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11 Heads to Make the Best Selection for MDF Board

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MDF Board is a composite material made from wood flakes, binders and other additives.

It has been used for decades in furniture manufacturing. MDF board is often primed with water-based paint or an oil finish. Priming guards against moisture absorption during the cutting process as well as preventing staining of the surface by materials such as glue and adhesive tape which can bleed through to the board's surface if they are not primed first.

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Plywood is a type of engineered wood panel that consists of three layers:

two outer layers of "face" veneer (usually composed of hardwoods) sandwiching a layer composed mostly or entirely of softwood plywood sheets arranged crosswise to each other in alternating orientation, typically with each sheet lain perpendicular to the one below it. Plywood is usually used as a structural material for floors and roofs, where strength and stiffness are important, but may also be found in walls or even cabinets.

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Plywood's place of origin is considered with respect to its application (as pointed out by Dr Alex Maltman "The plywoods from Europe were initially developed mainly for use in construction).

For example, early European manufacture was focused on marine uses because the cross-grained wood was more stable when wet than directly sawn boards; this usage later evolved into furniture manufacturing once Joiner inventing gang saws enabled consistent panel cutting free of grain directionality. By contrast American plywood initially concentrated on building materials ("house construction") and later as a cheap substitute for solid wood in furniture.

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Plywood is graded according to industry standard EN623:

1996 which was adopted by ISO (ISO/DIS 344-1995) with small deviations. It classifies plywoods into four main grades or categories A, B, C and D based on the following properties:

The grade of plywood refers to its strength capacity under compression perpendicular to the layers of plies, at an agreed deflection rate of 25 mm per metre lengthwise when tested in accordance with EN 204 tests.

The first letter corresponds to "face" veneer designation from AA(A) through D(D), using IPCS international nomenclature; this defines the face veneers used for the inner plies of a plywood sandwich, and conversely allows designation of outer face veneers (the most common in furniture applications) using the letter(s) following "F" or without any additional letters.

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The second letter designates core material as follows:

A = Poplar; B = Spruce-pine-fir (SPF); C= Douglas fir; D= Larch/Laminated arborvitae lumber; E= Birch / Multi-layered hardboard panel with birch veneer on both faces. For example, 'C' indicates an inner ply made from spruce wood, which could be either Sitka spruce or white spruce depending on the availability in the marketplace.

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A plywood grade may be accepted or unaccepted.

An accepted grade is one that meets all of the product's specified physical and mechanical properties, including allowable variations within a class; this means it has been approved by an organization such as APA – The Engineered Wood Association (APA), which usually requires testing to confirm compliance with its standards. A listing on an industry-recognized specification will indicate what grades are acceptable for particular uses, based on how they meet various tests from roughness of surface finish to water resistance. For example, "MDF primed ready for paint" would not normally be suitable where there was risk of moisture exposure because MDP board does not have adequate water protection without coating.

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An unaccepted grade is one that does not meet the product's physical and mechanical properties specified by an organization such as APA, but may be used where it meets other requirements.

For example "MDF primed ready for paint" would generally only be suitable for internal use because of its low surface hardness. It may also have a higher dimensional tolerance than accepted grades to reduce manufacturing costs or allow greater flexibility in using materials from scrap heaps; this can affect how some joints fit together, particularly when different thicknesses are being joined (for instance if two sheets with nominal 19 mm thickness were glued up with 15 mm-thick panels they might shrink differently during drying).

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The IBO standard uses(E), B(C) and C(A) for face grades, and E(D), A(B), B (C) and D(E) for core grades.

The American Society of Agricultural Engineers standard uses FAS/F14-95 designations instead of the IBO numbers used by APA; it specifies three grades

instead of four from "prime" to "select."

In both cases wood veneer is defined as having at least one outer ply with an appearance similar to its intended end use. European standards typically do not use these classifications but may have a separate grade designation based on visible or concealed knots in nomenclature such as EN 13237:2002 - Lumber classification – Concealed defects.

