I didn't even bother to check the math.. Still, if it's a project for
me, I'd spend the extra money, although I understand the money
difference is now more significant.
It's also worth considering the health risk of MDF. Yes, I know that
can be managed with proper respitory protection, but since my shop is
in the basement, I prefer to minimize the amount of MDF and treated
wood cutting that I do down there.
I priced the MDF doors at size (8 doors 22x42)......Holy Cr.....p!!! It was
only $114. No way I could buy the material to make my own for that little.
The shipping was another $60 though. Thats galling. I might consider
replacing many more doors to get the shipping to a decent ratio since the
shipping is fixed.
That's what a big old honking CNC machine can do to a
sheet of MDF. I saw one at the IWF make 12 doors in
I mean really pretty doors with a LOT of detail.
I was told that the machine was NOT running
at max speed for safety reasons in the exhibit hall.
Be prepared to offload the goods out at the street or pay an exorbitant
"lift" charge and that will most likely still be curbside. I forget the
trucking outfit but the lift charge when I used Lakeside was $0.50 or
$0.57/lb. MDF is damned heavy (96 lbs. per 4 X 8 X 3/4 sheet.
Be aware that not all mdf is created equally, and certainly a top quality,
and sharp, router bit would be required.
I would look for a "mill" near you that supplies trim to the building
industry and see if they can either supply you with top quality mdf, or tell
you where they get theirs.
If you were in the Houston area, I would recommend The Detering Co, on
Washington avenue. Strictly as a go by, here is their website as an
illustration of what kind of company you would be looking for in your area:
Yup, got a couple on speed dial. I hardly ever bother making doors any
I e-mail the style number and size..to the verifiable millimetre, and
wait 10 days.
I can even get them pre-finished to my exact requirement.
Most importantly, at a price which I can't even begin to touch.
I walk in with one of Caron's incredible brochures, and out come the
These guys have taken the 'going green' to a new level. Fabulous
For a lower cost MDF-style product:
http://www.cabinetmart.com/cat-doors.html right in my back yard.
Both of these guys will ship to USA and beyond. (Shameless plugs)
I use sheets of 1/2" for all my accurate templating. Undermount sink
cut-outs need to be pretty close if you plan to mate it with a
$1000.00 (+) Franke sink. They are re-usable
The cheaper under-mount sinks vary so much in size that making a
template for each installation is in many cases a must.
When undermounting in laminate tops, tolerances get real goofy. MDF
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