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Should I choose MDF or plywood for my false stair treads?

I'm looking to install false stair treads and risers on my basement stairs. Generally, we're talking about a kit like this: Which is installed with adhesive and finishing nails like this: The ...
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Dado (+glue) or just screws (+glue) for painted MDF bookcase

I am thinking of building some MDF build-in bookcases, dado joints are clearly stronger but creates lots of mess from a router and takes more time. As the book case will be painted, I can hide any ...
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How can I attach a 1/8" strip of steel to MDF so that it stays secure forever for eternity?

I have attached two 3/4" panels of MDF together, so the end result is a 1 1/2"-thick panel. I need to reinforce it so that it does not bow, so I thought of attaching a 1/8"x1 1/2"x6' strip of steel ...
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Plywood, MDF or Chipboard for painted bookshelves?

I am starting to plan some built-in bookshelves that will be painted with mat or eggshell paint. The fronts of the shelves and upright will be moulded maybe with a router or softwood mouldings ...
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How can I repair my bathroom cabinet?

I've got a Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) sink cabinet that is at least 30, if not 50 years old. The bottom has gotten wet a few hundred times from a shower that was near it, and it is flaking apart ...
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Can I make cabinet doors out of mdf?

I have just read “Can I make cabinet doors out of plywood?”, I was thinking of making some doors out of mdf with mdf strips glued to the front so they look like they have a frame. Am I going to get ...
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Making a timber frame cupboard door using an MDF insert to hold its shape

I have been working on a design for some cupboard doors. The requirements are: - Simple to build so that an low-skilled wood-worker (myself) can put it together. - Be strong enough that the door ...
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Should we use plasterboard, MDF or wood when blocking up a window in our pantry?

We have a window in our pantry and we have been advised that we might need planning permission to remove it. Instead it would be easier to put plaster board over it. I was just curious whether ...
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How do I seal bendy mdf when making concrete formwork

I need to make some curved formwork for a concrete job, bendy mdf seems like an easy way to make the curves and my local B&Q stocks it. However I will need to reuse the formwork 6 times, so how ...