We get a lot of enquiries about MDF board and stock a great range, but sometimes people just want to know more about what it actually is. We thought we could educate you here.
The ‘MDF’ in MDF board stands for Medium-density fibreboard, meaning you actually don’t need the addition ‘board’ when describing it. All the same that’s what people tend to call it.
It’s an engineered wood product which is created by breaking down hardwood and/or softwood into wood fibres, and then recombining it into formed panels by mixing it with a wax and resin binder and then pressing it under high temperature.
Even though it’s made up of separated fibres it can be used as a building material in applications similar to how you would use plywood. It’s also stronger and much denser than particle board.
MDF board is much more uniform than natural timbers because there are no knots or grain. You can glue it together, screw into it, or use dowels. It can also be laminated or painted for a nice finish.
Generally we don’t advise using nails with a smooth-shank because they don’t hold well, however we do have all the fasteners you need in our hardware section.
MDF Board – Benefits
- Excellent for veneers
- Can be less expensive than natural woods
- No grain, meaning no splitting
- Consistent in size and strength
- Can be curved
- Shapes well
- Doesn’t expand and contract like regular timber
- Easy to finish with paint
MDF Board – Drawbacks
- Low grade MDF can swell or break if exposed to water
- Dulls blades quicker than many regular woods
- Screwing and nailing near the edges can cause splitting/delaminating
- Fine dust when machined or cut – As normal procedure cut in well ventilated areas and ensure that you’re wearing a mask