Wood fibers and resin are warmth compressed into sheets to make what’s called MDF, or medium-density fiberboard. Similar to particleboard, dense MDF panels are the most affordable alternative to solid wood sheets for many types of construction.
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The top of this laundry sorter is made of MDF.
MDF is usually less expensive than solid wood but when painted, looks much like smooth wood, minus the grain pattern.
Laminating machines may add a high-gloss vinyl, foil or a wood veneer to MDF, developing a variety of finishes.
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MDF is cut like wood but doesn’t have the crisp edges. Typically this difference is not even visible.