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- Below are some of the many different types of timber available to us, and some of the advantages, disadvantages and applications of each:
- Standard MDF - we use Medite MDF, which is a European brand of higher quality than non-branded types
- MRMDF - moisture-resistant MDF is the best to use if the finished product will be in a moist environment such as a bathroom. If your project will be powder coated, it is best to use MRMDF as this gives a better finish.
- Veneered MDF - these boards are MDF with a thin veneer of different types of wood applied to the face. This gives the appearance of solid wood but at a reduced cost and an enlarged scope for application: veneers can be sliced in different ways for different decorative effects while the base material maintains shape and strength. We use veneered boards most often when producing furniture.
- Melamine and Laminates - much like Veneered MDF, these are MDF or chipboard with a thin melamine or laminate face. These boards provide a hard, pre-finished surface, easy to maintain and in a range of colours and finishes to suit any design requirement. Extremely hard-wearing, these are ideal for furniture.
- Plywood is made from thin layers (plies) of wood veneer that have been glued together with the grain rotated up to 90 degrees between adjacent layers. This makes it resistant to cracking, shrinking and twisting/warping, and gives it a high degree of strength. Birch plywood is used in a range of special applications, from high-end speakers to playground equipment.
- Marine Grade Plywood - as the name suggests, this is plywood that has been specially manufactured for high moisture environments. The veneers are of higher quality and there are fewer core gaps, limiting the amount of moisture that can collect in the voids. Commonly used in boat building.
- Solid Timber - there are times when only solid wood will do the job, and if you are producing an intricately-shaped furniture leg or routing a relief design, solid timber is the way to go.