I was wrong about MDF...

čas přidán 14. 01. 2023
I torture tested MDF vs. Plywood to see how they would hold up to water, weight and fire! The results were unexpected.
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  • Check out the original MDF vs. Plywood video: cs-tv.org/tv/video-Vwx3YivaPHk.html

    • As you can see from the comments below , whether or not to use MDF in a project is of great interest to the folks who clicked-in to watch your Vid . There are some really good comments below that include some good questions and discussions for possible add-on topics for you to explore ! Good job _SO FAR_ 👍!

    • Actually you weren't wrong totally. It's actually a special MDF looking Material called MD-X or MED-X that's made for wet areas, example-around sinks in cabinets. I'm a 3rd generation Wood Craftsman/Cabinet maker with !5-20yrs experience myself.

    • Douglas fir pine ? Marine plywood ? Missing? You get an f , do it over

    • Did you weigh the wood before and after?

    • both MDF vs. Plywood dont like water in the long run and both have there use for things ... if ou take a nice full wood shells you get the same over time ... but agian i only been a carpenter for +30 years, your testing was fun and good ...

  • My main observation with MDF is how it warps over time. It seems nice and strong at first but If I have a shelf made from MDF it will sag over time much worse than plywood with the same weight on it.

    • Agreed, especially if you put a bunch of books on it. The MDF will get saggier and saggier, but ply will hold up pretty well for years.

    • Add front lip made of MDF/Ply/Softwood/hardwood. For bonus points support it at the back AND sides.

    • I have some metal framed MDF shelves in the garage and I flip them every year or so. I’ve also painted them on all sides to try and keep the swelling from high humidity down.

    • @@colinjohnson5515 I noticed that the warped plywood in the vide was turned upside down, which of course made it resist better. Your idea of flipping the shelves is of course the way to go, for that very reason. A little bit of "negative" warping reduces the load stress in the middle, until the shelf is warping down again, at which point the load is concentrated in the center. It is just basic geometry,

    • MDF paints so well, but it definitely needs ample reinforcement.

  • Fun bonus idea: measuring the difference in red water volume would help understand just how much is being absorbed by the pieces.

    • I was just about to comment saying he should have weighed the boards pre-soak. Good thinking

    • @@tannertgf or measure the water in the jar before and after….

    • ​@@BleachDemon99weight would be better as it controls for evaporation

  • we used the physical properties of MDF to save our basement in case of flooding. Two tracks of U-shaped aluminium on both sides of a critical doorway, just slightly wider than the thickness of the MDF-Board. A bead of silicone to seal the entrance. If water entered the basement the MDF expanded and closed the gap in the u profile stopping the water to intrude any further.

    • oh, very smart!

    • V smart mfer

    • @@Fixthisbuildthat is it though?

    • I don't get it. I'll need to see some photos.

    • Yeah, I had this when I came back from holidays and a pine wood cellar door wouldn't open because there had been water pushing through the wall into the room on the other side and the door swelled when the water reached it.....

  • I watched this and the previous video at cheap desk with a painted MDF top. When it gets a tiny scratch, any amount of water (condensation on glasses, spilled drinks, or even from sweat in the summer) causes it to swell and create bumps. There's no fixing it. Stumpy Nubs had a tip to use CA glue to re-seal the mdf, so it won't get worse in those locations, but the desk has pock marks all over it now.

    • I had the same issue with a premade composite bench top that's sealed 1/2 flake board w/inner solid 2x6 construction. I skimmed the entire surface with epoxy using a pc of thin styrene about 4x6" and (1/16,.062 1.5mm thk.)Try to not leave ridges as you smear coat by overlapping. Then sand down the micro ridges leftover with a 1/4 sheet sander after its cured and do this till your desired thickness is achieved. Last coat sand progressively finer till 400 or better for a nice low shine finish that's ready to beat up again! LOL EDIT: Sand surface first to 220 or 320 before epoxy coating and between each coat or it will not adhere to the previous smooth surface and chip/peel more easily.

  • 15:39 lol how excited you got at the failure. Love it! Great tests Brad!

    • I didn't expect the shotgun crack, though it'd just slowly tear. So I wasnt ready for that 😂😂. Happy New Year, Matt!

