It really depends on the look you are going for. If you are looking for a smoother glassy look it works. But usually if you use wood for the stiles and rails you can see a hint of grain. If you can see it in the frame of the door you should have it in the panels. My 2¢There are 2 suppliers that are beating down my office door. Both are good.
These doors are from the smaller of the two, Dutchman Doors. They offered me a forever %10 discount with COD.
Leo, as far as the MDF goes, it's only pennies more to go with a maple natural plywood panel. But it's on a MDF core. I have it in my head that the MDF is the best choice for a painted door panel. It's flat and stable, holds paint really well. If I thought it would be a better product I would go a different way.
Can you convince me otherwise? I'd be alright with that.
This is all for you, Neo.
Took delivery of some doors today. Nothing real fancy, just paint grade shaker. Maple frames and a mdf panel. Drawer fronts are mostly 5 piece but one little vanity needed some small solid fronts.
56 parts in all. All the edges are broken and ready for paint.
Total cost = $1258.60
average part cost = $22.48
The parts were ordered one week ago today when we started the job. Cabinets are just about ready for doors.
I gotta go back to your original post and do some math:
Thats how we roll.
My gift to you Neo, and its not even Christmas.
Let the banter continue:laughing:
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Good point on the grain transfer through a real glassy automotive type finish.It really depends on the look you are going for. If you are looking for a smoother glassy look it works. But usually if you use wood for the stiles and rails you can see a hint of grain. If you can see it in the frame of the door you should have it in the panels. My 2¢
You are silly. One piece = 1 door or drawer front.:thumbsup:I gotta go back to your original post:
"5 piece door and drawer fronts... 56 parts..." thats only 11.2 doors/drawers. :whistling
I can sell people anything that I believe in. I run the menu on the choices and warn them about the possible pitt falls. When asked I tell them it is a good product and very economical, and has good value. That usually sells the door.Most of my clients, given a choice will choose to have real wood over MDF. Usually they don't care about the cost difference. They want the look of real wood.
I don't like it because it is very hard on tools, and dusty. But then again, I do my own milling. (rib rib)
I'm not talking about "cheap", I'm talking about "economical".I don't sell economy cabinets. I can't even force myself to build them. To quality oriented, it is built into me.
I have tried to build low end and it always ends up to good. It's a curse.