WOOD BASED PANELS
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Our team of Managers works with wood-based panels for more than 20 years, and detains a worldwide network of suppliers that suits you at your convenience. We offer you: chipboard, MDF, HB, OSB, melamine boards, veneer boards and lacquered boards.
Particleboard (known also as chipboard) is cheaper, with more density and more uniformity than conventional wood and is substituted for them when appearance and strength are less important than cost.
Particleboard presents some advantages when it comes to constructing the cabinet box and shelves. For example, it is well suited for attaching cabinet door hinges to the sides of frameless cabinets.
Different grades of particleboard have different densities, with higher density connoting greater strength and greater resistance to failure of screw fasteners.
If you want a cheap solution for furniture, doors, and other applications that does not require routering, you should use particleboard-based panels: raw particleboard, melamine particleboard, veneer particleboard, etc.
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is inexpensive, durable, and a good choice for many woodworking and carpentry projects. MDF is a type of engineered wood product that is made out of wood fibers, and heavily used in the furniture industry. For pieces that will be visible, a melamine paper, a veneer or a layer of lacquer is often applied onto fiberboard to give it the appearance of conventional wood.
There are a number of reasons why MDF may be used instead of plywood or chipboard. It is dense, flat, stiff, has no knots and is easily machined. Because it is made up of fine particles it does not have an easily recognizable surface grain, MDF can be painted to produce a smooth quality surface.
Because MDF has no grain it can be cut, drilled, machined and filled without damaging the surface. MDF may be dowelled together and traditional woodwork joints may even be cut. MDF may be glued together with PVA wood glue. Oil, water-based paints and varnishes may be used on MDF. Veneers and laminates may also be used to finish MDF.
MDF has better moisture absorption characteristics than timber. The Fire resistance of MDF is also better than that of timber.
Although attractive enough in its raw form MDF is usually coated with a melamine paper, which can provide a full palette of colors and artificial wood veneers. True wood veneers, other plastics, paints and aluminium will all adhere to MDF.
Melamine is a thermally fused paper coating laminated in a particleboard or MDF board to provide a durable hard surface. Great for making cabinet carcasses because it wipes clean easily. Use it, as well, for shop fixtures or to make an economical router-table top. Melamine is resistant to scratches, chemicals and staining.
The choice of colors, patterns, textures and gloss levels is almost unlimited. The range is widened still further when combined with different size and core type possibilities.
• Great for making cabinet carcases. It is inexpensive too.
• Melamine is a highly durable product.
• It is easy to maintain and clean.
• Great also for cabinet liners, desk tops, furniture, closet, store fixtures, etc.
• Ideal for cabinets, desk tops, closets, store fixtures, furniture and more.
• Resistant to scratches, chemicals and staining.
Hardboard is a type of fiberboard, which is an engineered wood product.
It is similar to medium-density fiberboard, but is denser and much stronger. It differs from particleboard and MDF in that the bonding of the wood fibers requires no additional materials. The hardboard variety is made without resin.
Hardboard is a product that fulfills low-cost furniture applications that requires a thin product with very good surface for lacquering. Hardboard is also popular for use in the packaging, shoe and automotive industry.
Oriented strand board (OSB), is an engineered wood particle board formed by adding adhesives and then compressing layers of wood strands (flakes) in specific orientations.
OSB is a material with high mechanical properties that make it particularly suitable for load-bearing applications in construction. The most common uses are as sheathing in walls, flooring, and roof decking. For exterior wall applications, panels are available with a radiant-barrier layer pre-laminated to one side; this eases installation and increases energy performance of the building envelope. OSB also sees some use in furniture production.
OSB2 is a precision-engineered board for structural use in load-bearing dry conditions. It is a versatile alternative to plywood, it is ideal for a variety of uses from temporary fencing (site hoarding) to display stands, and sheds to shelving.
OSB3 is a precision-engineered structural board for use in load-bearing humid conditions. OSB3 is suitable for: timber frame housing; flat and pitched roofs; wall sheathing; flooring; portable buildings; caravans; and agricultural buildings.