  • At our shop we sometimes use “marine grade MDF” that’s more stable in situations with water exposure; we use it mainly for doors, in rooms that get lots of humidity

    • Oh yeah “Medex” , more garbage!

  • I made shelves a long time ago with MDF and they warped so hard it was more a roller coaster than a shelf even though there was very little weight put on to them (the vertical boards held pretty well which is interesting). I also made another shelve around the same time I made the MDF ones but this one was made from plywood and it is still standing strong even after putting a huge old heavy tv on it for years.

    • I used hardwood stair treads for rebuilding a bookcase 15 or 20 years ago. Those shelves are still as straight as they were new, even after being fully laden for all that time.

  • I always appreciate your videos! If you would have flipped the plywood over so it bowed downward, it would have likely been weaker than placing it with the bow upwards. This is the same reason they design flatbed semi trailers to bow upwards when they're not loaded.

    • considering he had the bowed side flipped down for the MDF, i feel like this was a really ignorant mistake.

    • Because the arch is the strongest support for a span...

  • My experience is the same as the outcome of this video except for the solid wood edge version. I haven't done that, but I will now. I'll be using mdf in different ways now. Thanks Brad!!

  • I still think you need to test the MDF deflection over time. I'm reasonably certain if you put the MDF shelf under a load of a full month, it will deflect a lot more than when you first applied the load.

    • This is the biggest problem for me. We all know about the water capabilities, or lack there of, of MDF but not many know of the issue of creep. Under a consistent pressure MDF will slowly deform to a much greater degree then plywood. I've seen MDF shelves with little to no weight on them that where several years old and sagging several inches in the center.

    • @@jasonharrison25 Can confirm - I'm looking at some sagging MDF shelves right now. An even tougher comparison for the MDF than plywood would be solid pine shelves. Having all of the long grain aligned with the direction of bending should make them stiffer than plywood.

    • That happens on my book shelves. I take the books out and flip the shelves over every now and then.

    • @@markburton5292 I've wondered how well it would work to get a steel bar a little thinner than your table saw kerf about 1/2" tall and epoxy that in a grove near the front and back of the shelf to stiffen it up. I just wonder if the the epoxy would pull out of the MDF over time. I guess you could drill several small holes and then drive some pin nails in the front edge to hold better. On the back side you could just screw a 3/4 x 1/8" steel strip since that wouldn't be visible.

    • I used to do a quick and easy closet organiser. All the shelves are sagging. I made another from oak plywood. Its still straight as can be.

  • Brad, thank you very much for your time and effort xo

  • Brad, this video was very useful and I thank you for all the time and effort you put into it! But seriously: this was fun, you had me laughing out loud, for real!

  • Interesting and informative video. I work on cabinets (mostly refinishing existing cabinets) and I have the same experience with MDF shelves that I'm reading in the comments about warping over time. I've seen it on both ply and MDF but is certainly more pronounced in MDF. If we don't end up replacing the shelves for whatever reason, I just flip them over.

  • Great job! Would be Intersting to see a similar test with exterior sheathing options like OSB, OSB with a weather barrier, and a zip type board. Could even test tape applications on joints, etc.

  • ❤ (the vid i didn't know i needed! also, love how you talk fast and there isn't dead space. quicker to get info while researching, etc. :D )

  • Great video! As far as moisture resistance goes....30 years ago I had Formica counter tops made. The counter top guy told me to paint the underside of the back splash with oil base kilz or oil base primer before he installed it. He said this would keep the particle board from swelling up if the silicon caulk seal should fail. I also paint the underside of the front (especially near a sink). I have had great success with both applications. I would also paint the side of the particle board on the side of the cut out for a sink. I would paint any wood product for this kind of application. (I was a professional painter. I would understand if people are saying, they paint everything.)

    • I think it's ridiculous that the cabinet under/around a sink is made from cheap particle board. You _know_ it will get wet eventually. If I were making custom cabinet work, I would make this one compartment at least out of better material. When I had the opportunity, working under the sink, I laminated a sheet of contractor plastic along the bottom and a few inches up the sides.

    • @@JohnDlugosz - I do not think the original comment was referring to the cabinets; particle board is the typical material that is used when a laminate countertop is made, so I think the original comment was strictly referring to the particle board that is bonded to the Formica sheet.

