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Do you guys prefer MDF over particle board? I would like to use 5/8" thick MDF for kitchen cabinet doors but I cant find it. Only 3/4" in both and MDF is super heavy. Any thoughts?
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Normally use 3/4 for cabinet doors....Contact a cabinet supplier for a light weight or ultra light mdf for cabinet doors

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I don't like MDF for cabinet doors nor particle board. I like solid wood and plywood personally


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I don't like MDF for cabinet doors nor particle board. I like solid wood and plywood personally


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You'll find its the norm in door making on paint grade...either in the panal or the whole door.
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mdf will finish a lot better than particle board, though it does take prepwork to seal the edges
i know our local home depot carries 3/4" and 1/2" mdf, i've never looked for 5/8"
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You'll find its the norm in door making on paint grade...either in the panal or the whole door.

What purpose is that work station built for?


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In the second photo look to the right it makes that mdf raised panel door.
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Look up Ritter R1475 MDF door machine video...

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You'll find its the norm in door making on paint grade...either in the panal or the whole door.
It's become the norm in door making because people are looking for a cheap product. Custom cabinet makers are using MDF and particle board in part because it's the only way they can be competitive in price.

Personally, I'd rather have someone shove a fork into my eye before I use particle board on anything. It's junk, not even good for burning because that glue is often toxic. If a customer wants me to make something out of particle board, I send them packing because they aren't someone I'd want to work for. MDF has limited uses as long as it's used in an area that will never ever see moisture but never a whole door. The only advantage of MDF for me is that dimensionally, its usually an accurate thickness so making things like shaker style doors...the 1/4" thick panels fit snug without rattling around in the dados like an undersized plywood panel would. I wouldn't use it for anything else.
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It's become the norm in door making because people are looking for a cheap product. Custom cabinet makers are using MDF and particle board in part because it's the only way they can be competitive in price.

Personally, I'd rather have someone shove a fork into my eye before I use particle board on anything. It's junk, not even good for burning because that glue is often toxic. If a customer wants me to make something out of particle board, I send them packing because they aren't someone I'd want to work for. MDF has limited uses as long as it's used in an area that will never ever see moisture but never a whole door. The only advantage of MDF for me is that dimensionally, its usually an accurate thickness so making things like shaker style doors...the 1/4" thick panels fit snug without rattling around in the dados like an undersized plywood panel would. I wouldn't use it for anything else.
"You'll send them packing". ...Obviously it's not your living....

Mdf is dimensional. So is particle board...

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You'll find its the norm in door making on paint grade...either in the *panel or the whole door.



I'm fully aware that yes it is the norm among production, MDF is easy to work and cheap though I still don't like it. I professionally made custom doors for years, I've worked with plenty of MDF in my life. So as I stated, when I make them I prefer solid wood and plywood as I believe that gives me a superior product. You don't have to agree with me but understand that this is what I prefer.



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Being real wood under paint doesn't mean diddly under paint to 99% of home owners.
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"You'll send them packing". ...Obviously it's not your living....

Mdf is dimensional. So is particle board...
No, building junk out of sawdust glued together is not how I make a living. Plenty of customers out there who are willing to pay for quality work...I leave the cheapskates to someone else.
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So how long have you been a full time cabinet maker?What year did you start?Show us some pictures please....

Nothing to do with cheapskates. Not everyone lives in an expensive house. Some live on budgets...Not everyone is rich...

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So how long have you been a full time cabinet maker?What year did you start?Show us some pictures please....

Nothing to do with cheapskates. Not everyone lives in an expensive house. Some live on budgets...Not everyone is rich...
With respect to the OP, this has gone way off topic. If you want to continue the argument, move it to PM. I doubt you will change my mind and I doubt I will change yours. This does bring up an interesting point to make tho...building processes, procedures, and material choices will vary by region, target customer, and application.

Many people have posted their views. It's up to the OP to take those into consideration along with whatever gets posted after this one and make his own decision.
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I understand.......

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