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Old 06-14-2015, 11:52 AM   #1
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MDF or Plywood?


I would like some real-world opinions from folks who have experience building laminate countertops... I've read/heard recommendations to use MDF for the countertop, and I've read/heard recommendations to use plywood. Which would the pros prefer? If plywood, what species/grade?
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Never once heard of anyone using MDF, more likly partical board.
I only use A/C subfloor grade plywood.
Partical board gets wet once and and it turns to oatmeal.
Do you already have all the tools to do this job?
Taken a look at the counter tops sold at Home Depot that have a Roman Ogee edge on the front and on the back splash?
I spent less for them then I could have made them for.
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This thread may help some--

http://www.diychatroom.com/f98/how-b...tertop-166320/
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Never once heard of anyone using MDF, more likly partical board. I only use A/C subfloor grade plywood...Do you already have all the tools to do this job?...
Not advocating for either, but I've read that MDF is a higher grade of material than particle board, made of finer wood fibers mixed with resins and glue and compressed under high pressure. Supposedly it is much more resistant to moisture. I've also read that MDF is recommended as a substrate for laminate counter tops as it is smooth, flat, very dense and takes rubber cement well. Of course, that same density means it's heavy(!) I've used it for a couple of small projects so far, but think I'll use plywood for some others. I do have all the tools needed for the job.
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when I was building my own laminate countertops all I would use was industrial grade particle board because that's all Wilsonart would honor a warranty on. Some of the other laminate manufacturers might be different.
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when I was building my own laminate countertops all I would use was industrial grade particle board because that's all Wilsonart would honor a warranty on. Some of the other laminate manufacturers might be different.
They must have added that in the last few years, they never had that in their warranty before.
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BigJim, this is what I was told by my Wilsonart rep. I had the same questions myself. The man that taught me how to build cabinets and countertops always used plywood. So when I opened my own shop I asked my rep and that is what she told me. I know some people don't like pb because it is so bad when it gets wet, I feel the same way. I hate the stuff. but when plywood gets wet it has issues too. It just takes longer. I always made sure I caulked any joints really well and told my customers to make sure plumber sealed real good around sinks. If it stays dry it works great
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Considering they tell you not to use MDF in wet locations like a bathroom, I'm surprised anyone would want to use MDF for a counter top. It's basically compressed paper.
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