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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7755 on: June 11, 2013, 11:54:39 AM »
I'm thinking of making a craft table for myself by putting a piece of MDF (or wood) on top of some short shelving units.  Can I go to the Home Depot and ask for a piece of MDF (or wood) to be cut to a certain size?

And would wood be easier to work with than MDF?


My stupid question -- what is MDF?

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« Reply #7756 on: June 11, 2013, 11:56:55 AM »
I'm thinking of making a craft table for myself by putting a piece of MDF (or wood) on top of some short shelving units.  Can I go to the Home Depot and ask for a piece of MDF (or wood) to be cut to a certain size?

And would wood be easier to work with than MDF?


My stupid question -- what is MDF?

MDF is a manufactured wood - made from wood byproducts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard

I would say it'd be much easier to work with - it's heavy, but dense, strong, and more easily paintable and stainable than inexpensive plywood would be. Also, fewer splinters and less surface texture.

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« Reply #7757 on: June 11, 2013, 12:03:49 PM »
I'm thinking of making a craft table for myself by putting a piece of MDF (or wood) on top of some short shelving units.  Can I go to the Home Depot and ask for a piece of MDF (or wood) to be cut to a certain size?

And would wood be easier to work with than MDF?


My stupid question -- what is MDF?

MDF is a manufactured wood - made from wood byproducts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard

I would say it'd be much easier to work with - it's heavy, but dense, strong, and more easily paintable and stainable than inexpensive plywood would be. Also, fewer splinters and less surface texture.

OH! Like particle board . . . but MDF seems to be a higher quality.

Am I correct in assuming (quality-wise):

Top -- MDF
Med -- Particle Board
Low -- Plywood


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« Reply #7758 on: June 11, 2013, 12:06:15 PM »
We use MDF for any application where it won't get wet. DH saves leftover materials to make cat furniture with!  :)
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« Reply #7759 on: June 11, 2013, 01:45:01 PM »
I'm thinking of making a craft table for myself by putting a piece of MDF (or wood) on top of some short shelving units.  Can I go to the Home Depot and ask for a piece of MDF (or wood) to be cut to a certain size?

And would wood be easier to work with than MDF?


My stupid question -- what is MDF?

MDF is a manufactured wood - made from wood byproducts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard

I would say it'd be much easier to work with - it's heavy, but dense, strong, and more easily paintable and stainable than inexpensive plywood would be. Also, fewer splinters and less surface texture.

OH! Like particle board . . . but MDF seems to be a higher quality.

Am I correct in assuming (quality-wise):

Top -- MDF
Med -- Particle Board
Low -- Plywood

I'd put particle board at the bottom.  It is very heavy with little structural strength.  I had a dining table made out of particle board, and the screws pulled out when I tried to move it across the carpet.

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« Reply #7760 on: June 11, 2013, 01:59:08 PM »
Its so hard to say between MDF and plywood as really there are differing thicknesses and quality to plywood. You can have a very good, several-ply plywood or a cheap thin plywood. I would think particle board is always the lowest though.

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« Reply #7761 on: June 11, 2013, 02:07:15 PM »
Its so hard to say between MDF and plywood as really there are differing thicknesses and quality to plywood. You can have a very good, several-ply plywood or a cheap thin plywood. I would think particle board is always the lowest though.

There is also a difference between construction grade and furniture grade plywood.  Construction grade has rough surfaces; furniture grade has a smooth surface on one side.  Lumber yards sell furniture grade plywood in different kinds of fine hardwood, as well as exterior grade cedar for paneling an outside wall.

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« Reply #7762 on: June 11, 2013, 02:42:54 PM »
I'd put particle board at the bottom.  It is very heavy with little structural strength.  I had a dining table made out of particle board, and the screws pulled out when I tried to move it across the carpet.

We call it "fall apart-icle board".  Hate that stuff.

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« Reply #7763 on: June 11, 2013, 02:54:20 PM »
Do most coin laundry machines accept dollar coins?

I have a bunch of the coins I'd like to take along for doing laundry when we take vacation this summer but I don't want to bother if I can't use them for that purpose.

I've never seen one that had anything other than slots for quarters.

