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Offline ATXStorm

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Shaker Cabinet Doors Panel- MDF or Plywood
« on: April 05, 2016, 06:34 AM »
Looking for advice on building kitchen shaker style cabinet door.  Do you prefer the panel to be MDF or plywood?  I plan to paint with SW W&W, then SW Pro Classic and then SW Kem Aqua.  Shaker frames will made out of 3/4 maple wood T&G with the panel being 1/4.  Your experience and thoughts are much appreciated.

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Shaker Cabinet Doors Panel- MDF or Plywood
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2016, 07:49 AM »
Use MDF, less prep work to get to the paint stage.

Space Balls or Panalign are your friend.

Tom

Offline waho6o9

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Re: Shaker Cabinet Doors Panel- MDF or Plywood
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2016, 09:31 AM »
I like MDO for durability, but from your selection I'd take plywood as I prefer not

to work with MDF,

Offline mleny77

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Re: Shaker Cabinet Doors Panel- MDF or Plywood
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2016, 09:40 AM »
Do you need space balls with with MDF or Plywood?  I've always heard that they don't expand like a solid wood panel will.

Offline ATXStorm

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Re: Shaker Cabinet Doors Panel- MDF or Plywood
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2016, 12:33 PM »
My guess is Tom's recommendation for space balls would be so the door does not rattle, does not have to a perfect fit and you don't have to use glue.  I will need to check if I can get MDO locally.

Thank you for the replies.

Storm

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Shaker Cabinet Doors Panel- MDF or Plywood
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2016, 12:43 PM »
I'm not a fan of MDF either, in this situation it's better for finish than plywood.

MDO is very hard to get in 1/4" (at least around here it is).

The Space Balss are to prevent rattling. I'm so use to cutting the panel for SB's they'd be loose if I didn't use them.

Tom

Offline Brian Livingstone

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Re: Shaker Cabinet Doors Panel- MDF or Plywood
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2016, 04:29 PM »

Hi,

I just refaced a kitchen, sixteen new doors, shaker style.  I  used hard maple for the stiles and rails, with a MDF panel.  I used 1/2 inch MDF.  The doors turned out nice, and not too expensive.  I dominoed the rails and stiles together, clamped them together, then with my 1400 cut a 1/4 inch slot on the inside of the doors.  I then used a shaker router bit and took about a 1/4 inch off the panel, so they would slide into the groove.  Worked like a charm.  Here is a photo of the kitchen.  I rolled two coats of SW primer, one coat of SW Pre Cat WB epoxy and sprayed the final coat.  I didn't use space balls.

Brian
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