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Urgent building baseboard MDF or chipboard

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Post by AndyH » Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:44 pm

Hi all just building a baseboard, scaled back Keith Robinson scrap wood creation using an old table and some 1x1
Anyway got about 2*2ft square either side left to fill.
Can either use chipboard shelving stuff with the white laminated film or MDF as I have round the back.
I know neither are ideal but which is less of the two evils?

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Post by The Sligo Rover » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:54 am

I think you are asking for trouble.

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Post by Stese » Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:11 am

Out of the two, i'd suggest the mdf.... mainly cos the shelving is still useful as that!

mdf will be fine as long as it is properly supported from the underside and is protected from moisture.

it's not unusual to use repurposed or recycled materials for railway building... it does save money. my own layout is built using 18mm ply that was left by the previous tenant.
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Post by AndyH » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:46 am

Stese wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:11 am
Out of the two, i'd suggest the mdf.... mainly cos the shelving is still useful as that!

mdf will be fine as long as it is properly supported from the underside and is protected from moisture.

it's not unusual to use repurposed or recycled materials for railway building... it does save money. my own layout is built using 18mm ply that was left by the previous tenant.
Ta, yeah the MDF boards I'm using is left overs off an old built in wardrobe that I partly dismantled and rebuilt part.

The front is some pine sheets off an old kitchen cabinet carcass that I broke down. Just sanding the boards down and hopefully a relative has some better 2*2 timber as the batons. The MDF sit along walls

The only issue I can see other than dust of cutting/drilling MDF (which be done off site) is getting to.the underside of the pine sheets at the front as be sitting on a 5*3 table.

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Post by yelrow » Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:26 pm

i tend to agree with Sligo. Make up and mend, usually leads to trouble, If you can use ply, plus 2x1 frame, you are sure of a flat surface, and trouble free running. My layout sits on a Table tennis table, but with 2x1 frame, fully supporting ply top. This has left a gap for wires to points etc. By all means, use an old table, kitchen cupboards, underneath.

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Post by Tricky Dicky » Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:37 pm

Using different thicknesses of tops for baseboards can be problematic when it comes to alignment at baseboard joins. It is often easier to deal with differing thicknesses of underframe. MDF and chipboard including melamine coated types do absorb moisture and swell, however indoors in a fairly stable environment that should not be a problem but in lofts, garages and sheds it could cause problems. The most stable material is plywood its construction keeps it very stable in comparison to other sheet materials coupled with using the same material throughout for baseboard tops means that even if any swelling takes place it will be even throughout.

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Post by AndyH » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:45 am

Well in the end I used the MDF boards sanded down used at the back and sides, same thickness as the pine at the front. As a first board, I'm quite happy and pleased with how it turned out especially as cost me nothing, compared to the £100 odd I originally planned 😀
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Post by The Sligo Rover » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:07 pm

Good luck.

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