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Woodworking Mistake #3: Lack of Product Knowledge – Solid wood vs MDF

All of us are pretty good at something but we can’t be great at everything. Plus, we think that we know what we want, but aren’t quite sure of the different options available to us.  And when options are presented to us, we might not fully understand what they mean.

For example, much “wood” that people use is actually not solid wood, but is basically MDF.  Now, what is MDF?  MDF stands for Medium-density fiberboard, which is an engineered wood product that is made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, often combining it with wax and resin binder, and then forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure.

While MDF has its uses, it also has some problems, particularly when there is moisture.  Because it is not hard wood, it easily absorbs moisture and can warp pretty easily; turning your flat wood product into something that isn’t at all what you wanted.

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