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Forum topic by Danestar posted 01-14-2011 05:58 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2011 05:58 PM

I am in the middle of designing my daughters bed and torn on if MDF will be sufficeint enough to use as the head board, foot boards, and legs. I will use poplar to do the rails. Everything will be painted white to replicate a Pottery Barn bed my wife and daughter are set on.

My question is do I make a hollow leg with MDF or is there a method to this I am missing or haven’t seen yet? I assume it will have alot of abuse from friends and the whole jumping routine (She is 2). Suggestions?

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 01:08 AM

I definitely wouldn’t use MDF on the legs. I would use solid poplar that may need to be glued up, depending on the size of the legs.

-- Uncle Fester

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 02:03 AM

I’m with UncleFester; do not use mdf for the legs. It is not suitable at all for structural members. I too would use poplar. It’s stronger, more stable (mdf swells up like a center fielder on steroids when it gets wet), paints just as well, the cost is similar, it has more strength (think kids jumping on the bed), and the DUST WON’T KILL YOU AS QUICK. Sorry, I don’t like mdf.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 04:13 AM

The Pottery Barn stuff only uses MDF for stuff like shelves or backs of media walls and wood for the rest. I’d stick with the real wood, too. Using one of Ana White’s plans? She’s got a boatload of Pottery Barn knock off stuff on her site, and they’re nice, simple, and free plans! On second tought, maybe that site would exponentially increase your “honey do” list. Can’t wait to see the finished bed!

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 08:45 AM

I actually took specs from and drew it up in sketchup.

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