Wood Types and Uses for Doors and Trim
most of us know 2 things about wood trim, there wood types and uses for natural wood and MDF. It’s always nice to have real wood for trim in your home if you can afford it. There are some pros and cons about natural wood versus MDF.
From an installation standpoint there are reasons why you would want to use natural boards as opposed to using MDF. MDF is made out of sawdust or small wood particles and glue/resins to bonded together making a solid board or sheet of wood. MDF does not have the same amount of give as wood does. When you drive a nail through MDF the volume the nail displaces doesn’t get absorbed by the surrounding area if you are dealing in a thin piece. It just splits open whereas when you are using natural real wood ,the wood allows the nail to go through without splitting open a crack.
this means that working with MDF will be slower if you have to work around places that you know the wood is going to crack. When you’re running across a situation like this what you have to do is you have to predrill for the nail so that the nail will not expend the the edge of the board and crack.
When working with wood types and uses you’ll find that paneling is excellent for using MDF.
When Working with board types and uses
The safety issues with working with and cutting MDF may cause you to think about using real wood. “When you work with MDF, the dust you release also contains this formaldehyde, which you may end up breathing. So is that really that bad? The short answer is “yes, with a but”, while the long answer is “no, with an if”. Like any other substance or material used in a props shop, the safety of using it is dependent on knowing the risks and possible hazards and taking the appropriate precautions. After all, people can safely work with plutonium if their shop is set up correctly and they wear the appropriate gear.”
So is wood always the best material? This is a question we’re frequently asked and you may be surprised that the answer is “Not necessarily.”Solid wood has many benefits; it’s strong, sturdy and beautiful in its grain. However, solid wood contracts when subjected to changes in heat and humidity. Unless these conditions are carefully controlled, cabinets, doors or paneling made from solid wood can shrink, crack or buckle.Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a high grade, composite material that performs better than solid wood in many areas. Made from recycled wood fibers and resin, MDF is machine dried and pressed to produce dense, stable sheets.MDF is more stable than solid wood and stands up better to changes in heat and humidity. Solid wood boards typically expand and contract both horizontally and vertically when temperatures and humidity rise and fall. Because of this, cabinets, doors and paneling made from solid wood require a high level of care and maintenance.
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