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    MDF Drawer Bottoms

    Hey, can anyone think of a reason NOT to use MDF as drawer bottoms in SHOP furniture? I can get 1/2"x 5'x8' sheets for $15. Other than that nasty dust I can't think of any.

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    Cabinet shops do it all the time
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    My initial thought is that the drawer bottom would sag. But that would depend on the size of the drawer, the weight you plan to store in it, & how you construct the drawer.

    Given the price, it might be worth using and installing an extra brace up the middle of the drawer to prevent sagging.

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    If you aren't putting anything very heavy in them, or the drawer is narrow, why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Hatfield View Post
    If you aren't putting anything very heavy in them, or the drawer is narrow, why not.
    Yep! That's my take on it, too.
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    Negatives are weight and expected life. In small drawers I might do it if there were a compelling reason. If these are real-quick, slam-bang units that will be replaced down the line, why not? I have made carcasses out of 3/4" MDF for non-hung shop cabinets and they've served me for years of heavy use. They do have plywood bottoms. Ply is not that expensive if you are making something that you want to last. Just average the cost over the next 15 to 20 years that you will use them. That 1/2" MDF will come in handy later for templates. Just my .02.
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    I've used hardboard and pegboard before... The pegboard lets the dust fall through...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    I've used hardboard and pegboard before... The pegboard lets the dust fall through...
    LoL, that reminds me of a story.

    I did a kitchen for close friend of mine. He requested that one of the bottom base cabinet drawers be a potato bin and wanted hole in the bottom to allow for air movement. I accommodated him.

    It didn't work to well. come to find out he had in floor head and was slowly cooking his potatoes in the drawer.

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    In floor head is so overrated.....

    1/2" MDF will work fine for drawer bottoms.
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    Well here is the plan. Will use MDF for drawers no wider than 24" One sheet should get most of that size done. Box its self will be made from 3/4 ply that is left from making the carcasses. When that is done I will use the small pieces that I picked up earlier in the year.

    Just need to get some restrictions lifted on the shoulder, so I can go. Chomping at the bit, ready.

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