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Cost-effective DIY countertop/worktop

I have made some kitchen-style cabinets for my office and have done it in a cost effective way. I am now wanting to adorn it with a worktop that is reasonably hardwearing. I am wanting it to be a ...
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Plywood or MDF for workbench?

I'm planning to build a workbench/storage cabinet for my garage. Because of limited space (the width is only 420mm and the length 1,700mm), and the fact that it will only occasionally be used as a ...
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Most appropriate design for built in wardrobe - Long or short sections

I am going to tackle a set of built in wardrobes for our slightly-less-than standard width alcove. Annoyingly it is about 149cm wide whereas most wardrobes are 150! Silly new-build designers. The ...
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Replace kitchen base unit under quartz worktop

Can I replace a kitchen base unit without affecting the rest of the kitchen? It’s a 1000mm unit on legs, on the end of a 2600 stretch. There’s an end panel on the left, a built in oven and hob to the ...
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How can I hide this imperfection in wood joint?

I am working on making wood panel for one of my wall ( I made this wood panel using prined mdf ). All the wood joints are not that much noticable except two. I used wood filler in all joints including ...
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What do we call this drill bit?

I was looking at few videos on "how to screw in MDF". I found the one which I needeed. Unfortunately he didn't mention which drill bit he was using. Here is the photo of it. I am looking to ...
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Joining MDF shelf to extend length of spare pieces

I have some spare MDF Bullnose Shelving that are 39" combined. I need to build a 32" shelf in a closet space. I will use MDF cleats to support the shelf. Is it possible to combine these for ...
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Floor to ceiling bookshelf design: anything missing? okay to use MDF?

Novice here. Building a book shelf along the full wall and floor-to-ceiling of my basement. Made up some plans, since I couldn't find any that really matched. Wondering a few things. Am I missing ...
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Is there a reasonable substitute for nail guns when installing baseboards?

What are the alternatives to nail guns? I need to install new MDF based baseboards and trims. Buying a new nail gun with air compressor or a battery powered nail-gun is quite costly. I see there is ...
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How do I fix aluminium edging onto an MDF board?

I bought a 12mm sheet of melamine-faced MDF to use as a (black) whiteboard (chalk pens, works nicely) and some aluminum angle to use as edging (hoping to attach it to the sides and the front). I was ...
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Durable top coat for MDF worktop / workbench

I need to build a desk / worktop / workbench for my retro computer projects. It will be used daily, so I want to have extreme durability to protect against wears, scuffs and scratches as much as ...
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Is 1/2 inch hardboard more durable than mdf for a table top?

I'm totally new to woodworking and as my first project I want to make a small table. I'm planning to paint it so the wood material will not be visible. And I want to bevel the edges using a router. I'...
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Wood bit vs Forstener bit for cam connector holes

I am wanting to fix my MDF cabinet together with cam dowels and connectors (I rent, so for ease of moving I want the option to flatpack. Of course I will glue up when I get somewhere permanent, don't ...
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How to build long, chunky bed supports

I'm trying to build a bed frame similar to the one shown below. I'm struggling to design the long, chunky white support beneath the top bunk. It looks like its about 200cm x 18cm x 8cm. For such a ...
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Rescue water damaged MDF door

One of our vanity doors is in very bad shape after a leak some time ago. Now I'm trying to save it if possible. I've managed to sand away the very bad swells However the bottom feels rather fluffy.  ...
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How can I fill and flatten unneeded hinge mortices for painting?

I have removed a bathroom door and installed a sliding barn door on the other side of the wall. The door frame in the bathroom now has the open sores of where the three hinges came off. The house ...
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Do solid core doors reduce sound more than hollow-core doors?

I need to replace a bedroom door. I would like to find the option that is best at dampening noise. I'm trying to decide between an MDF door like Jeld-Wen Molded Composite MDF Interior Door Slab or a ...
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How to mount 18mm MDF Shelves on plasterboard/drywall hollow wall (no studs)?

I have had some 18mm (0.7") MDF cut to make some shelving in an alcove between my shower room and main hallway. It's 18.5cm (7.2") deep by 196.5cm (77") long I have been considering the best way to ...
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How to put up MDF wall without studs

Good morning everyone! Quick question. I want to build a room within an existing cellar in my basement. This cellar has a very low ceiling, of about 1.95m. I want to put up the walls with some ...
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Should Rabbet Widths be relative to the width of a Frame or are absolute values adequate?

I am in the midst of looking to create a few Picture Frames, all varying in sizes. As such, I have been looking into what would be the best Width for the accompanying Rabbet. From what I can see, ...
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What does a Mitre Saw offer that a Table Saw does not?

I have a range of MDF Panels and strips of Solid Wood that I would like to turn into Picture Frames. As such, each piece of MDF/Wood will need to have a 45-degree angle cut into each end. In order ...
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Can stained MDF be restored?

