What is MDF Board? MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is one of various customized wooden boards used in building, furniture manufacturing, and other purposes.
MDF, including particleboard, plywood, as well as OSB (oriented strand board), is available in huge flat sheets of varying thicknesses and may be cut and molded using standard woodworking equipment.
What is MDF Board?
MDF boards are available in thicknesses ranging from 1/4 to 1 inch, and complete sheets are generally 4 by 8 feet in size, the actual size is 49 x 97 inches. It is utilized as a construction material in commercial and residential structures, as well as in furniture and cabinetry manufacturing.
How is MDF Produced?
MDF is created by mixing crushed raw wooden fibers with wax as well as resins, and heating and squeezing the mixture to make exceptionally durable boards that may be utilized in a variety of building and furniture-making applications.
MDF is comparable to plywood and can be utilized for a variety of things, but the boards have no apparent grain as they are created from crushed wood fibers instead of thin sheets of solid wood, as plywood is.
When seen from the edge, MDF panels will seem to be homogeneous in thickness—not stacked in the manner that plywood is created.
MDF is a very adaptable construction material that is robust, long-lasting, inexpensive, and easy to deal with. Among its numerous applications are:
- Shelves and cabinets
- Doors and frame
- Decorative tasks
- Laminate countertops
- Speaker boxes
- Construction of trade fair booths and theatrical sets.
MDF, being a less expensive commodity, has largely supplanted plywood in so many situations, particularly if the structure or surface would be painted.
The smooth surface which binds effectively to paint will also adhere well enough with wood and veneers placed to it. Many pieces of furniture that seem to be genuine hardwood contain MDF core components that are then coated with hardwood veneer.
The cores of most laminate countertops are made of MDF. The only drawbacks of MDF are its heaviness (it is a hefty material) and the fact that it doesn’t hold bolts and nails as well as plywood. Big furniture pieces, for instance, may require additional strength at the joints.
MDF is a fairly solid material that is much heavier than a plywood. Remember this while moving and constructing with it.
Apart from this little disadvantage, MDF is a great construction material since it absorbs glue, binds effectively and connects solidly. It may be cut and sculpted using the same tools that are used in building and carpentry.
Because MDF generates a lot of debris, it is recommended to cut it outside. It’s also a good idea to use a mask when cutting MDF to prevent inhaling small particles of resins used in its production.
Unfinished MDF can expand and break easily when subjected to moisture, thus exterior-grade plywood is a preferable alternative in settings where regular moisture exposure can be a possibility. However, there are specific varieties of MDF that may be utilized in damp environments.