    • @@stevebabiak6997, You are correct in what I was referring.

    • @@JohnDlugosz I think it's ridiculous to make a cabinet around the sink of any kind of wood. I have a sink and countertop completely made of stainless steel. It does not wear and does not swell. This has been common practice in my country for decades.

  • I don't even work with wood at all and I still watched the whole video. Thanks for being both educating and entertaining!

  • Brad-always appreciate these kinds of educational videos; am wondering if you could do an educational video on LEDs 101? I know you’ve done a couple videos (which I’ve watched) on putting LEDs in your work but feeling like I can’t find a soup to nuts video from design to installation on LEDs in woodwork and think you’d be great at teaching something like that. Thanks for any consideration you give this idea.

  • These look like a combo of fun, curiosity, and hard work to make. Thanks! For future one’s regarding water exposure: 1) Seeing Marine Plywood in comparison would be interesting to see if/when it’s worth using 2) What easy and fast to apply finishes (and how much) return adequate water protection. Eg how far Water based Poly or Lacquer go vs expoxy. Is soray can sufficient.

  • Brad, thank you very much for your time and effort.

  • Two thoughts: One, I've noticed that both MDF and particle board fail slowly when they have a constant load on them. Shelves that seem fine with a certain weight when built will gradually bow and eventually break over the course of years. I suspect it has to do with changing humidity, but that's just a guess. Second, what is the water resistance rating of the glue in that plywood? I think most ply now uses water-resistant glue, but I know that if you soaked a piece of older standard plywood overnight you would just have a stack of veneer flitches when it dried out. MDF has its uses, but I wouldn't use it for anything that is load-bearing or that has a high probability of getting wet. These tests pretty much reinforce my opinions formed over several decades of using the stuff.

  • I’m digging the Mr. Brad science dad with this testing 😂. Also cool slo-mo at the end where the concrete bags were levitating. Good fun!

  • Thanks for running the tests! I was surprised at the performance of the MDF.

    • I think it took to heart the old "bend, don't break" adage😀

  • The last plywood deflection test had physics on its side. I would have liked to seen it tested with the bow down as well.

    • My thoughts exactly, I’m p sure it would have bowed down when it was wet, right?

  • This was so entertaining to watch! Scratched that geek itch with your %Swole chart for sure. I’m even a non-builder-handyperson type and this was great to watch. Well done

  • Excellent testing Brad & that slow-mo at the end of the video is classic! 😂😂👍👍

  • Great video! One interesting thing to add to the water soak test - you could weigh the water cup before and after the test. There could be a difference between surface and internal soaking. Weighing the water would give you the amount of water being held in each wood/mdf sample.

  • We call it Major Deficiency Fixer because MDF is so versatile, I even use drywall mud on it to blend it into walls

  • Informative and fun! I just wish you'd done the plywood at the end as well to show the load-bearing difference between them.

  • Interesting, Brad. The arch in the plywood actually strengthened it. That's why it had less deflection. Look at a large dam and they're arched against the water pressure. Also, you were having entirely too much fun with that torch. Bill

    • yeah, after I saw the bow I figured it might be even stronger....though ugly, lol

    • @@Fixthisbuildthat Look at flat deck semi-truck trailers, you'll see unloaded they are parabolic in order to increase strength and resist deflection. Arch up is much stronger in your test case, and will deflect less.

    • now if that was placed with the arch down, it may not have been as strong

    • Or bridge supports...

  • 10:00 "I love the smell of burnt MDF in the mornin'." 😆 😆 Love the guitar riff added to the MDF vs. flamethrower shot. 🤘😁👍

  • Resided a house w/ an MDF like faux t1 11 of sorts. That Georgia Pacifc siding we replaced was falling apart lol. Over time plywood will (can) last a long time when used appropriately.

  • wow look at all those plans you have. and reasonable! i'm coming back to get some as soon as i have stuff sorted that i have room to build!

  • THANK YOU!! My girlfriend has always thought I was using the word 'Deflected' wrong when doing DIY stuff around the house.... YOU sir have proven her wrong.. 😎😁

  • great video! The biggest problem I have with MDF is that even though it seems like it can hold a lot of weight, it can't do it indefinitely. little by little it will sag more and eventually fail. At least thats my experience with it.

