PRODUCTS GLOSSARY (Definitions & Applications)
Barro Board/MDF Core:
Medium Density Fiberboard is manufactured from pressure-cooked
wood chips which are broken down into fibers and combined
with resin and wax and pressed into panels. The compressed
fibers make it very dense. It is an inexpensive alternative
to plywood, used in many applications ie. cabinets,
shelving, substrate for laminate and for interior use
only. However, it is much heavier than plywood (95lbs
for 3⁄4” 4' x 8' panels) and has inferior
screw holding capabilities compared to standard veneer
core plywood. If it gets wet it may swell. The MDF core
plywood has outstanding surface smoothness that prevents
grain telegraphing. It is true to size. Edges can be
routed into many different profiles. (For exterior fiberboard
Liner: Simpson cabinet liner is ready-to-use
polyester resin overlaid fir plywood panel designed
for case and shelving application in cabinetry, fixtures
and furniture. It is an excellent choice for doing interior
shelves. Much better screw holding capacity and stays
flatter than particle-board core (available in white
1/8" corkboard on top of homasote.
Tempered masonite (compressed pressed wood) hard throughout
entire board. All that we carry is perforated (peg-board).
100/100 (concrete form): Exterior fir plywood
with a high-density overlay that gives the most durable,
reliable concrete forming finish on the market. Releases
from the concrete cleanly and easily. Can be used for
Used in place of plywood for carpet underlayment, partitions,
sidewall sheeting, signs and tack boards. It is composed
of compressed cardboard, without any knots, voids or
splinters. Available in 1⁄2” thickness only.
Ultra: Double refined medium density fiberboard.
This product is more heavily machined to provide a more
consistent cut (it has the same consistency through
the entire piece) this is ideal for raised panel work
where you would see the side profile. Edges can be routed
into many different profiles.
Exterior MDF that will work well in applications
where moisture is a concern. It can be used in the following
non-structural applications; countertops, baseboard
and decorative cap mouldings, windowsills, display cases,
lawn ornaments, raised panel inserts, garage door panels
and display exhibits. Medex is recommended for use in;
schools, museums, day care centers, medical & dental
facilities, retirement homes, laboratories and toys.
It is formaldehyde free.
Thermal fused paper on particleboard (white, almond,
grey or black) Inexpensive alternative to plywood for
shelving and cabinet making. However it does not have
the screw holding capabilities of standard veneer core
plywood or cabinet liner.
Board: Constructed from wood particles being
blended with resin and wax and pressed into panels.
It does not machine as well as medium MDF or veneer
core plywood and is also rather heavy (approximately
95lbs per 3⁄4” 4' x 8' panel). It is less
expensive alternative to veneer core and MDF. Used for
countertop underlayment because of the price and the
availability in various sizes.
Exterior siding (4”, 8” and 12” on-center).
Used for exterior applications such as siding, barns
Ultralight: Medium Density Fiberboard
that is ideal for lightweight projects such as mouldings,
picture frames, suspended ceilings, indoor paneling,
etc. This is 30% lighter in weight than standard MDF
and less dense because more air is utilized in the manufacturing
process and it puts less wear on machines and tools.
Manufactured with Radiata Pine. A possible drawback
may be fuzzy edges due to machining (in comparison to
standard MDF or Ultra). Sold in metric sizes. Available
in 12mm (1/2”) to 38mm (1-1/2”).
Industrial Plywood, Inc.