I want to make three door fronts, 5/8 inch thick. The door sizes are about
26 by 30 inches high. Would MDF be alright? I am not sure about putting
hinge screws into the end board. I have that MDF available, the other
material would be plywood, but I'd have to buy that..
I just put new hinges on "veneered" particleboard doors on our kitchen
cabinets. Ugly! Pain in the ass getting screws to stay - had to drill
and re-drill and glue and fill -- yuk!
I built doors using face frames and poplar plywood. They look better
than the kitchen cabinets - and were cheap and intended to be "rough usage".
Used biscuits and cut a groove to hold the plywood panel. Stained it
after using Minwax conditioner.
Now that I have regained a lot of my skills it would be mortise and
tenon face frames.
MDF? Never again!!!
George Graham wrote:
I have to agree with the others - I don't think that
I would use MDF alone for doors. I have made many
doors with MDF panels and a poplar frame, but
the MDF alone would not hold up IMHO.
If you do use it, the Euro 35mm hinge would
be necessary I think.
MDF is not the same as particle board.
Depending on your shop environment unpainted MDF can pick up mositure.
I live in SoCal & use MDF for all sorts of garage / shop cabinets, tool
racks & shelves. I pre-paint the sheets with an epoxy paint (esp the
edges). I second coat after assembly cutting & assembly
It accepts paint very well & with the epxoy paint the stuff is damn
If you use LONG screws you can get away with going into edge grain.
The 5/8" sheet is pretty thin though. Otherwise use hinges that allow
face grain screws. The door is going to be a little on the heavy side,
use some good sized hinges.
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