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  • rogerjenkins
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    There is a difference between MDF and particleboard

    Here in Australia, many people cannot tell the difference between MDF, and Particle board, therefore I think that I can safely assume that THAT is a common problem the world over.
    Particle board is really quite easy to recognize,- Simply look at the edges of the sheet. You will notice it is constructed of actual particles, or chips of timber, ( usually Radiata pine here in Aust ), or some other similar common softwood in your country.
    MDF, ( Medium Density Fiberboard on the other hand is made from Sawdust and thinned-down woodglue, both of which are placed in a very high-pressure press,( about a 1,000 tons per sq.inch of pressure, or something like that), then it goes into a drying chamber, then out onto the factory floor where it is cut to size, etc.( Correct me if I am wrong here with the process, or have left a bit out ).
    Particle Board, ( also called, " Chipboard, " ) is not very strong in thicknesses under 1/2" thickness, while MDF is much stronger even in sheets down to 1/4" thickness, although BOTH are not very strong on end joints as both have a tendancy to split on the end, and the thinner the material, the worse the problem.
    Both are readily available in a variety of surface finishes, which range from the plain
    finish, to Melamine; Laminate, Timber veneer, etc., depending on the manufacturer, and the product popularity in country of manufacturer.

    Hope the above information makes sense to you, and is of some help,

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  • lkbraa
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    I agree with you Perk...my understanding is that MDF is the actual engineered wood/board. I do not consider it MDF if it has been laminated for shelving purposes, i.e. sold as shelving and not MDF. However, most of the laminated shelving is not actually MDF but particle board...IMHO a lot lesser product! I think people use the name MDF for a lot of engineered woods/products that actually are something else. So I would be cautious unless you can get the supplier to verify that the shelving material is constructed with MDF and NOT particle board.

    These shelving products can be found at most lumber stores, not in the wood section but in shelving or organization sections. Hope that helps and good luck with your project!

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  • cedarguy
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    MDF Aja medium density fiberboard is the wood. You can laminate it with melamine or laminate to make it into countertops, shelving ect.
    Cedarguy

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  • ubgoofy2003
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    I have a question about MDF. Define it. I always thought it to be sawdust & glue to whatever thickness & length. Not the laminated shelf , Melamine etc. I have seen plain MDF, just wood shelving material, the white shelving, & the sheets which are a laminate too. So, which is it ?? MDF , DUH !

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  • wood-n-things
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    I would still check your local big box store. Melamine comes in different colors typically white though for shelving.

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  • Max
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    I believe it was an oak veneer.

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  • wood-n-things
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    Was it white in color? If so I think that is called melamine and Lowes and HD have it.

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  • Max
    started a topic Where can I find laminated MDF?

    Where can I find laminated MDF?

    I saw a guy that made stand-up puzzles out of 1/2" laminated MDF. These puzzles look great. I tried doing a search but cannot find any info on it. Is it called something else?

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