  • Kinda wish you'd have tested to failure on dry vs wet plywood & mdf, like that last test. Also it's probably worth mentioning in the swell tests, that that massive amount of swelling will do things like rip screws through MDF. Even if your shelf doesn't outright fail, it'll weaken and loosen considerably after even limited moisture exposure - not because the board itself is substantially compromised, but because the swelling and shrinking process is so extreme that it shakes the whole structure up.

  • that slow mo at the end there was actually awesome and felt like a will e and road runner moment lol.

  • Brad, thank you very much for your time and effort

  • Dude is killing it. Great tests and presentation. Fellow Tennessean to boot! Go Vols!

  • Fantastic testing, Brad! Really well done! 😃 My problem with MDF is that it's REALLY humid here where I live... So, if I buy MDF and there are scraps left... They turn into mud in about 6 months. 😬 BUT... There's the waterproof MDF (which I forgot the name)... And I still need to try it! Anyway, stay safe there with your family! 🖖😊

    • Marine Grade MDF?

    • @@Marcus_Caius Could be. I don't really remember the name.

    • yes, I've heard of that waterproof MDF and I need to get my hands on some!

    • Generically, it's just called moisture resistant mdf. It's available under a variety of names from different manufacturers. MR50 is the top rating in the US.

    • Advantech. It's not waterproof, it's water-resistant, and only slightly. It's designed to allow for sub-floor installation without the fear of a rain or two killing the floor. It will still fail in prolonged water, and it still sucks to get it wet. There is a good video out there from a flooring company that explains the biggest drawback: Once MDF / Advantech is wet, it loses pretty much all nail-holding power, forever. Said video explains and shows this (along with the swelling), and is the reason that company will not warranty any nail-installed floor over MDF (or advantech). Plywood > MDF. Screws > Nails. The only reason either are used is speed and price.

  • Great tests, data, and presentation! Easy subscribe Would be interesting to see how different woods fare in more realistic conditions - say a room with high humidity over the course of a few months. The wicking action I think helps the plywood dry faster, but that wouldnt necessarily be so relevant if the air itself was moist. Would be a hard test to do though, something so subtle over a long time vs something more extreme over a short time. Maybe a decent humid air test setup could be constructed within a plastic box with a little fan inside and then stuck in the garage for a few months It's a relevant point that warped wood can be stronger than flat wood, if you utilize the curvature to help distribute the force like you did in the shelf deformation test. Whereas I cant think of any situation where wettened mdf would ever get better The slowmo breaking looked like a cartoon with how much faster the wood floor broke out vs how long it took the concrete to start falling lol

    • yeah, that slow mo was fun to watch 😀

    • I would also like to see a test of strength under consistent weight over time, and maybe humidity + weight over time. The thing that always makes me hesitant to use MDF is thinking of all the crappy MDF shelves I've known in my life that have permanently bowed by inches. I have a big-box utility shelf in my basement where one of the levels is basically a bowl now. It seems like MDF continues to sag more and more in a way that plywood doesn't-but of course I don't have experimental data to be sure that plywood would have performed better in those same conditions.

  • Built custom cabinetry, shelving and whatnot for 30+ years and have never heard any tradesman call it "edge banding". 'Finished edge', 'nosing', 'front edge', 'trim boards', 'front supports'... probably a bunch more names for it. We always use 'edge banding' if it's just a veneer over the edge of the shelf material.

  • In regards to the wet shelf test when you were wondering why someone might have water on them long term - if someone raises houseplants or has a seedling nursery then you can't avoid a near permanent water presence on the wood. My grandmother did both the plywood shelves all had water stains.

  • 6:42

  • Brad, than you very much for your time and effort. This was great.

  • I'd love to have seen the edged MDF tested until breaking. For a follow up consider mdf versus moisture resistant (mr) mdf AND acetylated mdf (e.g. Trycoya). The latter has the wood fibres chemically modified before bonding making them hydrophobic. It is claimed to be suitable for structural work outdoors. Very expensive but, if it's as good as claimed, you might get a free sample from the manufacturer. Would be really interesting to see if the considerable extra expense is worth considering for e.g. making perfectly smooth external doors and trim.

