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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7725 on: June 10, 2013, 03:59:15 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?

Absolutely. Just come prepared with your measurements ready (such as written down). IME the first cut is free and each additional cut is a nominal fee (no more then a $1). You can take all your scrap with you, or you can chuck in the scrap bin.

The scrap bin is a great place to check when you are building a shelf or something and aren't too picky on the size - any approximate will do. The scraps are already cut and significantly cheaper then a whole board.

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« Reply #7726 on: June 10, 2013, 04:35:41 PM »
I've bought the folding table legs before and attached them to a 1/4 or 1/2 sheet of plywood, good side up, of course.  You can buy 1/4 or 1/2 sheets already cut for less than the cost of a whole sheet.  But if you want more than one table, it would be cheaper to buy the whole sheet and have it cut, of cours.

I just painted the plywood before I attached the legs.  Using the folding legs has the added benefit of being able to get the table out of the way, if needed, or using ir for something else temporarily.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7727 on: June 10, 2013, 09:12:01 PM »
When I was in HS Dad made me a study table. He bought a flat door (no panels) and 4 legs. He embeded threaded bolts in the top of the legs and there were fittings on the back of the door to screw the legs in.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7728 on: June 10, 2013, 10:16:32 PM »
Can I freeze this type of cookies? Or keep them in a container for a week? I need them the next Sunday but it would save me a lot of time if I could bake them tomorrow.
Are they supposed to be soft, chewy, or crisp?  Soft/chewy cookies are best in the freezer.  Crisp cookies tend to dry out.

They're pretty crisp. I think that I'll just make them next week, it seems easiest. They're very delicious, or at least were the one time I've tried them.

What might work would be to make the dough, portion it out, then freeze the dough blobs.   Defrost and bake them later.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7729 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7730 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7731 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7732 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7733 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7734 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7735 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7736 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7737 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7738 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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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7739 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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