MDF and Your Next Project
What exactly is MDF?
Is Medium Density Fibreboard the same thing?
MDF is an acronym for medium density fibreboard. It is made from compressed pine and it is commonly used for shelving, cabinets and as a paint surface. We stock MDF in 4′ x 8′ sheets with thicknesses of 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″. It is important to know that there are two types of MDF that are used almost interchangeably, normal and ultralight. Both are considered to have the same strength but ultralight is, well, lighter.
MDF is commonly used in DIY projects even though it is not considered to be a strong material if you need something to hold a lot of weight. In those cases, we suggest you use plywood.
When working with MDF boards, it is important to know that it is paintable but not stainable. For shelving purposes, it can be edge taped. While many people do screw it together, we recommend that you also use glue when screwing it together so it holds better.
MDF is one of the materials that we carry that we are able to custom cut to size.