I embarked on an ambitious project to restore a piece of furniture by stripping it, sanding it back, re-staining, and re-varnishing. The stripping and sanding part has turned into an absolute ...
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Load bearing capacity of Spur Steel-lok shelf standards with MDF shelves

I am building wall-mounted shelves for my electronics lab. These will basically be pieces of MDF supported by Spur Steel-Lok uprights and brackets, similar to what the picture below shows. I can ...
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Removing fibreboard plinth from concrete floor

A previous owner of our property fixed a fibreboard plinth to the concrete floor under our kitchen worktop to raise the height of the dishwasher there; I'd like to remove that plinth to fit a taller ...
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Nail Gun Recommendations - dado rail into brick/mortar [closed]

I've just finished fitting MDF dado rail to one of the rooms in my house, broadly speaking it all went ok with one hitch. I was using these panel pins + a hammer, which were fine for the walls which ...
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Drawer bottom repair - screw or nail?

What is the correct way to repair the bottom of a drawer that has fallen out - screw or nail? Both the bottom sheet of the drawer and the frame seem to be fiberboard. The bottom sheet was originally ...
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Question on relative warp resistance of engineered wood

I aim to place, unsecured, (though blocked from movement on 3 sides) a piece of sheet/engineered wood on top of the side rails of a single bed frame. The siderails are 2 cm wide and will be acting as ...
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Lamination to achieve smooth surface over plywood

If I have a 2x4' piece of regular plywood, is there any laminate material that I can glue on top of it to achieve the smoothness of MDF board or cheap kitchen counter tops? I was thinking something ...
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How to make a wall mirror out of mirror tiles?

I've got nine mirror tiles (30cm square, 4mm thick), and I want to fix them to a 90x90cm board to make a mirror to hang on the wall. What kind of board would be best – MDF, particle board, plywood, ...
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Should I use MDF or plywood behind my wooden burner?

I want to mount a cast iron wooden burner like in the image close to the wall (a double wall with the neighbours, not an outer wall), at about 25-35 cm distance. The exhaust pipe runs vertically. I ...
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Is MDF a reliable product for interior trimwork?

We are debating whether to use MDF or real wood for interior trim around doors and windows. We're told that the MDF is easier to work with ~ no sanding and possibly cheaper. However, we have gotten ...
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Choosing a material to cover wood and paint with emulsion

We're using a floor to ceiling stained pine bookcase to subdivide a room. On the front side it looks great. However, the back of the bookcase is quite ugly. I'd like to cover the back with something ...
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How to fill the cavity in a recessed door panel

I'm restoring the door to my dumb waiter. The door is 1" thick, plywood core, tin exterior (1/32"); the door is original and dates back to 1939. I want to make the door completely flat, then ...
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How does MDF fare as cabinet front insets?

My cabinet maker is using MDF for the inset panel on the shaker style doors. How will this fare in durability and longevity. Should I have him change it to wood insets instead?
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Would pine or MDF baseboard better handle humidity fluctuation?

I am in the market for baseboard in my son's room. I am now trying to decide between pine or MDF. In New York we get humid summers and cold winters. Since one of the walls will need two pieces, I ...
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Building a Workstation (Piano Keyboard) PC DESK with MDF

I am in the process of building a new desk. The table top will be about 175cm. There will be 2 simple shelf cabinet so one on each side. But in between the 2 cabinets, there will be another desk ...
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DIY solid core door?

I need to construct a solid core door for the knee wall attic in our new room. Rather than purchasing a custom door, have people been successful in constructing a door from particleboard or MDF? I ...
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Replacing a cabinet face

I've just moved into a new house and decided to paint the kitchen cabinets. Last night I took all the doors off and for the first time got a good look at the shape they're in. It's not so nice, ...
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Fill groove in MDF door

I'm painting some MDF doors, and noticed that someone appears to have run a stanley knife over one of them, perhaps whilst removing them from their packing. I've sanded the area back as much as I can,...
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MDF (particle board) edge sealing for smooth painted finish

I am working with CNC routers and a lot of MDF, which is great UNLESS you need to paint the edges which are furry in some spots and all open and porus everywhere else. I build plinths that need to be ...
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Can you paint water resistant MDF?

Can you paint water resistant MDF (the green stuff like this)? If so, what type of paint is required?
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Staggered block matrix

Could anyone provide advice on what would be an effective way of building something similar to the staggered block matrices as shown in the two photos below: Regarding materials, solid wood would ...
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Repair squeaky MDF board for a Ottoman Divan Bed

I have an Ottoman Divan Bed that looks like this: .jpg The top part is made of MDF, unfortunately the bit where it opens on the right hand side has sunken in a little bit in the middle right. As a ...
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Installing baseboards

I'm putting in baseboards in my kid's bedroom and have only been able to find the profile I want in MDF. I would prefer wood as I understand it is more durable. I've gotten conflicting information re ...
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Industrial strength velcro peeling off MDF

I bought some industrial strength low profile velcro in order to make wall mounting stations for a fan. The fan (about 8 lbs) slides onto hooks screwed into 24"x7" pieces of 1/2 inch thick MDF. The ...
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Which kind of board is easiest to work with?

I am building a model for a school and need a material to build it out of. I was wondering which of these three boards are easiest to work with? MDF, Chipboard, Pine or Plywood? The following are the ...
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Is it OK to paint MDF only with primer?

I am working on a garage cabinet project and I used MDF as the material. I used a white primer for 2 coats and I like the result already. Can I leave it like this or I have to paint it with a proper ...
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Best way to attach MDF Casing to

So I purchased some of This Here MDF Casing. And am trying to determine that best way to attach it to my raw lumber frame. The basic choices Glue, Nails, or Screws come to mind. I'd like to use ...
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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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