Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lilrabbit Handy Size, Stable, Easy to machine
Unless I am on a dedicated material run, I generally don't drive my big truck to the big city. So I was in my little jelly bean car and made a de rigueur stop at Home Depot, Justin Case they had something I thought I needed.
I definitely needed to make up another batch of zero clearance inserts and I was unusually out of scraps of 1/2 MDF.
Well, a 4x8 sheet doesn't fit in the little car, and I am little inclined to buy a full sheet of it unless I have a project on line that needs it.
I didn't even know Home Depot carried this stuff in this handly 2x4 size.
But they do, and I was able to comfortably fit one of these handy sheets into the trunk of my tiny car.
I used a third of the sheet to make up zero clearance inserts and I made the rest into a miter sled.
Now, lets all band together to get HD to start stocking some of that really nice 11 and 13 ply baltic birch plywood in this size as well....
May 13, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Michiganers Problems with this product since Fall 2012
I use this product to make large handmade screens (22" high x 42" wide). They consist of a wider middle panel and two smaller side panels, which are attached with 4 hinges using craft glue and tiny screws.. I've been making these for 7 years without a problem until this fall.. Suddenly, the hinges are continually tearing away the top layer of wood and breaking free, ruining the screen. Since I've used this product successfully for so many years, I can only assume that a cheaper glue is being used in the manufacturing of the MDF panels, thus making it easy for it to tear apart? This is annoying enough, but to make it worse, the price has about doubled in the last several years.. Why are we paying more for less quality? This seems to be an ongoing problem with a lot of the wood sold at our local Home Depot. I hope Home Depot will see this and look into this problem.
January 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by louieb Perfect for me!
I used these for the top and 2 shelves of my new work bench. Excellent value and sturdy for my needs. I later covered the work bench top with some spare hardwood flooring I had. Very nice for the price!
July 31, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by MBrant Mixed stock!
Home Depot has just changed suppliers for this product. The old supplier provided MDF that was reliably .50 thick. The new supplier provides stock that is .483 thick. Warehouse personnel labelled BOTH as .483 thick, something I discovered as glue was thickening in dados cut for .483 thickness.
This amounts to a mere 1/16" difference; not enough to notice, but plenty enough to ruin your project! Also, it's easy to find router bits for 1/2", but difficult to find router bits for 7/16" (.483).
I suppose they expect us to laminate the MDF, but HD doesn't carry laminates....
January 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by uofm3176 strong and durable
Best material for the price if your putting speakers of any size in this material. I built a speaker box for my f-150 5 years ago. Has two kicker cvs twelves and a ten in. Hits super hard and have never had a rattle or screw pull out like particle of even ply wood.I would recommed Liquid Nails just as a back up, I use it whenever I can. Cheap insurance and takes some of the pressure off the screws, hence maybe why I haven't even pulled one when using mdf.... Good Stuff !!
January 21, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Toby Nice piece of fiberboard
Flat and sturdy. Wouldn't call them "lightweight," as the description does, but I guess that's a matter of opinion.
September 4, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AndrewLB Good stuff
This is good solid MDF. A few months back I used it to replace the the horrible wire closet systems with nice built in shelves, etc. I've also used it to build subwoofer enclosures for car stereo systems, as well as building a router table with fence for my woodworking projects.
The one thing you MUST understand when dealing with MDF is that IT HAS TO BE SEALED! If you do not seal the board with either primer/paint, varnish, etc... it will soak up any moisture in the air. Another reviewer posted photos of a hinge ripping out of the MDF which clearly was not sealed, nor were the proper screws used. With MDF you want to use screws with a thin body but large coarse threads, much like a drywall screw. But even with the proper fasteners, if moisture gets into the board... it's game over. This same concept actually applies to ALL wood products. If you do not properly seal solid wood boards on ALL sides, they will warp. I suggest using Zinnser "Seal Coat", which is a De-Waxed Shellac product. It seals the wood and can be finished with Lacquer, Poly, painted, or left with just the shellac finish. It's a great product.
Hopefully this will help those of you who plan on using MDF but don't know much about it.
August 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PEANUT GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO PLYWOOD
GOOD FOR USE AS SHELVES FOR BASEMENT/GARAGE ALONG AS SUPPORTED CORRECTLY. CAN ALSO BE USED TO MAKE A SHELF UNDER A WORK BENCH.
December 26, 2012