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    type of wood?

    What type and thickness of wood does everyone recommend?

    I know mdf/particle board is usually used, but my dad suggested 3/8" plywood. Are there any disadvantages of using plywood? I will begin construction later this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04f150stx View Post
    What type and thickness of wood does everyone recommend?

    I know mdf/particle board is usually used, but my dad suggested 3/8" plywood. Are there any disadvantages of using plywood? I will begin construction later this week.
    Use MDF, plywood shatters, splits and splinters when you work from its sides. So nails and staples may come loose. When I built the PC case, which is also the center console, I used thin particle board, its tough, but too tough. Its hard to get nails, screws and drill holes. I had a mission with it. I had to use support brackets to hold the whole thing tight together.

    In all what are you looking to use it for? I used particle board because it has to protect the PC and bear the weight of 2 people.


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    If you need strength, or it needs to thin, use plywood. But if you don't, mdf is easier to mill and finish. You can route rounded edges into it, cover it smoothly with paint or upholstery carpet and so forth.
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    It will be a center console (well in front of the seats) which will house the computer and screen. Hopefully no weight will be put on it.
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    First off, stay away from any kind of particle board, whether it be OSB or actual particle board. Neither have a place here.

    MDF is great to work with, because of it's properties. When constructed correctly, it's very strong. And for detailed milling and the like, it's much easier to use than most all plywoods.

    Plywood... Well, it depends on what type of plywood. If you're talking B/C grade structural ply, then yuck... Leave that to subfloors. Now, cabinet-grade plywood is very nice to use in many applications where thickness is a concern. And if you look at the cross-cut, you're looking for the most layers (cores), which is what makes it stronger. Cabinet-grade Birch plywood is nice for anything which will be square in shape.

    Mixing/matching is OK, as long as you're not housing your sub-stage. And if you're planning on anything other than a square design, I'd lean more towards MDF. If there's any fiberglass-shaping going into it, then MDF is easiest to work with on any milling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thekl0wn View Post
    First off, stay away from any kind of particle board, whether it be OSB or actual particle board. Neither have a place here.

    MDF is great to work with, because of it's properties. When constructed correctly, it's very strong. And for detailed milling and the like, it's much easier to use than most all plywoods.

    Plywood... Well, it depends on what type of plywood. If you're talking B/C grade structural ply, then yuck... Leave that to subfloors. Now, cabinet-grade plywood is very nice to use in many applications where thickness is a concern. And if you look at the cross-cut, you're looking for the most layers (cores), which is what makes it stronger. Cabinet-grade Birch plywood is nice for anything which will be square in shape.

    Mixing/matching is OK, as long as you're not housing your sub-stage. And if you're planning on anything other than a square design, I'd lean more towards MDF. If there's any fiberglass-shaping going into it, then MDF is easiest to work with on any milling.
    Question: what is the diffrence between particle board and MDF? I cant tell what I used. All I know is that its hard to drill, hammer or screw into.

    Also, if this is for a center console, then i would go with the strongest material. There is no way you can avoid people leaning on it, after all thats what center console are for. I think mine could easily withstand at least 400 pounds, which i doubt it will ever reach. You always have to plan for the unexpected when fabricating. So assume your always going to have large people in the car and design accordingly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Question: what is the diffrence between particle board and MDF? I cant tell what I used. All I know is that its hard to drill, hammer or screw into.

    Also, if this is for a center console, then i would go with the strongest material. There is no way you can avoid people leaning on it, after all thats what center console are for. I think mine could easily withstand at least 400 pounds, which i doubt it will ever reach. You always have to plan for the unexpected when fabricating. So assume your always going to have large people in the car and design accordingly.
    MDF is basically a higher density particle board... So technically, it's a more finely ground sawdust. But it also uses a much better binding as well, which gives it its strength. If you can take your fingernail (on a new piece) and scratch up sawdust flakes, then it's probably particle board, and not MDF. Granted, neither like water, particle board will also practically balloon in the presence of humidity.

    And the comment on planning for needing more strength is dead-on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thekl0wn View Post
    MDF is basically a higher density particle board... So technically, it's a more finely ground sawdust. But it also uses a much better binding as well, which gives it its strength. If you can take your fingernail (on a new piece) and scratch up sawdust flakes, then it's probably particle board, and not MDF. Granted, neither like water, particle board will also practically balloon in the presence of humidity.

    And the comment on planning for needing more strength is dead-on.
    OK, so its MDF that I used, not particle board, sorry, im very new at this fabricating stuff so I basically just buy things and dont even pay attention to what it is. All the MDF I saw was thick, then i came across a section in Home Depot that had pieces about the size of a car door, and it felt so strong, so I said ok, ill go with it. To cut into though was hard, the jigsaw literally had to be charged every 15 minutes because it had a hard time cutting into it. I also had to use special drill bits. Nailing, forget it, i had to drill the holes first then nail the nails in.
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    OSB is the stuff you see on the side of houses. It's Oriented Strand Board. It has giant flakes of stuff in it and it is rough. Looks like this:


    MDF is medium density fiberboard and is smooth and HEAVY, much heavier than OSB. Looks like this:


    MDF can be pretty tough. Better to use screws and glue in it than nails.
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