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How to remove 18ga nails successfully

"without distorting or bending them" I assume you're not trying to save them to use again ;) One tap on the pointy end should knock them back far enough to get a grab with a pair of pincers. ...
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Plywood or MDF for workbench?

One factor to consider: If there is any risk that the work area becomes damp, I recommend avoiding MDF (unless it is thoroughly sealed) -- it swells and warps like crazy. I have recently suffered this ...
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How to remove 18ga nails successfully

Crescent makes descent nail pulling pliers. To get it to fit tight against the wood I ground the pliers end flat and rounded the edges to roll better. Use a nail-set to punch the nail further into the ...
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How to remove 18ga nails successfully

I hope I'm misinterpreting your "without distorting or bending them" because that seems like not only an impossible endeavor but also a fairly pointless one since 18 gauge nails are not ...
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Durable top coat for MDF worktop / workbench

Honestly, the best option for a bench that expects hard use is a sheet of 1/8" "tempered hardboard" - I don't know if that's one of those places where we are separated by a common ...
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How to remove 18ga nails successfully

Pulling through the back with tile nippers is my go-to strategy, but sometimes doesn’t work with mdf (as opposed to wood). In that case, you can try bending them back and forth on the back side; ...
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Would pine or MDF baseboard better handle humidity fluctuation?

MDF may be marginally more stable, but in my extensive experience it's far too fragile to be used for house trim. I wouldn't install it if it was free. It dents and scratches like nothing. If you're ...
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What do we call this drill bit?

That bit is a countersinking bit.
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How can I hide this imperfection in wood joint?

I would sand the horizontal trim at the top down until it meets the diagonal trim. You'll want to extend the sanding horizontally to make a smooth transition from "full thickness" at the ...
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Plywood or MDF for workbench?

Both! I built a workbench over some cabinets in my shop and the bottom layer was 3/4" plywood and the top layer was 3/4 MDF. Because I wanted this particular workbench to be good looking, I ...
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How can I expand existing holes in MDF by 2/10ths of an inch?

Use a hole saw with the correct size. The technique is easy. Get a scrap of wood like some 3/4" plywood generously wider than the hole. Use the hole saw to cut a hole in that scrap. Fix the ...
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Choosing a material to cover wood and paint with emulsion

Depending on how fussy you are, the best thing to look like drywall is drywall. It may also be the least expensive thing that looks like drywall. I have built a bookcase (attached to the floor and ...
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How can I fill and flatten unneeded hinge mortices for painting?

If your doorframes are MDF any patching is going to be visible to some degree. I would try filling it (with slight overfill) with wood putty and sanding it as smooth as you can using finer grit (220) ...
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Is 1/2 inch hardboard more durable than mdf for a table top?

ANYTHING is better than MDF for your project as it is a terrible material for furniture, especially custom made furniture. Also you can't use a router on MDF - well you can but it will not turn out ...
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Is there a reasonable substitute for nail guns when installing baseboards?

You could get something called a trim screw. They also sell them in white if you wish to match the color and not cover the hole with putty. It sounds like you don't feel comfortable with trim nails ...
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Will 3/4" square steel bar support an 8 foot MDF desktop?

An 8 foot long 3/4" steel rod will sag, rather dramatically, all by itself. The same amount of steel in a different shape (tubing or angle, typically at this scale) would be much stiffer. As ...
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How to remove 18ga nails successfully

The usual answer would be to use smaller nails and just leave them in place, or to find another temporary holding solution. Better question for the Woodworking stack than here, methinks.
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Can an MDF platform support washing machine load at corners?

I'd want to look at the details of the tops of the spring posts, how they attach to the shelf, and whether they can be positioned directly under the machine's feet. But MDF really doesn't like getting ...
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Do solid core doors reduce sound more than hollow-core doors?

From my experience solid core doors will block sound much better than hollow core. Solid core is also a heavier door which can be a plus although sometimes makes it a little more difficult to install. ...
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How can I fill and flatten unneeded hinge mortices for painting?

For the best match, cut a thin piece of the same MDF material to fit, and glue it into place with wood glue. MDF is very easy to work with so this would be relatively easy. If the fit is good enough, ...
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How to build long, chunky bed supports

There is not a convincing reason this has to be any sort of box structure. In fact for a bed support like that a single USA type of 2x8 (actual 1.5"by 7.5" 38mm by 190mm) on edge on each side of the ...
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Choosing a material to cover wood and paint with emulsion

Not quite the idea you were looking for but one idea might be to use another bookcase so that you have two of them back to back. More storage that way. Now onto your immediate question. I would ...
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How to fill the cavity in a recessed door panel

Something to keep in mind with this dumb waiter door is that because of the vertical shaft and what terrible things vertical shafts can do with fire; that is why the metal door is installed there, to ...
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Is MDF a reliable product for interior trimwork?

I would say that MDF is the poor man's luxury product. It cannot handle any moisture but it is smooth, hard, durable and stable (doesn't expand or contract with seasonal change. It takes paint nicely ...
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Is MDF a reliable product for interior trimwork?

Mdf is a fair product for the price. I always advise clients to choose real wood if the budget allows. As to what you have heard; Mdf in a dry interior environment will not warp like wood. It should ...
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Durable top coat for MDF worktop / workbench

You'll get similar life from polyurethane and oil paint. It might be wise to use a satin or matte sheen to reduce the appearance of wear, which is the real issue. You can always recoat if actual wear-...
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Joining MDF shelf to extend length of spare pieces

You'd need to add substantial rigidity and strength via dowels or other means of connection. It's not a material that tolerates bending stress well. The effort to do it properly probably isn't worth ...
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Cost-effective DIY countertop/worktop

Go visit Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or local equivalent. Buy a wood-faced solid core door (you can also buy one somewhere else brand new, but if you can get a used one, far less expense.) Sometimes ...
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How to fix striped screw holes for hinges in an MDF cabinet door?

Rust means damp. Damp is usually fatal to MDF. I doubt any repair will work or last long. With the right tools/templates you could reposition the hinges to avoid the damaged area. You might try ...
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Is it a bad idea to use painted MDF for vanity unit doors in a bathroom? And what would be the best way to seal it?

Kitchen and bath cabinets of Ikea are made of MDF or particleboard, with melamine, polyurethane and acrylic finishes depending on the cost point. You write "I only have MDF and melamine on hand&...
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