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    Has anyone here had experience with building cabinets out of MDF? I want to build my parents a pantry 12-3/4" D x 5'-4" W x 6' H. I'm planning on making it in two pieces, both being 2'-8" W. Is there a problem with nails and screws holding and with the glue causing the MDF to swell? I've tried some things with 1/2" MDF and didn't have much luck because the nails kept splitting the MDF wherever I'd try to nail into an edge. It should take paint well and be very stable if kept dry but I am concerned with getting hinge screws to stay anchored while holding up 3/4" MDF doors. Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.