Monday, February 19, 2018
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MDF & HDF

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MDF or Medium Density Fibreboard is a dense, stiff, flat board with no knots and can be easily machined. As a result, it is often used instead of plywood or chipboard. The fine particles used in MDF give the board a smooth surface finish with very little recognizable surface grain. As there is no surface grain present the board are often painted for a smooth surface and can be machined, cut or drilled without damaging the surface. MDF can also be cover in a veneer or a laminate; this blankets the MDF especially along the visible edges.

It is often used in furniture, laminate flooring, shelving, doors and so on.

MDF also reduces wood waste as it is almost entirely made of wood waste and has minimal impact on the environment.

HDF

Similar to MDF with respect to materials used, HDF is smoother, denser and harder than MDF. These properties allow the boards to be used extensively in construction of furniture as it can very evenly be cut, drilled and painted in order to obtain the exact finish one requires.

HDF is commonly used in the construction of kitchen tables and cupboard doors, but can also be found in the packaging of materials, carpentry and construction.

Storage and Handling

Storage

MDF should be protected during storage from moisture, sun, and rain. It is highly recommended that it be stored indoors in a horizontal position to prevent warping or bending of panels.

Handling

The changes in humidity have a changing effect on the dimensions of the board and it is therefore recommended that the products be delivered 24 hours or more before to the location where it will be used. MDF and HDF should always be handled with care as damage can easily be done when handling the boards incorrectly.