I am making a small workbench with MDF top and I want to put pocket holes in the underside to secure solid wood edge banding around the outer edges. Is MDF strong enough to put pocket holes into it?
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yes it is but make sure you take your time and back your drill bit out alot of the time to clear out the dust, if not your drill might start to jam up
Yes mdf is strong enough but I suggest using some glue with the bond between the wood and mdf. Mdf is great for a substrate under laminates as it is flat and remains stable if you protect it from water and other liguids. I use if on my shop benches as it remains a cheaper version of material that the plywood and does not have the spring and or the ringing echo as plywood does. Some of the problem I have noted in plywood tops is the veneer is so thin anymore that it will not stand the abuse of normal bench top operations. Depending on what type of work that is going to be done on the bench determines on where or not I put a laminate on top or not. Normally for the heavy use I lay a piece of 1/8" hard board, with the slick side, on top and add a couple screws on the ends to hold it in place and allow it to free float. That way I can change it out if it gets damaged.
I have a 4'x8 piece of 3/4" MDF setting on a pool table. Got some water on it one day and next day went down and bought me a 4'x8 piece of melamine with a nice birch laminate top and put that on top of the MDF so my top is now 1 1/2" thick.
I did attach a "hanging shelf" underneath to the MDF with pocket screws and I've got 3 drills hanging from that shelf plus several 18V batteries and charger. There's a little weight there and screws are holding good in the MDF, so far.
Here is a cabinet I made entirely made of MDF using the Kreg jig. I had no problems using pocket holes in MDF.
Boy nobody loves me anymore since I am anti-MDF. OK now lets put a toolbox on there with all your wrenches and hammers on the shelf !!!! A inch and a half thick that is one heavy shelf minusing the tools
Anything you buy in furniture thats cheap is MDF . I f they could make a stronger resin that does not suck water then you have my attention. You are lucky no one was under that shelf .