MDF - Natural

0.125 inches 0.251 inches

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What is it

A particle board consisting of fine wood fibres pressed into a panel with the addition of resin and wax.

MDF has a thickness tolerance of +/-10% the stated material thickness.

Orders using this material generally ship in 1-2 weeks. Find out more.


Design notes

MDF has a smooth sanded finish that is a pale brown color.

Typical uses

MDF is typically used joinery and furniture applications.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Construction adhesives will bond boards well. Follow the adhesive manufacturer's instructions for application processes. Screw joints should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting.

Tips from other designers

ResonantFish says:

I've used simple Elmer's white glue to attach pieces of MDF to each other on both surfaces and edges, and it works amazingly.

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edslifedaily says:

If you want to bond your MDF, use Gorilla Glue.

It works best if you wet the edges slightly with a damp rag or sponge before applying the GG. Beware of expansion, Gorilla Glue will expand in volume 3x!

So get it wet, glue it, and then clamp it down and forget it. In a few hours you'll have a permanent adhesion.

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I would like to work with balsa wood, its a very nice material and very useful and unique for some aplications.

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mrjudkins says:

Thanks Bravos team - we're looking at adding balsa next year. Cheers!

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Question - Are there any opinions about .251" natural MDF vs. .217" glossy hardboard in terms of strength? (And if there's a better place to ask, please let me know.)

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madebydan says:

Hardboard would be stronger as it is a higher density board.

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