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02 Sep. 1993

Is mdf stronger than particle board,treehouse build plans,garden trellis plans diy - Review

So today I want to share the differences between MDF and plywood, the pros and cons of each, and how I decide which one I’ll use on a project. MDF is an engineered wood composite that is similar to particle board, but is much denser and stronger than particle board. Just like plywood, you can purchase MDF in different thicknesses depending on what you need for your project. The surface of MDF is very smooth, and you don’t have to worry about knots on the surface. MDF is very consistent throughout, so cut edges appear smooth and won’t have voids or splinters.

The consistency and smoothness of MDF allows for easy cutting of detailed designs (such as scrolled or scalloped designs) using a scroll saw, band saw, or jigsaw.
Because it consists of layers of wood veneer with the grain on each layer running a different direction, it’s a very strong building material.
Plywood will often splinter on the edges when cut, so it’s harder to get a smooth cut with plywood than it is with MDF. Brent, I try not to make really large items with MDF if the piece of MDF will be horizontal, like shelves, table tops, etc., because MDF will certainly bow over time, much more so than plywood will. For using MDF as shelving, it will not hold as much weight as plywood or solid wood without bowing, so they should either be shorter, or have more vertical supports, or have reinforcement on the front and back edges.

Print Version Engineered wood is a man-made wood product created using wood strands, particles, fibers or veneers of wood forged together with adhesives to form composite materials.

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