Used by industry specialists and anyone with a DIY project in mind, MDF sheeting can provide a beautiful finish to any project. When shopping for wood online it can be difficult to get a feel for the wood you're after, and with varying sizes and types of MDF sheeting available it can be somewhat mind boggling. MDF sheeting can provide you with the the most beautiful foundations for any wood project and knowing what you're buying beforehand will help you massively. Our FAQ on MDF sheeting will provide you with all the answers you ever wanted to know to help you purchase the right sheeting, and most importantly handle it with care!
Medium Density Fiberboard MDF is an engineered wood product which is constructed by bonding standard MDF and two thin veneers of quality hardwood's. It is then usually combined with wax and a resin binder which helps to form these beautiful panels of wood. MDF is generally denser than plywood and as well as being inexpensive and durable it becomes the main choice for most peoples carpentry or wood work projects. However, MDF is also great used on decorative projects.
Cut to size MDF sheeting is incredibly useful for a number of reasons - buying full sheets can make heavy work for yourself as a full sheet can weigh in at a whopping 100lbs!! Therefore, it's recommended to purchase a half or quarter sheets instead of a full sheet. As a supplier of MDF sheeting we recognise these common issues and as a result all of our sheeting is cut to your specified size at no extra cost. Cutting it into manageable sizes makes your projects run that bit smoother.
Despite being stronger than most woods, MDF has incredibly soft inner layers so the corners of the wood can easily be crushed if it's not handled with care. Scratches can also stick out like a sore thumb so wearing gloves when handling MDF is recommended. Because of this, transportation of wood can be a worry for people as it can be easily damaged in transit, but here at Woodshop Direct we pride ourselves on packaging and transporting the wood carefully to prevent any damage. This is only achieved by our skilled in house machinists and the quality control the wood goes through before despatch.
Once you've chosen your selected MDF sheeting there's a few things you need to know about this wood before you start working with it on any project. Water kills MDF - due to their soft inner layers they are not able to withstand liquid and it will quickly absorb any water based product in their path. If this happens to your MDF it will cause itself to swell to twice its original thickness rendering it unusable. Therefore, think carefully where your finished item will be put, windows and baseboards are prone to condensation so these areas should be avoided at all costs. It's also handy to note that it's probably best you don't use a hammer with your MDF. Unless you're willing to drill a hole for every nail it's not advisable. Without a hole the nail will undoubtedly bend half way through which will ruin the overall finish off your wood. In times like these a trim nailer will shoot nails through MDF each time successfully and smoothly which will make your work a lot quicker and easier!
Once you know how to handle MDF sheeting accordingly you'll be able to create some stunning masterpieces, be it shelving or for storage cabinets. We can help you every step of the way with your MDF project, and as previously mentioned all of our sheeting is cut to size and delivered straight to your home. Whether it's Veneered American Black Walnut or Crown Cut Oak MDF we will have something suitable for your project. You can shop our full range of veneered MDF sheeting here. If you have any further tips for working with MDF sheeting, do let us know on our Facebook page, Twitter and/or Google+.