anyone else hate mdf?

i know that with central heating we need to work with inert wood very often but i really dont like mdf - toxic and nasty!
what do you use?
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swedishinteriordesign wrote:

I use Medex (the non-formaldehyde) formulation when I need to use MDF. Still nasty though, that dust gets into and all over everything. Sure nice flat and stable though
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Fri, Feb 29, 2008, 9:23pm (EST-3) snipped-for-privacy@swedishinteriordesign.co.uk (swedishinteriordesign) doth toss out: i know that with central heating we need to work with inert wood very often <snip>
I have no idea what that means.
I've never tried MDF, I use plywood.
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On Mar 1, 11:56 am, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

You know, inert. It sits in front of the TV and doesn't do a hell of a lot. Minimal amount of movement.
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Sat, Mar 1, 2008, 1:41pm (EST-3) snipped-for-privacy@worldemail.com (RicodJour) doth sayeth: You know, inert. It sits in front of the TV and doesn't do a hell of a lot. Minimal amount of movement.
I alkready knew "inert". I've heard that's why old ladies invented Viagra; can you verify that?. I don't understand the reference to "inert wood"; thought is was mostly all inert. With the exception of sapient pearwood. I also don't know what he meant by referring to central heating.
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On Mar 1, 11:56 am, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

I expect that he picked the wrong English translation for whatever the Swedish word is for 'dimensionally stable when exposed to changes in humidity.'
Perhaps, 'nosproingingvitdermoisterdiffern'.
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On Fri, 29 Feb 2008 21:23:58 -0800 (PST), swedishinteriordesign

I don't like MDF either. However, when you need a flat, smooth, and stable surface it works well. MDF dulls cutting tools and the dust can make you sick. I'll use ply in place of MDF whenever possible.
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I haven't tried it but I have been told that it works quite well with hand tools, which do not make that fine dust that is the problem.
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On Mar 1, 12:23 am, swedishinteriordesign

Plywood, paint.
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wrote:

In combination? I recently (just today) had an unhappy bout assembling some prefab furniture (lambinated particle board)--not laminated on all sides. It gave me shortness of breath, made me sweat a lot and even vomit. I'm not sure whether the problem for me is the glue or chemicals in the "wood", or both. Admittedly, I'm "chemically sensitive", but I'm on the lookout for materials that I can work with. I've heard of formaldehyde-free alternatives, but they don't seem to be easy for the non-professional to get hold of.
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Bill wrote:

Can't help you with the pre-built stuff, but if you are looking for formaldehyde-free MDF sheets (some sold by the trade name Medex), various building suppliers sell it in whatever quantity you want from 1 sheet to multiple pallets. Do a check on Hood Industries in your area, they carry the stuff where I am at.
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Thank you very much! I'll follow up on that suggestion.
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