MDF is not a good shelf material, why don't you use a plywood?I am building 16" shelves (3/4" MDF, 12' long) for an interior storage space. How do I ensure a seamless joint where two lengths/corners meet? I'll set them at the same height, but over time MDF can warp. Any suggestions? Thank you
I like the finish of my MDF shelves in the pantry and would like the same in the storage area. I used plywood for heavy duty garage shelves. Plywood seems to have warps that the MDF does not have.Ron6519 said:MDF is not a good shelf material, why don't you use a plywood?
I was speaking of a birch plywood not a construction grade material.I like the finish of my MDF shelves in the pantry and would like the same in the storage area. I used plywood for heavy duty garage shelves. Plywood seems to have warps that the MDF does not have.
What do you mean by 'biscuits'? I am thinking of using 14" metal brackets from Home Depot and shoring up the shelf support at the wall with a 1x3I built a 12 foot shelf using MDO (similar to MDF, but MDF is probably better). I used a couple of biscuits to keep the edges aligned at the joint. As previously noted, a good paint job and the shelf will look fine. Mine is in a damp area (we water plants on it), and has not been a problem for 10 years. I used an exterior grade oil based paint, primed, two coats, and it has held up nicely. You can't see the joint. As noted, MDO and MDF are low cost, take paint very well, and are not subject to warpage due to moisture content changes, but are susceptible to damage if they get wet and are not well painted.