    • I’d like to see that mostly the trycoya I’ve never used it because it’s ridiculously expensive here if you can find a supplier

  • Another great video. In the UK we have different grades of MDF big box is worst ( crumbly edge ) , normal MDF and MR MDF ( moisture resistance ). Edit after a little research Medite ( better quality MDF maker ) also do a Flame retardant MDF , no added formaldehyde MDF , Exterior MDF , Breathable MDF , Lightweight MR MDF , Industrial (High density) MDF .

    • I'd really like to check out some of the MR stuff!

    • Plywood also has different 'grades' of glue - the best ('A' bond) is made with Resorcinol resin - they used to make fighter jets with it (De Havilland Vampire for instance) and cheaper ply is made with PVA or Melamine-Urea-Formaldehyde as the glue and is only moisture resistant ("C" Bond) and will delaminate if left out in the rain. Resorcinol resin leaves a dark purple glue line which some people don't like while the Melamine is pale and not particularly noticeable

    • There's also Trycoya which has the fibres treated before bonding to make the boards water proof. Used for making external doors and building cladding. Claimed to resist decay longer than cedar.

  • Sorry mate I appreciate that you put a lot of research into this. I have not, therefore I have no basis on opinion or variance in data regarding your results. I just go with a porous bio material is saturated and therefore likely to mold I rip it out, I double check my grading, double check my sump placements ect. Kudos to you for being able to do what you do. I just recheck everything man 👍

  • The thing that's hardest to test, but that I've observed in the real world is how in humid environments over time the ambient moisture tends to soak into MDF and make it sponge up, and weaken then fall apart. Which is why when I was looking at vanities for my bathroom remodel, I looked specifically for wood construction and immediately nixed any that had any mention of MDF

  • Re. the water tests; it would be interesting to see the results using marine ply (as used in boat building) which is made with a glue with resistance to long term water exposure, even under pressure (as when it forms the hull of the boat).

  • It would be interesting to see how exterior grade and marine plywoods compare.

    • exterior grade plywood doesnt exist. marine ply does.

    • ​@@deadprivacywhat about tanilised ply?

    • @@azzman73 itll rot. Everything rots except larch, teak, greenheart, iroko ,sapele, but tgey will rot given the right citcumstance,. Only thing that wont rot is marine ply.

  • If the materials are in danger of getting wet, use marine ply or waterproof (outdoor) MDF.

  • Thanks for the the time and effort you put into making this. It was entertainin. The problem I have found with mdf is like others have said when it dries. Not so much being wet. When it dries out it fluffs up and turns to dust here. To simulate Louisiana weather you have to put it in a constant steamer pot. Mdf doesn't last two years in Louisiana. However you can paint it several coats of with diluted wood glue and it last a bit longer. However I even have to paint plywood with diluted wood glue here or it will also sag and warp over time. Oddly enough though cardboard stood on its end will last like 30 years. Maybe it has something to do with the glue used to make the cardboard. We have a graphics packaging company here.

  • Awesome awesome awesome channel, content, and host. Cheers man, thank you for your work!

  • Built a platform to hold my front load washer and dryer. Used 1 inch MDF for the deck. That was 8 years ago. Recently had to remove the washer and dryer, absolutely no issues with the MDF.

  • When i made cabinet doors out of mdf i coated the edges in glue amd let it dry before painting them. Seals them really well.

  • That new MDF snap-dance is gonna be a big hit at the club! :D What really got me was the sealed MDF still swelling like crazy. In the past I've used SMD Sunflash fiberglass resin to seal MDF, but after seeing this, I'm changing my materials list for a couple sheltered outdoor projects to avoid MDF entirely. Thank you!

  • Very interesting test :) You should also try to see if those smaller boards that were completely submerged would snap under load too. It would require a different jig, but it'd be interesting for sure :)

  • Great job Brad! Thanks for sharing the video with us!💖👍😎JP

  • Plywood was placed bow-up. The bow, acting as an arch, is the source of the increased strength. Had you placed it bow-down, it would have deflected more. Thanks for the video. Was a lot of fun. First time I've seen your channel.

  • Brad, I would have liked to have seen one more shelf tested - the radiata plywood with a hardwood face... I suspect that would be quite a bit stronger than the MDF/hardwood shelf.

