Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into woodfibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser than plywood. It is made up of separated fibres, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much denser than particle board.
• Is an excellent substrate for veneers.
• Some varieties are less expensive than many natural woods
• Isotropic (its properties are the same in all directions as a result of having no grain), so no tendency to split
• Consistent in strength and size
• Shapes well.
• Stable dimensions (won’t expand or contract like wood)
• Easy to finish (i.e., paint)
MDF is often used in school projects because of its flexibility. Slatwall Panels made from MDF are used in the shop fitting industry. MDF is primarily used for internal use applications due to its poor moisture resistance. it is available in raw form with fine sanded surface or with decorative overlay.
MDF is also usable for furniture such as cabinets, because of its strong surface.