is this worth the effort? - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 07-25-2011, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hou, TX
Posts: 608
View Chippin-in's Photo Album My Photos
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?

Thanks
Robert

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....

God made us from dust, but all we can do is make dust.
Chippin-in is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 07-25-2011, 09:58 PM
Junior Member
 
Woodcrafter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Northeast Texas
Posts: 17
View Woodcrafter's Photo Album My Photos
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.

"Good judgment comes from Experience.....Unfortunately, most Experience is a result of bad judgment". Will Rogers

Avatar : DeWalt Nail-Gun
Woodcrafter is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 07-25-2011, 11:51 PM
OLD DUDE AT WORK
 
H. A. S.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: IN
Posts: 1,460
View H. A. S.'s Photo Album My Photos
I'd say beef it up, and paint it black. You'll make her happy, and a happy daughter is a precious thing.

Harrison, at your service!
H. A. S. is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 02:37 AM
Senior Member
 
johnnie52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tampa, FL - USA
Posts: 3,391
View johnnie52's Photo Album My Photos
I agree with the idea of keeping the daughter happy. Do what she has asked and she'll always remember your effort. She may not remember the boyfriend, but she'll always remember that her Dad did something she asked him to do.

If Woodworking is so much fun why isn't it called WoodFUNNING?

I've made a few videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/johnnie52
johnnie52 is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 07:59 AM
Old School
 
cabinetman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: So. Florida
Posts: 24,062
View cabinetman's Photo Album My Photos
Any pictures? That would help in making suggestions.








.
cabinetman is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hou, TX
Posts: 608
View Chippin-in's Photo Album My Photos
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.

Thanks
Robert
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf.jpg
Views:	77
Size:	56.6 KB
ID:	26929  

Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf2.jpg
Views:	72
Size:	65.6 KB
ID:	26930  

Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf3.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	36.0 KB
ID:	26931  

Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf4.jpg
Views:	69
Size:	55.6 KB
ID:	26932  

Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf5.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	60.9 KB
ID:	26933  


God made us from dust, but all we can do is make dust.
Chippin-in is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hou, TX
Posts: 608
View Chippin-in's Photo Album My Photos
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.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf6.jpg
Views:	67
Size:	30.7 KB
ID:	26934  

Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf7.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	49.4 KB
ID:	26935  

Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf8.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	47.1 KB
ID:	26936  

Click image for larger version

Name:	shelf9.jpg
Views:	70
Size:	88.6 KB
ID:	26937  


God made us from dust, but all we can do is make dust.
Chippin-in is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 12:49 PM
Scotty D
 
mdntrdr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: IL.
Posts: 4,479
View mdntrdr's Photo Album My Photos
There is always satisfaction in bringing pieces back from the dead.

I say go for it!

Scott
OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

"Like" us on facebook
www.ScottyDsWoodworks.com
Watch Our YouTube Video
mdntrdr is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 01:35 PM
Senior Member
 
Pirate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 1,870
View Pirate's Photo Album My Photos
Ask her it it would be ok, slightly smaller. Then take it apart, trim all the cracked areas off, and reassemble it.
Pirate is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 04:46 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 70
View Victory 1's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pirate View Post
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.
Victory 1 is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 07-26-2011, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hou, TX
Posts: 608
View Chippin-in's Photo Album My Photos
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
Robert

God made us from dust, but all we can do is make dust.
Chippin-in is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Worth a Look rrich Off Topic 6 05-06-2010 11:21 AM
Worth the effort? jpsmith1cm General Woodworking Discussion 7 03-07-2010 09:41 PM
Do you think this is worth trying it out? John in Tennessee Power Tools & Machinery 3 10-06-2009 01:45 PM
Is this worth it? woodworks Power Tools & Machinery 11 09-03-2009 09:04 PM
Here's my 2 worth . . . TexasTimbers Off Topic 8 08-19-2009 09:57 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome