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Hi all, I am in the process of installing cabinets in my shop and will be using MDF for the countertops. My question is when I glue the two pieces together, should I glue and clamp the pieces together, or glue and screw them together? I haven't decided whether I will use laminate or hardboard for the top, so if I screw it together, they wont be seen.
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screws from the underside.
use brads (if you have them) for an initial placement.
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Ok, thanks. I have seen this done dozens of times on tv, but I am beginning to get a severe case of CRS and couldn't remember whether they screwed the MDF together or not.
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The screws act like clamps holding the 2 sheets of MDF together until the glue dries. Then since the screws are there, leave them there.

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Just be sure not to put any screws, anywhere you will be trimming or routing.
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Glue and screws.

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Hi all, I am in the process of installing cabinets in my shop and will be using MDF for the countertops. My question is when I glue the two pieces together, should I glue and clamp the pieces together, or glue and screw them together? I haven't decided whether I will use laminate or hardboard for the top, so if I screw it together, they wont be seen.
I always use 1 1/4" brads to hold the pieces together during glue up. This has always worked for me and they leave little marks that are not noticeble.
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Thanks guys. I'm planning on glueing them up the next reasonably warm weekend. (my shop has no heat yet) Another question I have is what would be the fastest and easiest way to spread glue? I'm guessing with a foam or very low nap roller, but since I have been away from woodworking for 5-6 years (not to mention getting older and getting crs), I have forgotten a lot of what I have learned.
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I use a glue bottle with a roller, works great and is faster than brushing.

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I would screw the two pieces together and use glue. A tip for screwing them together. I would only screw from the bottom. With the two pieces together, pilot hole/countersink the grid pattern for the screws. Then, turn the bottom one over. On both pieces, use a slight countersink on all the holes (both pieces) to open them up.

This will prevent any debris from crumbling off when the final screws are driven in. Any debris breaking off or getting dislodged when gluing and screwing will keep the two panels from pulling up tight.

You can pick up 9" roller pad covers for adhesives at the home centers. They work very well.






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