There's much more than grain in a piece of wood. There's
also depth and range of color, such as in air-dried black
walnut burl. Otherwise, you're just using a laser to make
hi-tech wood grained Contact paper.
On Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:01:26 -0700, "patrick mitchel"
this stuff is aimed at the construction industry, not woodworkers! a
LOT of stuff in new homes is painted MDF including trim, mantles and
other decorative items that are paint grade. the woodgrain will add
depth to an otherwise plain surface. Personaly I hate the stuff but it
is a cheaper alternative for contractors and we all know what kind of
cheap bastards they are! :-]> Its cheaper therefore creating a bigger
I think that was the gist of it. I didn't see anyone saying that they
thought they should make a Maloof rocking chair from that stuff.
I personally like the "woodgrain" effect of an mdf interior door over
a plain smooth panel myself. Since all the doors are sprayed with
enamel these days, you can still see the texture through the finish.
You know it isn't wood, hell everyone knows it isn't wood, but it does
look better than smooth.
Personaly I hate the stuff but it
I have absolutely no problem using what ever kind of material floats a
client's boat. You actually have it backwards.
The more expensive the material is, the more money we make while
keeping the same percentage of markup. I would love to have batches
of >>clients<< that weren't so cheap as to complain about the cost of
using real non finger jointed, premium woods throughout their homes.
Those were the days....
On Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:01:43 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
Another truth is that if it's painted, and not something that'll get
wet, the various composites out there can look nicer, for a lot
I've seen MDF and wood "paint grade" non-load bearing, non-moving,
trim after it's been installed for quite a while, and the MDF has no
gaps, no warps or cupping, no splits... It looks like the day it was
put in. I've done MDF wainscotting that looks FAR better than the
paint grade pine version after ten years.
The only downside is that MDF is easier to dent, but it takes filler
well at the next painting.
Now, lets talk about veneer substrates...
Well there is that, and it is H E A V Y. Other than what you mentioned and
the weight, it's kinda fun to work with.
I have a customer that has moved 3 times in the last 12 years. I helped
him reface the kitchen on 2 of the homes and eaxh time he wanted plain flat
doors. I built the doors out of MDF and he spray painted. The next to last
home was built new and had cherry prefab cabinets installed. On his last
khome he went back to the MDF doors. He has the money but wanted "that"
Perhaps I can go with assembled panel MDF doors on a job. The Domino makes
great joints using MDF and my Rotex sander acutally does a great job sanding
MDF if there is a less than perfect joint.
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