It depends on what country you're in. Where are you traveling to?

Here in the US, I haven't seen "dollar coins" unless they were the silver old fashioned coins where you would be seriously reprimanded for actually trying to purchase something for $1 with one of those valuable coins.

In the US quarters are the norm for laundry and all other vending machines.

Well, I'm back from my trip and am here to report that the laundry machines did take dollar coins. I was finally able to use up some of my stash. 

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« Reply #7764 on: June 11, 2013, 03:03:18 PM »
I'd put particle board at the bottom.  It is very heavy with little structural strength.  I had a dining table made out of particle board, and the screws pulled out when I tried to move it across the carpet.

We call it "fall apart-icle board".  Hate that stuff.

I had a free end table made from it. It was two pieces that slotted together to form a base (think like paper doll stands) and a circular top. That thing sloughed off so much any time it had to be moved. And after dumping about a full can of spray paint into one side of the circular top (maybe two feet diameter?) without making too much of a dent in it, we decided it wasn't worth it and trashed it.

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« Reply #7765 on: June 11, 2013, 03:14:34 PM »
Do most coin laundry machines accept dollar coins?

I have a bunch of the coins I'd like to take along for doing laundry when we take vacation this summer but I don't want to bother if I can't use them for that purpose.

I've never seen one that had anything other than slots for quarters.

It depends on what country you're in. Where are you traveling to?

Here in the US, I haven't seen "dollar coins" unless they were the silver old fashioned coins where you would be seriously reprimanded for actually trying to purchase something for $1 with one of those valuable coins.

In the US quarters are the norm for laundry and all other vending machines.

Well, I'm back from my trip and am here to report that the laundry machines did take dollar coins. I was finally able to use up some of my stash.

Thanks for coming back with an update. ;D

That surely teaches me to not chime in when I really don't know exact facts.

I hope you had a wonderful trip and am really glad you got to use up some of your dollar coin stash!



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« Reply #7766 on: June 11, 2013, 03:32:24 PM »
All the talk of making tables reminds me, how do you get into making things? This seems like a really dumb question, but I am interested and don't even know where to start. It seems like all the fun and easy ideas I find require expensive equipment we don't have yet. I'd like to invest in some basic tools and learn more about just making/fixing stuff in general. I think it sounds really fun to buy furniture used and work on it and make it into something different or prettier. I took a couple years of shop class in middle school and seemed to have a knack for it, but I've forgotten nearly everything. I'm planning on buying the tools used. Suggestions on where to start?


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« Reply #7767 on: June 11, 2013, 03:55:41 PM »
For me the basic tools needed are a good drill with an assortment of bits, including screwdriver heads, and a basic tool box (hammer, level, tape measure, pliers, handheld screwdriver with interchangeable heads, pencil). Then start with some basics - put up some shelves, make a basic box (as shelving or storage), etc. Experiment with paint - spray paint, using stencils, etc.

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« Reply #7768 on: June 11, 2013, 03:56:36 PM »
All the talk of making tables reminds me, how do you get into making things? This seems like a really dumb question, but I am interested and don't even know where to start. It seems like all the fun and easy ideas I find require expensive equipment we don't have yet. I'd like to invest in some basic tools and learn more about just making/fixing stuff in general. I think it sounds really fun to buy furniture used and work on it and make it into something different or prettier. I took a couple years of shop class in middle school and seemed to have a knack for it, but I've forgotten nearly everything. I'm planning on buying the tools used. Suggestions on where to start?

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« Reply #7769 on: June 11, 2013, 04:58:02 PM »
I buy myself (and the house) a new tool a month. Only once or twice a year does that exceed $20. I knew I had a volunteer work day coming up in March, so I bought a 18V Makita cordless drill for $100. I love it, and we use it for many things. Taking the ceiling fan blades off for cleaning, putting together furniture, etc. I have a nice hammer, a level, a tape measure, a set of screwdrivers and wrenches. You can get a decent assortment of fasteners (screws, nails, washers, etc) for $10 or so at a decent home improvement store. Also, get a decent tool bag or box to keep it all in. I keep my tools in the laundry closet.
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