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Choosing Between Plywood, Hardboard, MDF and Particleboard for Your Projects
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Plywood, MDF and melamine sheet goods Bill Hylton likes to use pre-finished plywood for many projects because it is tough, yet liter than most other sheet good products.

Sheet goods — plywood, hardboard, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard — are made in staggering variety. If you shop exclusively at a home center, you might not realize how many options there are, and you certainly won’t get material suitable for your kitchen cabinet.

Instead, look in the Yellow Pages under “Plywood & Veneers — Wholesale and Manufacturers.” Or search online; woodfinder.com is a good site that can direct you to a plywood wholesaler in your area.

White melamine particle board or MCP Melamine is durable, easily washable, and can be purchased in several different colors or a simple white.

The most popular choices are surely plywood and melamine-coated particleboard, better known as MCP or simply melamine.

MCP is popular because its cost is lower than plywood’s and it has a smooth, washable surface.You don’t have to apply a finish. White is the color you see at a home center, but a wholesaler will have a full pallet of colors. The drawbacks are the weight of the stuff (it is very heavy) and the coarseness of its particleboard core.

posted on April 1, 2008 by Bill Hylton
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