Routing MDF - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Philip
Posts: 1
 
Routing MDF

Can MDF be routed sucessfully
pjenni is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 12:37 PM
Moderation Team
 
Semipro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Country: United States
First Name: John_*
Posts: 4,471
 
Welcome to the forum Philip
Yes you can router Mdf same as wood but it does dull your router bits faster, I would definitely would use carbide bits
Semipro is online now  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 02:12 PM
Registered User
 
JudgeMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 191
 
Welcome Phillip,

Routing MDF will show you how absolutely necessary dust collection is. After routing my first piece of MDF, my next order of business was to get a dust collection system up and running. It is really amazing how such a small project could have put an MDF dust coating over everthing in my shop and my lungs as well.

Mike
JudgeMike is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 05:24 PM
Registered User
 
Cassandra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Country: Canada
First Name: Cassandra
Posts: 787
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JudgeMike View Post
Welcome Phillip,

Routing MDF will show you how absolutely necessary dust collection is. After routing my first piece of MDF, my next order of business was to get a dust collection system up and running. It is really amazing how such a small project could have put an MDF dust coating over everthing in my shop and my lungs as well.

Mike
Mine was spending a day cleaning the shop.

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero
http://www.panoramio.com/user/5924351
Cassandra is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 06:41 PM
Registered User
 
JOAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Theo
Posts: 2,494
 
Plus the dust doesn't smell good. One time using MDF was enough for me, nevermore, nevermore. I like plywood, and it smells good.

NC via the Army in 1979; retired in 1981, and just east of Raleigh ever since.
Remember, when I tell you how I do something, that does not mean I recommend you do it my way. Different backgrounds, different experiences; what works for me, may not for you.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
JOAT is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 02:31 AM
Official Greeter
 
jw2170's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Country: Australia
First Name: James
Posts: 16,642
 
Send a message via Skype™ to jw2170
Welcome to the forum, Philip.

I agree with the previous posts.

MDF dust is supposed to be carcinogenic. If routing in a confined space use a dust mask as the DC systems do not all remove all the fine dust out of the air. This is the stuff that gets into your lungs.

James
Sydney, Australia
.

I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."




jw2170 is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 03:37 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: Dave
Posts: 7
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jw2170 View Post


..... If routing in a confined space use a dust mask as the DC systems do not all remove all the fine dust out of the air. This is the stuff that gets into your lungs.
+1

Not used mdf myself yet but everything I've read says it creates loads of very fine dust and a mask is a necessity.

Dave.
dcni is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 07:08 AM
Registered User
 
cagenuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Country: South Africa
First Name: Hilton
Posts: 518
 
Send a message via Skype™ to cagenuts
Just cutting MDF on the table saw creates an almighty mess. I'm ordering one of those hanging filters to be placed above my router table. That together with both bottom and top dust extraction and a dust mask, I should only need one oxygen tank instead of two when I'm older.
cagenuts is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 08:25 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 59
 
Amen on all the dust advice, but to answer the original question, it does route very well. You can get nice profiles and pretty fine details. Just don't use it in high traffic areas without a very tough finish on top as the edges can be fragile.
senebraskaee is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 10:18 AM
Registered User
 
david_de's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Dave
Posts: 251
 
MDF is very uniform and so far I have never found a void in a sheet of MDF. The dust from sawing or routing will have you hacking up fur balls in a short period of time. I use a good respirator. The comment about oxygen had me thinking that an oxygen mask might work even better. ;-)
david_de is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Use of template Guides cutter79 Guide Bushings and Templates 6 08-21-2013 03:18 AM
Routing MDF Zurt Table-mounted Routing 15 01-14-2011 03:21 PM
Routing MDF jpratte General Routing 13 08-10-2009 11:31 PM
Routing MDF dmparrott Starting Off 8 10-12-2008 08:41 AM
Routing MDF KyCat General Routing 10 08-16-2008 05:19 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome