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Author Topic: Joining MDF together.  (Read 359 times)

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Hawk75

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Joining MDF together.
« on: April 10, 2018, 08:42:14 pm »
Wondering if the side of the machine should be routed out say 1/8-1/4 inch and then the front be placed and glued in the slot, or is it out to just nail or screw it with a 1x1 inch support inside of the machine?

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Re: Joining MDF together.
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 07:58:46 am »
If this is what you are talking about:



Yes it is a good idea - it provides a lot of glue surface and adds rigidity. 
I would rabbet the front and have the side go into the rabbet.  That way the joint is on the side of the cabinet - not the front.
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Re: Joining MDF together.
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2018, 09:15:18 am »
Is this really any "better" then gluing and screwing a supporting piece (1x2, 1x1, etc) on the inside surface and securing the piece to that?  It seems like a LOT of extra work for little extra benefit.

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Re: Joining MDF together.
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 09:31:33 am »
Better? In what way? strength wise? It doesn't matter much on this style of construction - so that can be debated I suppose.
Cleaner, neater, less likely to get out of alignment, fewer screw holes to fill..
Its a more professional joint.. 

It you have a router/router table..  this is much simpler that cutting a corner brace. 
The work is relative to the tools available..
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Re: Joining MDF together.
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 03:10:23 pm »
If you are gluing internal battens and screwing from the inside... there's no screw holes to fill.  Also, that's how most original cabs were made.  Granted, there are quite a few that run rabbets into dados.

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Re: Joining MDF together.
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 03:57:41 pm »
If you are gluing internal battens and screwing from the inside... there's no screw holes to fill.  Also, that's how most original cabs were made.  Granted, there are quite a few that run rabbets into dados.

Fair enough  ;)  Again - I think it comes down to tools at hand.
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