MDF Board

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.

Architechural Panel Product Spec sheet

Features and Benefits

  • A flatter panel, in most cases, than veneer core plywood
  • Warp is seldom a problem
  • Sheet sizes are 4'x8', 4'x10', 4'x12', 5'x8', 5'x10' and 5'x12'
  • Pre-sanded
  • Over 100 wood species and cuts, including many exotics, are ready for quick lamination
  • Ships easily by LTL or dedicated carrier

Technical Specifications

Standard Size: 4'x8'
Maximum Size: 5'x12'
Weight/Square Foot (3/16"): 1.00lbs
Weight/Square Foot (7/16"): 1.75lbs
Weight/Square Foot (1/2"): 2.50lbs
Weight/Square Foot (11/16"): 2.80lbs

MDF Core Availability

Minimums may apply. Please call for availability. Other sizes and thicknesses may be available.

  1/8" 3/16" 7/16" 1/2" 11/16" 1/4" 1"
MDF (4'x8') Standard Standard Standard Available Standard Available Available
MDF (4'x10') Available Standard Standard Available Standard Available Available
MDF (4'x12')    Available Standard  Available Available    
MDF (5'x8')     Available Available Standard Available Available
MDF (5'x10')     Available  Available Standard Available Available
MDF (5'x12')        Available Available    

* Images reprinted with permission from the 8th Edition Quality Standards Illustrated, Architectural Woodwork Institute, Potomac Falls, Virginia

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