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Forum topic by Flights posted 05-16-2019 03:08 AM 345 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Flights

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05-16-2019 03:08 AM

My wife wants to give our daughter a twin bed with the headboard shaped like hello kitty. Thinking about cutting the shape from an mdf board sealed with zinnser oil base coat and painted white. Any concerns about offgassing formaldehyde or am I good with it primed and painted?

Otherwise, guess I could do a glue up of pine or poplar boards.

Daughter is 2 years old btw.


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#1 posted 05-16-2019 03:42 AM

According to Eartheasy.com there is MDF being made with reduced or no formaldehyde glue used but even some sealers and paints have some formaldehyde in them. For MDF, at best they recommend MDF that is totally sealed (all 6 sides) with plastic laminate. You plan on shaping the top edge so this would be difficult. At low temperatures there is little gassing-off in the MDF, as temperatures increase so does gassing-off. In very warm conditions even sealer and paint will not stop gassing-off.

I wouldn’t take a chance I would go with solid wood. Many sites out there also recommend solid would, and eliminate the hazard.

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Flights

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#2 posted 05-16-2019 03:59 AM

Thanks! Looks like a glue up!

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SMP

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#3 posted 05-16-2019 04:17 AM

I am pretty cautious with VOCs etc but I would be most scared of my Woodworking friends finding out I made something out of mdf! ;)

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#4 posted 05-16-2019 04:30 AM

American Heritage which is a high end Bedroom set manufacturing company uses MDF for there framing and lower drawers in the builds. They use red oak with MDF. I was surprised with the set my wife and I got from them 12 yrs ago, $2400 and half of it was MDF.

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#5 posted 05-16-2019 11:00 AM



American Heritage which is a high end Bedroom set manufacturing company uses MDF for there framing and lower drawers in the builds. They use red oak with MDF. I was surprised with the set my wife and I got from them 12 yrs ago, $2400 and half of it was MDF.

- WoodenDreams

Interesting. Never heard of them. They out of business?

The largest bedroom manufacturer in the USA uses a lot of MDF. They are probably one of the biggest kids bedroom manufacturer too.

Personally I would use something else just cause I don’t like mdf. Plywood?

I would not use oil based paint either. Water based paint would be a good choice in this application.

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#6 posted 05-16-2019 01:25 PM

When I built this
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/390041

I used MDF for the panels, primed and painted. I used oil-based primer because I was concerned about waterbased “raising” or “swelling” the MDF. Never tested with waterbase but just wanted to avoid the potential issue.
Took me long enough to build as it was, if I’d had to glue up panels would have taken much longer… gotta make compromises sometimes. It’s convenient, easy to shape, paints well… and cheap…

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#7 posted 05-16-2019 03:14 PM



I am pretty cautious with VOCs etc but I would be most scared of my Woodworking friends finding out I made something out of mdf! ;)

- SMP

They are just showing their ignorance and lack of experience. There are many good uses for MDF. Chances are they heard something bad about MDF from some one ignorant and is passing it on without ever even using it themselves.

Oh yes I know there are many who disagree with that and that’s OK.

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#8 posted 05-17-2019 12:25 PM

If you can find a plywood distributor near you that will do a contractor sale, I’d suggest you try to find 3/4” ultralight MDF. Recently used it for my kitchen cabinet renovation and cutting shaping dust etc, was far better than any of the dark brown stuff I’ve gotten from the box stores. If you’re near DC and can haul a 4’x8’ sheet I’ve got one left over that you can have for $40

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