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Combine MDF with wood moldings.

Here's one of my favorite tricks for painted trim, cabinets or even furniture: Use MDF for the large, plain parts and dress them up with wood moldings like base cap, coves or base shoe. That gives you the money savings of MDF without the time-consuming work of making MDF trim from scratch. The wainscoting shown here, for example, is simply panels and strips of 1/2-in. MDF trimmed with small-profile pine moldings that cost less than 75 cents per foot. The cap rail is likely to take a beating from chairs, so I make that from wood instead of MDF. Once coated with primer and paint, the wood and MDF parts will look exactly the same.

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Title Annotation:DO'S & DON'TS; medium-density fiberboard
Author:Wentz, Gary
Publication:The Family Handyman
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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