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ssj2xxgotenxx
12-11-2003, 09:04 PM
Where do you guys buy your 3/4 MDF at? I look at lowes and home depot they got it.. just wondering if there are any other places around. - thanks

carolinaACCORD
12-11-2003, 09:20 PM
Home Depot

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-11-2003, 10:22 PM
home depot cheapest price wise?

TPABlazer
12-11-2003, 11:58 PM
eh the differance between lowes and home depot is negligable to me.. the gas to drive to lowes vs home depot would negate the 10 cent differance or whatever

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-13-2003, 01:49 AM
so the prices are all pretty much the same?

awalbert88
12-13-2003, 02:23 AM
Yeah, Home Depot and Lowes likely have roughly the same price. I usually go to Home Depot for MDF, simply because I know they have it in stock here.

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-13-2003, 02:58 PM
I was looking at lowes and they sell in a huge amount, im pretty sure im not going to use the entire bulk so is there a way i can purchase the specific amount i need?

LoneRanger
12-14-2003, 11:29 AM
try looking in the yellow pages for "contractor supply" stores or "cabinet making". A lot of these types of stores have large quantities of factory seconds or "B-Grade" MDF that you can purchase for ungodly low prices....Just make sure there's no water damage or edge cracking. If you see any part of the MDF that shows swelling or warping, don't buy it. The same goes for cracked or warped edges. This is a sure sign that the product has been water-logged at some point or another and is now completely useless for your purposes.

Most of the time on B-Stock, you can cut a small piece off (usually a broken corner) and go to town. Lowes and HD charge anywhere from $20-30 for a single 4'x8' sheet, whereas B-Stock can be had for $10-15 for the same sheet. I use so much of the stuff, I actually buy in bulk, so I get the A-Stock for the same price I used to pay for B-Stock :)

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-15-2003, 10:46 PM
ID have to look into that thanks

CELLERBR
12-16-2003, 09:06 PM
Lowes here sells 4X8 sheets for 17 dollars!

abcdefg
12-16-2003, 11:50 PM
I was looking at lowes and they sell in a huge amount, im pretty sure im not going to use the entire bulk so is there a way i can purchase the specific amount i need?


ur prob talkin bout a 4x8 foot sheet, id buy a full sheet its cheaper that way in the long run rather than buying like 2x4 foot sheets i think they sell, and you could get extra in case if a mess up or a future project

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-17-2003, 06:50 PM
yea more is better id say. Just looking for the best bang for the buck and to get a bigger box for my drivers.

Grimolfr
12-18-2003, 10:41 AM
I was looking at lowes and they sell in a huge amount, im pretty sure im not going to use the entire bulk so is there a way i can purchase the specific amount i need?

In my experience, with my local Home Depot and Lowe's:

- Both carry 3/4" MDF in 4' x 8' sheets, and 2' x 4' sheets
- Lowe's also has 2' x 2' sheets and 4' x 4' sheets
- Both will cut a 4' x 8' sheet into smaller pieces for you. HD policy is first cut free and they charge you for any extra cuts. Lowe's will cut a 4' x 8' sheet into 4" x 4" pieces if you want and not charge you anything for it. Your local HD may or may not actually charge for extra cuts. This is a great way to get a large sheet "rough cut" into pieces close to the sizes you actually need. Especially if you don't have the tools at home to make good, clean, straight cuts in large sheets.
- Home Depot also carries 1/2" MDF in full 4' x 8' sheets and 2' x 4' sheets. I've never seen a full sheet of 1/2" MDF at my local Lowe's, although occasionally I've found 1/2" in the smaller sheets.
- I've never compared the prices, so I can't help you there.

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-18-2003, 04:25 PM
ok great, thanks for the responses guys.

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-22-2003, 01:44 AM
Well I started constructing the box today and I basicly just cut out all the nessesary pieces.... Now the thing im worried about is the box flexing and i've been reading about bracing and im not to sure how to do it.... if anyone knows how would they be so kind to post a reply thanks.

TPABlazer
12-22-2003, 09:28 AM
I woudl do either : braces that extend thrue the box, like a 2x12 strip, or trianglebraces onthe sides

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-22-2003, 01:27 PM
But if i add these braces I would have to compinsate for the volume I added right?

ss3079
12-22-2003, 01:55 PM
But if i add these braces I would have to compinsate for the volume I added right?
Yes ...

- Steve

ssj2xxgotenxx
12-23-2003, 12:30 AM
And if i already had the parts cut? cant recalculate the volume now.... but it is a large box so It more in likely will flex..... should I just add a 2" brace in the middle to hold things down?

ss3079
12-23-2003, 12:57 PM
Brace it like mad;
Flex is bad.

I mean, if you have a piece of stock thats 2x2x16 ... I just used 16 as the number for your height, I don't really know what the exact number is ... anyway, 2x2x16 is only .037ft^3 ... you can add 3 of those and you'll only end up subtracting .111ft^3 brace displacement - hopefully your box is a little bigger than spec ;)

- Steve