One of my very occasional, but ruthless, workshop clear-outs recently resulted in a huge pile of seemingly useless offcuts of MDF and hardwood, all destined for the firewood skip.
I had also just been asked to produce a painted occasional table in a vaguely Arts and Craft style, so it seemed a good opportunity to try and use up some of the scrap and produce a decent piece of furniture into the bargain. As usual, my library of books is the first port of call to find a suitable design which I can then modify to suit. This one was the first that I came across and it seemed ideal.
It required all the pieces to be quite chunky, with sharp square edges and no fussy detail, for which MDF is the perfect material. I know that many people have issues with it, but to my mind it is the unbeatable for painted work, provided you take sensible safety precautions for the hazardous dust produced as you work it. What else can you use to produce sturdy furniture for only minimal cost? Full 8 x 4 sheets of MDF cost less than £20, even for the thicker sizes, giving you a chance to make some serious profit on the finished job.