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Heritage Plywood Ltd is a Plywood and MDF supplier in the UK.

They provide primed mdf board, plywood suppliers, wood veneer boards, mdf panels and many other products to construction companies throughout the country as well as private customers. The company has been established for over 30 years supplying premium quality materials at competitive prices.

Their website can be found here:

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MDP commonly known or referred to as "medium density particle" (MDP) is an engineered wood product with dense particles similar to particle board but unlike particle board it does not have any voids.

It is made by compressing wood chips or particles under heat and pressure in a hot press to form panels.

MDP board can be readily identified as it has an odd number of layers (typically between five and nine plies) with the sanded face grain on each layer running perpendicular to alternate layers, giving it a distinctive checkerboard appearance when cut across the end-grain.

The individual particle boards are bonded together using thermosetting resins such as phenol formaldehyde resin or urea formaldehyde, which provide good dimensional, stability but limited  resistance to moisture unless treated by sealing with suitable paint finishes . MDF primed ready for paint should only be used where there is no risk of exposure water because untreated mdf does not have adequate water protection without coating.

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An unaccepted grade is one that does not meet the product's physical and mechanical properties specified by an organization such as APA, but may be used where it meets other requirements.

For example primed mdf board would generally only be suitable for internal use because of its low surface hardness . It may also have a higher dimensional tolerance than accepted grades to reduce manufacturing costs or allow greater flexibility in using materials from scrap heaps; this can affect how some joints fit together, particularly when different thicknesses are being joined (for instance if two sheets with nominal 19 mm thickness were glued up with 15 mm-thick panels they might shrink differently during drying). The IBO standard uses(E), B(C) and C(A) for face grades, and E(D), A(B), B (C) and D(E) for core grades. T

he American Society of Agricultural Engineers standard uses FAS/F14-95 designations instead of the IBO numbers used by APA;

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it specifies three grades

instead of four from "prime" to "select." In both cases wood veneer is defined as having at least one outer ply with an appearance similar to its intended end use.

European standards typically do not use these classifications but may have a separate grade designation based on visible or concealed knots in nomenclature such as EN 13237:2002 - Lumber classification – Concealed defects

MDF primed primed ready primed primed primed primed primed primed for paint primed ready wood should only be used where there is no risk of exposure water because untreated mdf does not have adequate water protection without coating.

An unaccepted grade is one that does not meet the product's physical and mechanical properties specified by an organization such as APA, but may be used where it meets other requirements.

For example MDP would generally only be suitable for internal use because of its low surface hardness . It may also have a higher dimensional tolerance than accepted grades to reduce manufacturing costs or allow greater flexibility in using materials from scrap heaps; this can affect how some joints fit together, particularly when different thicknesses are being joined (for instance if two sheets with nominal 19 mm thick were glued up with 15 mm-thick panels they might shrink differently during drying).

The IBO standard uses(E), B (C) and C (A) for face grades, and E (D), A (B), B (C) and D(E) for core grades.

The American Society of Agricultural Engineers standard uses FAS/F14-95 designations instead of the IBO numbers used by APA; it specifies three grades instead of four from "prime" to "select." In both cases wood veneer is defined as having at least one outer ply with an appearance similar to its intended end use.

European standards typically do not use these classifications but may have a separate grade designation based on visible or concealed knots in nomenclature such as EN 13237:2002 - Lumber classification – Concealed defects.


MDF primed primed ready primed primed primed primed primed primed for paint MDP wood should only be used where there is no risk of exposure water because untreated mdf does not have adequate water protection without coating.

An unaccepted grade is one that does not meet the product's physical and mechanical properties specified by an organization such as APA, but may be used where it meets other requirements.

For example prime primer would generally only be suitable for internal use because of its low surface hardness .