  • So for the plywood loaded test, when you put the shelf in with the bow "up" it acts as a pre-stressed shape and resists deflection. If you had installed it the opposite way (bow down), it would have deflected more.

  • The only thing I see that could be questionable when you place the weight on the shelf. You've got it dispersed across the two sides more than in the middle. I would be curious if you stacked one row of concrete directly in the middle vertically how much it would hold that would be a better representation of the strength

  • Jeez. Almost gave me heart attack straddling that plank while loading weight in the last min of vid! I foresaw a painful 'fail' vid in your future : / Great tests! Great content. Love to see 'scientific' investigation approach to questions/ debate.

  • Almost every single mdf piece of furniture we've had purchased since 2003 has not lasted 5 moves while I've been in the military. Unfortunately, we were stationed in NC on the coast so it gets very humid here.

  • One of the tests we used to do, when testing for the effects of moisture on a building material, is to run wet/dry cycles. More than long-term exposure to moisture, I think you'll find that the number of wet/dry cycles a material can withstand will surprise you, especially with mdf vs a wooden laminate like plywood.

    • Yup. I used to work for a building products company and spent at least one day a week in the lab, running similar kinds of tests.

  • Really interesting on the MDF with hardwood face, might actually consider that for shelving when I wouldn't have before.

    • You can make plywood much stronger by adding a hardwood face as well. Plywood shelving is much better than MDF, especially if it isn't a built-in and will be moved occasionally.

    • I've often used edged mdf for shelves with excellent results.

  • Watched the last video and this one and found them both pretty interesting but I had a couple of random thoughts/notes I wanted to share. The line for the radiata pine on the chart at about 6:52 I think suggests some kind of non-elastic deformation above 400lbs. Maybe that was the eye-bolts getting bent/pulled out? or maybe one of the layers developed a crack? There's also just not that many data points so it could be just one of the measurements being flawed in some way. The bow going up making the board stronger makes sense geometrically: that's the design of the hoover dam. Something that might be interesting w/ the boards left standing in the water is weighing them to see just how much water they've absorbed giving us some more things we could graph (though I'm not sure just how actually useful those points would be for comparison purposes they might be fun to see). The way the three materials fail will likely be different and somewhat interesting. In the case of the mdf it's probably relatively tame when it fails and will likely break horizontally with relatively straight edges whereas I think the plywoods due to the grain structures will be a bit more spectacular w/ more jagged edges to the breaks and will probably be a bit more likely to fling chunks out. That's my guess anyway so it'd be cool to see it put to the test. Also, if you're gonna be intentionally breaking these boards you might want to consider some safety squints.

  • I have not even seen the video yet ...but 600 pounds of concrete and a flame thrower have got me riveted to the screen!

  • Thanks for testing the plastic shelf supports - I've always been leery of the ones supporting my 1x6 pantry shelves with, like, 5 lbs on them. Now I know I can jump up and down on them ;-) Not quite.

  • I had a couple two gallon jugs of water on an MDF shelf. One of the jugs leaked and soaked into the MDF. The shelf dried but it has a permanent bow in it now. I just flipped it upside down to help counteract the bow.

    • yup, in that situation it's probably okay as long as it didn't swell up massively

  • I use a ton of mdf, but I only use Finsa fibrapan hidrofugo mdf which is moisture resistant. I left a piece submerged in water for about 24 hours and it was exactly the same size and shape. Would be really interesting to se you test different types of mr mdf and maybe marine ply 😊

    • that's so cool

    • Are you in Europe? MR mdf is hard to source in North America.

    • Ive seen some cool colored MDF as well...I saw in the Hooked on Wood channel. Don't think it's as easily available here in the US.

    • @@qfudgedoggy it’s not. It’s made in Europe. Portugal makes some of the best. What’s available here is imported and thus not cost effective.

    • @@homer009x yes, im located in Norway 😊

  • I laughed way too hard at "Thank you very much for your time and effort" 🤣

  • When it comes to shelfs I have found it's about what happens after 5 years. And often the shelfs that didn't warp at all and weren't seriously loaded end up sagging tremendously. Take the shelf off and it is a permanent bend.

