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What is the difference between MDF and MDO?

MDF is Medium Density Fiberboard and it's made by essentially combining resins with sawdust and compressing it into a fairly dense, extremely flat and smooth sheet. In general it can be worked like &...
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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

The other answers are great from a technical standpoint, but they overlook the much simpler solutions which are actually used on mass-produced arcade cabinets. If you look at commercially-produced ...
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What is this plywood joining mechanism and hardware for knock-down furniture?

Cam bolt and cam screw connector. Very popular in european style cabinetry. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Crown-Bolt-15-mm-x-19-mm-Cam-Connector-Zinc-50438/203088336 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-...
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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

It sounds like you want a mitered corner. You will want to find the overall angle of the piece in relation to the vertical one. Just a guess but it looks like it is 15-20 degrees above horizontal ...
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"T" joint with MDF—No power tools

So far I've gathered that MDF and screws don't really get along and that I can use box joints for joining ends. There are two main problems with using screws with MDF: splitting and strength. If you ...
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What is the best way to transport (ply)wood on the roof of a vehicle?

Drive Very Slowly, and Do Not Overload. The Car Talk guys have a story about a friend who sheared off most of the front of his car when he stopped suddenly but the pile of plywood on the roof didn't. ...
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Does MDF board dull tools quickly?

The glue is much harder than the wood, hence the extra wear on blades and tools. Pine is pretty soft compared to hardwoods, but construction lumber is often wet which might explain your experience ...
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Does MDF warp less than pineboards?

MDF is practically purpose-made for this application. It is very dimensionally stable, one of its prime selling points. And while it's not as stiff or strong as ply it is as a rule more stable these ...
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What are the pros and cons of MDF as a workbench top?

What are the pros and cons of MDF as a workbench top? Pros: Relatively cheap. Is already a flat sheet ready to use as a work surface, saving much time and effort. Fairly flat to dead flat right from ...
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Does MDF board dull tools quickly?

There are many who say that MDF dulls cutting tools really fast. Bear in mind that a lot of that is from people milling it with power tools, where the blades are moving very quickly. But I do ...
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Using only MDF or Plywood to make all furniture

Is there a reason why people buy wood made of real expensive timber e.g walnut and not buy something that just has veneer on the face and strips of that expensive wood on the sides but the bulk of the ...
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Does MDF warp less than pineboards?

MDF is much more likely to be flat and is relatively dimensionally stable - however it's not overly strong when running long unsupported distances. If the pelmet is attached at its top along the ...
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How to flatten MDF board

Rather than laminating two pieces of MDF together which is not guaranteed to remove the warp you see I recommend you build a torsion-box style lattice structure out of straight stock and skin it on ...
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"T" joint with MDF—No power tools

Given your situation I recommend you consider dowels and glue. Cutting an accurate dado with a circular saw is very tricky and mistakes there are hard to undo or hide. Generally that sort of thing is ...
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What glaze or surface treatment to repair this bar?

how do I identify what the finish is that was used here, so that I can identify the proper repair? There are some test you can perform to narrow down or identify the finish used on something. ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I would definitely recommend the dowels. The greatest stresses will be in tension trying to pull the boards apart and breaking the connection of the screw or dowel with the boards. Both the dowel and ...
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What are the pros and cons of MDF as a workbench top?

Sounds like it would work fine to me. My first bench was two sheets of 3/4 MDF laminated together and I had no major issues with it. I used it for years and made quite a few projects that I was proud ...
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How to Protect melamine panel dining table from water and wear

As the Comment from @JanSpurny says, melamine IS the protection. If you think about it, if this is sold as tabletop material it should already be suitable for this application. As the PDF you linked ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

MDF is different than normal wood, in that there is no end grain vs face grain. Since MDF is all just basically sawdust combined with a resin, any surface is as strong as the other for gluing. It ...
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Swing Door Distance

The exact amount you need can be calculated using the pythagorean theorem. See the modified diagram below, with a triangle overlayed on it: You already labeled the 16mm dimension. You then need to ...
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Building a Dimensionally Stable Panel Using MDF and Plywood

Are you going to be in an environment with large fluctuations of humidity and temperature, perhaps outside the range of comfortable human habitation? This is just a gut feeling, based on secondary ...
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How to Cut Dados in MDF with Hand Tools

MDF is worked with the same tools, but it will be characteristically flaky, as you say, and it will tend to dull edges faster. It's not clear what hand tools you have exactly, but I am guessing you ...
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Is this a good approach to fixing damaged mdf holes along the edge?

Fixing the MDF: I'm planning on mixing a glue/sawdust/wood-filler/mdf/sawdust mixture up, clamping the board in place, applying the glue, letting the glue dry, removing the clamps and board, and then ...
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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

Welcome to Wood Working Stack exchange. I would get a table saw for this cutting. It will allow you to cut any angle from 0* (90*) to 45*. You need to find the angle(s) in which you have to cut. It is ...
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How do I achieve a "piano black" high gloss finish on wood?

I know this is an old topic but hopefully this helps someone out. Painting MDF can be very frustrating. End "grain" in MDF will soak up paint faster than you can apply it. Sand that with 320 then ...
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What is the best way to transport (ply)wood on the roof of a vehicle?

I transport 4x8 plywood on my roof racks, I usually run a couple of 2x4s under the roof racks the full length of the ply and strap to those at the front and back as well as strapping to the actual ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I use biscuits in this situation, not for strength, but because wood and mdf likes to move when glued, even when clamped. The biscuits align the piece so the edge is clean. Dowels would do the same ...
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How to connect these iron strips to an MDF board?

It sounds as if drilling the holes for the screws as well as making the screws work at all, may be more effort for you than it's worth. You definitely aren't going to make this work by buying a router ...
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Finish for MDF Worktable

Get a piece of Masonite hardboard of the same size and tack it in place (shiny side up). This will give you a smooth surface which, while not permanent, is much more durable than the MDF. It will ...
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What's a good way to join MDF squares to make a frame-shaped wall decoration?

Ok, I think I found a good solution - but it will only work if you have a lot of those squares: Just glue them in two layers - like a brick wall! And then screw vertical and horizontal "...
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