It may also have a higher dimensional tolerance than accepted grades to reduce manufacturing costs or allow greater flexibility in using materials from scrap heaps;

this can affect how some joints fit together, particularly when different thicknesses are being joined (for instance if two sheets with nominal 19 mm thick were glued up with 15 mm-thick panels they might shrink differently during drying).

The IBO standard uses E , B and C for face grades, and D , E A, B and C for core grades.

The American Society of Agricultural Engineers standard uses FAS/F14-95 designations instead of the IBO numbers used by APA;

it specifies three grades instead of four from "prime" to "select." In both cases wood veneer is defined as having at least one outer ply with an appearance similar to its intended end use.

European standards typically do not use these classifications but may have a separate grade designation based on visible or concealed knots in nomenclature such as EN 13237:

2002 - Lumber classification – Concealed defects.

MDF primed primed ready primed primed primed primed primed primed for paint MDP wood should only be used where there is no risk of exposure water because untreated mdf does not have adequate water protection without coating.

An unaccepted grade is one that does not meet the product's physical and mechanical properties specified by an organization such as APA, but may be used where it meets other requirements. For example prime primer would generally only be suitable for internal use because of its low surface hardness .

It may also have a higher tolerance than accepted grades to reduce manufacturing costs or allow greater flexibility in using materials from scrap heaps;

this can affect how some joints fit together, particularly when different thicknesses are being joined (for instance if two sheets with nominal 19 mm thick were glued up with 15 mm-thick panels they might shrink differently during drying).

The IBO standard uses E , B and C for face grades, and D , A A, B and C for core grades.

The American Society of Agricultural Engineers standard uses FAS/F14-95 designations instead of the IBO numbers used by APA; it specifies three grades instead of four from "prime" to "select." In both cases wood veneer is defined as having at least one outer ply with an appearance similar to its intended end use.

European standards typically do not use these classifications but may have a separate grade designation based on visible or concealed knots in nomenclature such as EN 13237:2002 - Lumber classification – Concealed defects.

IBO face grades (from prime to select) are E , B and C .

FAS/F14-95 designations (from prime to select) are F , A and D .

European grades from rough lumber to surfaced lumber typically do not use these classifications but may have a separate grade designation based on visible or concealed knots in nomenclature.

For instance, EN 13237:

2002 - Lumber classification – Concealed defects specifies three groups of defects with five classes within each group for face wood and two classes for core wood.

Group I is the most severe related to structure;

it includes large knots that might split out completely under load so they should never be used where strength is needed. T

he only place such defective material might be acceptable would be as sheathing boards because their primary function does not depend on strength.

Group II includes smaller knots that might still split under load but have no effect on the board's structural strength or appearance.

Such defects are most often found in wetter climates because of how trees grow and their ability to compartmentalize rot (discussed below).

The best places for such material would be as hidden parts of furniture, as drawer sides where they can't be seen, even though any exposed endgrain should not be varnished or otherwise finished because it may peel off during normal use;

this is a major reason why primed surfaces were developed - primed mdf primed primed primed primed primed primed primed primed wood

The main difference between plywood and MDF boards is that all four faces of plywood will generally show visible layers while MDF boards are made from more than one layer with the top and bottom surfaces completely covered by veneer.

A secondary reason for this difference is that plywood has a more open structure because it's produced in large sheets,

so its surface can be sanded smooth before being primed or painted but MDP wood should only be used where there is no risk of exposure water because untreated mdf does not have adequate water protection without coating.

An unaccepted grade is one that does not meet the product's physical and mechanical properties specified by an organization such as APA, but may be used where it meets other requirements.

For example prime primed primed ready primed primed primed primed primed primed would generally only be suitable for internal use because of its primed primed primed primed primed primed primed prime face and core grades.

An example of an unaccepted grade is APA's B-C , which has a good appearance but does not meet the requisite strength for structural panelling;

other products might be used in its place, such as plywood or oriented strand board (OSB).

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) defines primed primed primed primed primed primed primed as "lumber or plywood in which the core material has.


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