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04-05-2019 08:47 PM

Hi, I came across this picture of some garage cabinets and the doors appear to be made from tempered hardboard. I quite like the look, and I need to replace my garage cabinets. Aside from applying some hardwood edging does anyone know another way to directly treat the edges of tempered hardboard to prevent damage etc?

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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 04-05-2019 08:54 PM

No I don’t. I regularly use hardboard for the top of my assembly/outfeed table though. It’s easily replaceable. I run a planed 2×4 around it. I think cutting up strips of some hardwood, whatever thinness or thickness you think looks good would be the easiest way to do it. There must be a plywood substrate beneath it right? I mean the stuff is probably 1/4” thick.

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#2 posted 04-05-2019 09:00 PM

Looks good with all that studio lighting but will look like a cave with realistic garage lighting. You could laminate hardboard onto plywood and bevel the edges.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 04-05-2019 09:04 PM

Thanks for your reply. Yes, that’s the way I was leaning too. It’s hard to see exactly what they did in the picture but it doesn’t look like there are any hardwood strips around it which I found surprising.

I’ll definitely put some plywood underneath, the stuff I have access to here is thinner at 1/8”!

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#4 posted 04-05-2019 09:06 PM

@Woodknack, how would you suggest treating the beveled edges and getting a nice clean finish?

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#5 posted 04-05-2019 09:18 PM

That looks like laminated door fronts to me – more so than hardboard. Certainly would be easier to work with and would most likely hold up better. Here is a sample laminate chip that is close to what is in the picture:

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 04-05-2019 09:25 PM

Thanks Brad, I think you might be right. That looks like a match. The hardboard would have been a great option at only $7 for a 4×8’ sheet vs the probably $80-120 for laminate.

Might just have to play around with edging or test sealing the edges with shellac or something to see what type of result I can get.

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#7 posted 04-05-2019 09:36 PM



That looks like laminated door fronts to me – more so than hardboard. Certainly would be easier to work with and would most likely hold up better. Here is a sample laminate chip that is close to what is in the picture:

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


+1 but as woodknack said it’s gonna really darken the shop when youll probably want to brighten it.

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#8 posted 04-05-2019 09:42 PM

I’ll only be doing upper cabinets as I don’t have room for lowers so there’ll still be a lot of light wall surrounding me. The tempered hardboard here is actually lighter than the cabinets pictures and my current cabinets are darker so I’m pretty happy with the color.

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#9 posted 04-06-2019 07:12 AM



@Woodknack, how would you suggest treating the beveled edges and getting a nice clean finish?

- Kristian_S


Sharp router bit and a coat of polyurethane.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 04-06-2019 08:36 AM

I seem to remember an ancient popular mechanics DIY on using hardboard attached to 1z2 frame with simple black painted edges. The inside of door was covered in peg board for hanging tools. Can’t find the article now, sorry. Was back before the internet existed?

If you want cheap and easy cabinet doors, just use 3/4 MDF.
Seal edges with dry wall compound, and sand smooth with 150.
One brushed/rolled/sprayed on coat of white pigmented shellac based primer to seal pores,
gentle sand with 220,
one coat using spray can from any mfg with color of choice. (try 99 cents can stuff from HD)
Done.
Looks exactly like melamine or laminate from 5 feet away. Have to notice the lack of brown edges and touch them to see it’s painted pile of pressed sawdust. Very durable, gloss finish is a stunning look, and cheaper than buying doors made same way from IKEA.
Yeah – Sorry, my materials costs are more than the IKEA sell price on boxes. Add one hunk of MDF to brace the back wall little better, and they hold cabinet full of heavy hardware just fine. Their hinges are inexpensive too.
Remember FAST-CHEAP-GOOD, pick two? IKEA boxes are ok compromise. Boxes up in a day, doors added when you have time.

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Kristian_S

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#11 posted 04-06-2019 12:09 PM

Thanks CaptainKlutz, I’ll give that a try on a test piece, sounds interesting. I’ll be steering clear of IKEA, I do what I can to steer clear of Chinese products (where possible these days).

I don’t mind paying a bit more, it was nice to come across a low priced material that had an unexpected nice look to it as well.

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#12 posted 04-06-2019 01:26 PM

It don’t think it is hardboard, but rather plastic laminate that happens to be the color of hardboard.

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#13 posted 04-15-2019 02:09 PM

For anyone that’s curious, I made a small sample. Tried a 30 deg bevel on one side, 45 deg on the other. Black laminate on the edges. I think it looks pretty decent and is pretty good bang for the buck.

Not too far from the original idea:

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#14 posted 04-15-2019 02:55 PM

That’s a great look Kristian. You have me now wondering about the “whiteboard” coated hardboard from the Box Stores in lieu of the brown stuff. Would make a nice light color look as others have mentioned… plus all your cabinet doors would be whiteboards for labeling contents and sketching up plans. You may have just made me rethink my shop cabinet doors!

-- Tyler - Central TX

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Kristian_S

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#15 posted 04-15-2019 03:02 PM

Thanks Tyler, I noticed the white hardboard as well. There seem to be a couple of different types floating around the big box stores. One had a surface of questionable quality in the lumber section, and there was a slightly better one I think in the baseboard/trim section (not sure if it was the type you write on though). In any case it’s a better alternative IMO to the poor quality white/black melamine board they sell which I originally started to make cabinets from…that coating chipped off in a light breeze…

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