DIY Hacks: MDF Cut To Size
If you’re planning a DIY project using MDF. Why not save time and order your MDF Cut To Size - less stress, less mess and guaranteed accuracy. What’s not to love?
How Hard Is It To Cut MDF To Size?
Providing you have the right tools it shouldn’t be too difficult to cut the MDF to size yourself. This does depend on the complexity of your measurements and your level of skill with the cutting tool you plan on using.
Even the most experienced DIY’ers can find cutting MDF to size a daunting task. Why? Well once you’ve cut it - you can’t go back. Accuracy is crucial when it comes to cutting sheet materials. Even if you go too big - you’re going to have to trim it down - which is even trickier. Furthermore, the price of MDF has soared in the last 12 months, with suppliers increasing prices by 40% and more. Cutting it wrong is a costly mistake.
If you have lots of cuts to make it’s super important to keep the kerf width of the blade in mind. The kerf width can vary, for instance ours is 5mm, so this needs to be taken into consideration when calculating your cuts as you will need to take off 5mm of each cut to account for the saw blade.
Is It Expensive To Order MDF Cut To Size?
It varies from place to place, it also depends on the MDF market which has been quite turbulent over the last 12 months. With MDF being so popular sheet prices have shot up – by more than 40% in some places! We think our MDF Cut to size service is very reasonable, more so when you consider the time and skill that goes into our cutting service. Our cutting service charge is £1 per cut - and that’s including VAT. As you can imagine, our cutting service is extremely popular and takes up a considerable amount of the team's time - which is why we have to charge for it.
How To Cut MDF To Size At Home
When it comes to tools there are several options for cutting MDF to size. You can choose from a table saw, a mitre saw, a circular saw, a handsaw or a utility knife. They each have their pros and cons – which we’ve listed below.
A table saw can be used to cut lengthways – this is a great option for cutting mdf to size if you’re looking to rip or cut strips out of the sheet. This is a specialist bit of kit and understandably most people don’t have them hanging around in their sheds.
A mitre saw is a great alternative if you’re looking for a more precise cut, but keep in mind that you will have to rotate the MDF to achieve the cuts you require. You are somewhat restricted with a mitre saw and ultimately it is a more expensive option. But if you’re going to get lots of use out of it - why not treat yourself!
Circular saws are a handheld option so you can cut your mdf in a variety of ways. However, you will need a very steady hand and a knack for cutting accurately. Circular saws are easy to get hold of - most DIY stores have them in stock.
Most people have handsaws readily available, it’s a real DIY staple for most homeowners. Be warned - this option won’t give you a precise cut. Handsaws aren’t the best option if you’re trying to cut MDF to size, it’s very difficult to cut uniform panels/ strips.
Lastly, if you’re feeling super confident – you can use a Utility/Stanley knife. The blade can be used to score the cuts, you can then snap the boards along the score. This method will only work with thinner sheets of MDF like 6mm.
If this all sounds like a lot of work (which it is) you can leave it to the professionals. Here at PS Timber we offer a precision cutting service, our super fancy machinery offers chip-free cutting, accuracy and a speedy turnaround (48hrs).
The ordering process is simple, add the cutting service to cart and let us know how many cuts you need by toggling the volume up or down. If your cuts are simple - input the measurements in the cutting notes box. If your cuts are more complex - please visit https://www.cutlistoptimizer.com/ from here you can input all of your cuts and sheets and calculate them to ensure minimum wastage. If you get stuck, just let us know and we can input them on your behalf.
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Interested? Visit our cutting service page to learn more about how we can help you with your cutting list.