  • lol when you rubbed one of the boards wet boards it gave me the most unexpected nails on a chalkboard feeling i've ever had around 8:30

  • Your slow motion MDF snapping was a case study in why you should wear steel toe boots, you didn't react until after the load had contacted the floor.

  • Plywood comes in interior, exterior, marine, and treated. MDF comes in many different types also. You should also show OSB and particle board.

  • At 15:38, the scream sounds like the guards from "Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame" falling off a building. Liked the video, btw. :)

  • It's cool that you listen to your commenters. I'll have to watch this channel more often.

  • I built a workbench in my garage last year and used MDF for the table top. The thing that I do not like about it is that it stains and leaves marks if any liquid touches it. I can't tell you how many rings are visible from wet buckets that have been set on it. When it's time to replace the table top I will try plywood instead.

  • Thanks for circling back to this. Did you do a cross section to see the inside of the boards?

    • I didn't, but from the side you could pretty much get the picture

  • Brad, I hate to break it to you, but those ARE NOT bags of concrete, but rather concrete mix. 😁 Unlike the plywoods, the types of binders used in MDF produce VOCs that significantly contribute to "sick home syndrome"... and I hate the weight of MDF... moving full sheets of 3/4" gets old really quickly.

    • Oh yeah, I still hate MDF, lol

    • You're all wrong. They're sacks!

    • I'm a landlord. We own and manage a number of apartment buildings - not high end condos, but 3 - 4 level, wood frame housing for working families. The kitchen cabinets built with 3/4" plywood are nearly indestructible; many are original from the 1960's and 1970's. The MDF cabinets rarely last 10 years.

  • cement/concrete is one of my pet peeves and I would argue that the bags are concrete mix and they are not concrete until it sets up. just to make your life a bit more complex. thanks, good video. my first one of yours.

  • Coming across this was interesting; I didn't read down the comments to far as it was just talk about the strength and advantages of plywood VS MDF, but I wanted to bring up the potential of mold growth in MDF and particle board.

  • The design of those supports used in the final test tool me right back to Statics class

  • Another thing worth noting... marine grade mdf exists. In my humid environment of SW Florida, regular mdf is nearly worthless (unless you have $50k worth of plastidip lol).

  • Have you heard about Valcromat? I use it instead of MDF on a lot of things where moisture may be an issue. You can get it colored through also in many colors.

  • The plywood that my company gets, comes apart from humidity change. I think it's held together by hope.

  • The upwards bow of the ply probably functioned akin to prestressing, reducing the deflection by adding forces acting against the added weight.

  • Good video as always. I enjoyed the various tests you performed and have no complaints. I do wonder how well a “MR/moisture resistant” mdf such as Medite MR or a pressure treated plywood would have faired. I know we don’t usually use pressure treated plywood much as woodworkers but I do use MR style mdf on occasion. I am a fan but I’m not THAT heavy! 😊 Ron

  • The only time I like mdf is for inexpensive shelving. I always provide the option for sanded ply but mdf is a nice inexpensive option. But these selves are also capped with thin hardwood trim then caulked and painted.

  • Brad, thank you for your time and effort :)

  • Lol, when the break happened in slow motion, everything was already resting on the ground before you had time to react and jump away. Good thing you were not relaying on reaction time to save your toes😅

  • The quality of plywood varies greatly. I’ve had builders supply it and pick it up from a box store and it was made in Indonesia. It had a lot of voids in it and just all already was a cheaply made product compared to materials sourced from my local supplier that was made in the USA

  • Mdf is bonded with a wax and resin binder with high temperature and pressure, which is most likely why the surface resists water, but the cut edges allow more water in. As with any wood end grains not sealed, allow water to soak in due to the structure of the wood being straw like fibers

  • I think the big takeaway is that each type has its own uses. Some shared, some not. It's another tool that needs to be selected by use case.

  • love the video, only question, ply without the edge banding is better than MDF without, what about ply with edge banding? for those of us that like the math's (sorry for those that don't, but I'm an engineer too), it would be cool to see the results of ply vs MDF both with edge banding.

  • Thank you for a fun and interesting video. I really enjoyed watching it.

  • This was amazing. I never know why I watch your videos since I do make anything but for some reason they are fascinating. You are such a nerd about exactness…that’s not an insult😂