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Old 01-11-2019, 12:11 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by somewhereinusa View Post
Just my opinion. MDF and OSB have no value for building anything.

A form of osb both advatech and dri max have a replacement warranty of 365 and 500 day rain exposure far superior to that of marine plywood or p/t plywood.MDF has no use in a bus and the people who make it will tell you that. I have however built furniture for people of MDF not to be confused with particle board with good long lasting results. I installed some white Thermofoil covered cabinets when I built our house the cabinet company replaced the doors 2 times in 3 years due to the Thermofoil separating from the door, got tired of replacing the doors built 34 new shaker style doors from MDF painted them with auto enamel, that was 4 years ago and they still look great. OSB is great for things like home sheathing, wind bracing and the like. Like everything else using a material for an unintended use usually results in poor results. Gene
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:47 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone! No MDF then, free stuff isn't worth the trouble down the line.
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:00 PM   #13
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I'll probably have more than one item made partially of mdf somewhere in my bus. I prefer it for veneering, some counter tops, some furniture parts. It has a wonderfully flat surface - flatter than any other substrate (when it's dry). It's must stay dry or its doomed. Joinery is doable if you understand what mdf is capable of. The weight is ridiculous, which can be a plus if you want the piece to stay fixed to the floor. On a bus, in big chunks, mdf wouldn't be something you'd want a lot of.

Most of the time, it seems that better choices are available. IMO
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:39 PM   #14
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smooth plywood

if you want a smooth plywood surface that is water resistant, holds paint and/or stain very well, I would suggest plywood sign board - in some circles it's referred to as 'MDO' or 'Crezone' - it is water resistant plywood with a resin surface - comes in several thicknesses and can be coated on one or two sides - lasts far longer than normal plywood exposed to the worst elements and paint stays looking good for years longer than it would on normal plywood - when I make something for the house or trailer that needs to be painted, it's what I use
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:14 PM   #15
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Good stuff. I am still using a fairly large sign that was made from MDO must be about 40 years ago now. Lived its' whole life outdoors and still looks great. Been repainted a few times with different biz names but is on my studio now.
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