Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is one of the better-known members of the fiberboard family. If you use it appropriately, bearing in mind its limitations, it has hundreds of practical applications. Hardwood is prohibitively expensive for many projects, but you can use MDF for the parts of the job that won't be seen, such as the interior structure or carcase, and bring the job in on budget.
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When using MDF for kitchen-cabinet construction, follow the advice of the former editor-in-chief of Practical Homeowner magazine, Joseph R. Provey, who warns that MDF needs to be used properly. Use hardwood (or plywood) when constructing your face frames and choose MDF (or plywood) for the rest of the cabinet.
Make a toy box from MDF, so that your children can find their toys easily and put them away tidily. Follow advice given in "The Great Australian DIY Book," which has detailed instructions for a painted toy box on casters. Fit safety hinges on the lid to protect little fingers from harm.
Make a display case
Make a case, like those in the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, to display a coin or jewellery collection, vases, pottery etc. Use MDF's "crisp edge-holding ability," as Fine Woodworking puts it, to your advantage. Add decorative edges to your display case, such as cove, roundover and Roman ogee, using a router.
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