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Derek Lane25/02/2009 21:09:11
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What material do you most dislike working with in the workshop. For me it is MDF all that dust gets in ever orifice you can think of  . So lets see which is top of the most hated material in the woodworkers workshop
Mr Maguire25/02/2009 21:29:09
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Ply...I hate the way it squeeks when it binds on your saw, the thinner the worse
Big Al25/02/2009 22:06:30
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Polyurethane glue, nasty stuff.

Ralph Harvey25/02/2009 22:10:18
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No for me it has to be chipboard,
You never know just what is actually in there ? and there is always a little piece of metal just where you want to cut.
Woodworker25/02/2009 22:18:07
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MFC for me. You get the horrid experience of chipboard combined with trying to get a clean cut on the melamine faces ~ horrible stuff but I still use if for things like kitchen cabinets because it's easy to clean and cheap.
Olly Parry-Jones25/02/2009 22:36:09
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I'm gonna say MDF. Mainly because of the dust, like Derek says. It does cut cleanly and with ease. Planing the edges, whether by hand or machine, really seems to take the edge off your tools! I try to pick a dry, clear day now and do most of my cutting out on the drive.
To add a new one to the list, I could say softwood (Scandinavian redwood), going on a recent experience machining up the timber for this blanket box. I used to work with pine five days a week in my last job. At home though, I've gotten comfortable with native hardwoods and wasn't prepared for the amount of resin I've had build up on my bandsaw blades, planer knives and router cutters!
It does smell a lot nicer than MDF though!
Mike Wall26/02/2009 10:12:30
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IN my trade i machine a lot of perspex sheets the dust holds a static charge and clings to every thing
Oddjob26/02/2009 11:09:20
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I'm with Ben.  MFC is awful to work with.  Clean cuts on the melamine are near impossible no matter how good your saw blade and it blunts tools rapidly when you clean it up.  Fortunately I don't use it often.
Mailee26/02/2009 14:16:52
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Well unlike most on here I like using MDF. Machines well, no movement, (well hardly any) and you can get a good finish on it. I do however hate chipboard, laminated or not. I never cuts cleanly, chips easily and is not very nice on your blades.

John Kinch26/02/2009 16:12:51
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For me it has to be chipboard of any type, with or without melamine surface. It's more like weetabix, it's easy to overtighten screws when fixing and soaks up water like a sponge if water is accidently spilt on it.
will spencer26/02/2009 17:28:33
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2-any form of chipboard/mfc
3-cheap nasty ply
Ron Davis26/02/2009 19:44:44
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We all seem to agree as to our least favourite material - any thing man made!
What about your biggest disappointment? One of mine was a reclaimed Ercol table top which looked to be elm, but on working turned out to be soft and under the varnish nearly white. it also split easily, which elm certainly does not, which is why Windsor chair seats were made of it
Derek Lane26/02/2009 20:41:30
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So far MFC seems to be in the lead for most disliked material in the workshop any advances on that
Doug27/02/2009 17:26:35
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I don`t mind MDF, if you get your extraction right there`s no dust & the material itself machines like a dream.
The worst timber i`ve had to machine was wavey  edged air dried English oak, it knocked hell out of every blade i used on it. It cost more to machine that than any other material i`ve used.

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