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Chippin-in 07-25-2011 08:24 PM

is this worth the effort?
Ive never worked with mdf/melamine. My daughter found a shelf in the trash pile after a garage sale. Its melamine with the smooth coating on it. It has a couple cracks on the edges.

She got it for her boyfriend to put in his man cave..er teen cave maybe. They want me to add a an upright board to make it even on both sides and a back to it. Then they want to paint it black. It is a bit loose and shaky which can be remedied with adding the back. Im just not sure that it will last. It would prolly cost about $32/$33.

My thinking is that it will continue to break and bow, but he doesnt have alot of money to spend. One the other hand, I think I can make one with cheap 3/4" chinese birch and 1/4" chinese birch on the back, for about $45.

What say Ye?


I kinda already know what yall might say, but I can show her that there are people alot smarter than me that think we should....

Woodcrafter 07-25-2011 08:58 PM

Either one will work.......but, consider it an "investment", cause daughters are special.......and she'll ALWAYS remember it. If you make a new unit, it will be all YOU. If you re-hab the one she went to the trouble to recover for her boyfriend, it'll be a little of BOTH of you.

H. A. S. 07-25-2011 10:51 PM

I'd say beef it up, and paint it black. You'll make her happy, and a happy daughter is a precious thing.:yes:

johnnie52 07-26-2011 01:37 AM

I agree with the idea of keeping the daughter happy. Do what she has asked and she'll always remember your effort. :thumbsup: She may not remember the boyfriend, but she'll always remember that her Dad did something she asked him to do.

cabinetman 07-26-2011 06:59 AM

Chippin-in 07-26-2011 11:10 AM

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Heres some pics of the shelf. Some cracks are more visible than others...The sun went behind the clouds and I lost my light. I will also try to download a video.


Chippin-in 07-26-2011 11:13 AM

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Some more pics. The right side (in the 1st post..full pic) is where they want the other upright piece to be added so it is symetrical.

mdntrdr 07-26-2011 11:49 AM

There is always satisfaction in bringing pieces back from the dead.

I say go for it! :smile:

Pirate 07-26-2011 12:35 PM

Ask her it it would be ok, slightly smaller. Then take it apart, trim all the cracked areas off, and reassemble it.

Victory 1 07-26-2011 03:46 PM


Originally Posted by Pirate (Post 232034)
Ask her it it would be ok, slightly smaller. Then take it apart, trim all the cracked areas off, and reassemble it.

This is when a Kreg pocket screw jig comes in, or you could just face screw it. This is a perfect project to practice pocket screws.

I believe in reusing anything possible and worthwhile.

My found a beach mat yesterday near a rubbish bin, she brought it home for me to use when I work on our trucks.

I have a boat trailer we bought that I will start rebuilding in a couple of weeks.

Chippin-in 07-26-2011 04:09 PM

Thanks for all the input.

I talked to her and her boyfriend last nite. They are OK with me making one out of PW. Im gonna keep the leftover PW and deduct it off his cost. I asked her if she wanted me to fix that instead and she said it didnt matter to her, she was just trying to save him money. She and my wife are serious "couponers".

So I will make him a new one and repair the old one for my wife and all should live happily ever after.

Thanks again

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