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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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I know this will probably make a lot of you guys roll your eyes, but can I route strips of MDF to paint and use for baseboards?
I have a couple of rental properties and it seems like every time I change tenants I end up replacing baseboards, door trim, etc. It's getting spendy! Just wondering if I would be able to cut strips of 1/2" or 3/4" MDF and route the top edges. I would be painting them plain white so perfect finish isn't that important.
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Hi tileart

You bet,,,, the router will do that job all day long,,,,you can do it with a hand router or a router table....

It's best to use a wide board and then just table saw the board to the size you need..

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I know this will probably make a lot of you guys roll your eyes, but can I route strips of MDF to paint and use for baseboards?
I have a couple of rental properties and it seems like every time I change tenants I end up replacing baseboards, door trim, etc. It's getting spendy! Just wondering if I would be able to cut strips of 1/2" or 3/4" MDF and route the top edges. I would be painting them plain white so perfect finish isn't that important.



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Yes, you can route MDF. It will take an edge shape, dadoe, or rabbit quite nicely. Not sure how it will stand up when used as baseboards and other trim, but you can let us know.

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I bought some mdf base several years ago and it's still looking good.

I'd be interested to see the bits used for base

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Perfect, Thanks!
As long as it lasts for the year that will be fine with me. I usually replace it about once a year anyway. This way should save a considerable amount of cash, though.
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MDF makes a ton of dust.. Be prepared for it..
Wear a respirator..

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HI Joe

I know you didn't ask to see the normal bit but here's one that I use from time to time...

http://cgi.ebay.com/1-PC-1-2-Shank-B...QQcmdZViewItem

and easy to used on the router table ...

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I bought some mdf base several years ago and it's still looking good.

I'd be interested to see the bits used for base

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Hi Bob,

I know you weren't typing at me but, strangely enough, that is the exact bit I just bought last week for this purpose. I guess I did something correctly, huh?
Even bought it from the same seller so hopefully it'll last a while.
Thanks again for the info.
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Why do you want to spend time routing MDF for baseboards & trim? Go to most lumber yards or building supply companies ( excluding HD or the Lowes, I doubt if you would find any one that would know what I'm talking about ) I don't know where you live, but if there is a United Building Supply or Pro Built store they can help you.
They sell MDF base boards, and trim moulding in 14, 16 and random lengths. In Butte MT for example 16' Colonial base boards in MDF and primed is $8.45. To me time is money - the only thing I would gain is the satisisfaction that I made it, but I have better things to do with my time.
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Thanks Bob

I'm ordering that bit you recomended. Got the same 30 pc set also from the same guy...I love it

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