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03-06-2021 05:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor question mdf keepsake box

Hi all,

I received some really nice burl veneer that has already been glued onto 1/2” MDF. I plan to make a keepsake box where one assembles the box and then cuts the top off of it. When the box is opened, however, the MDF will show along the cut face. Should I just finish the MDF like the rest of the box (e.g. oil) or try to hide it somehow? I’m afraid if I cover it with a strip of veneer, then there will be a visible line across the front of the box and ruin the continuous grain pattern.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
Ron


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#1 posted 03-06-2021 06:59 PM

Hide it. MDF is never pretty.

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#2 posted 03-06-2021 08:22 PM

Line it with felt.

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#3 posted 03-07-2021 01:53 AM



Line it with felt.

- woodbutcherbynight


Yep. Or flock it.

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#4 posted 03-07-2021 12:10 PM

Glue on a solid wood rim cut through middle to separate top. Do this to the panels before assembly.

Or, glue on a strip of veneer.

That said, I made a prototype once, sanded the mdf real good and painted black. Didn’t look as bad as Imthou.get it would …..but don’t do that!

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#5 posted 03-07-2021 12:32 PM

Oops, Robert beat me to posting solution.

Instead of solid mdf panel, make panel(s) with 1/2×1/2 strip of walnut on the cut line.
Cut and veneer outside like normal.
Once ~1/8” is removed, separating the halves, a 3/16 wide walnut strip is visible on each half of cut, and not MDF.

Inside can be contrasting wood panels, veneer, felt, or flock coated to hide the natural edge/MDF.

Have used up to 1/2” natural wood edges on couple of veneered Classic Core (MDF faced plywood core) table tops, instead of veneer edges. Needed to support milling an edge radius. Have never used this technique on a box, but expect it work same?

YMMV

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#6 posted 03-07-2021 04:44 PM



Glue on a solid wood rim cut through middle to separate top. Do this to the panels before assembly.
- Robert

Instead of solid mdf panel, make panel(s) with 1/2×1/2 strip of walnut on the cut line.
Cut and veneer outside like normal.
- CaptainKlutz

Many thanks for the helpful suggestions. Since I have a highly figured burl veneer, I was trying to hide the cut line as much as possible (red line in sketch) to maintain the continuity of the burl across the cut line. It thought about using a v-groove routing bit to inlay a piece of wood on the cut face and then sand down any piece that sits proud of the surface, but that would require an extreme level of precision. I think I may just go with a thin piece of veneer on the cut face and simply treat that line as a design detail.

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