effectively the seal.

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