Medium density fiberboard, or MDF, is a premier substrate for wood veneer. MDF's workability, good dimensional stability, flatness, close tolerances, dent-resistance, and lack of grain-telegraphing have contributed to its wide acceptance. Good bond strength, screw-holding, and resistance to compression and warp make MDF an ideal substrate.
MDF is made in much the same manner as particleboard except that the wood is "cooked" prior to refining. During this step the wood becomes less susceptible to the influences of moisture and less brittle. During the refining step, the wood is "rubbed" apart into fiber bundles instead of being mechanically "broken" apart as in particle separators. After a binder is added, usually urea formaldehyde, the material is hot pressed, sanded, and sawed.
Features and Benefits
MDF Core Availability
Minimums may apply. Please call for availability. Other sizes and thicknesses may be available.
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