Veneered Board Cutting Guide
Veneered boards could be handled either at home with a saw or using a machine for a factory setting. Here are a few steps to guide you on cutting veneered medium density fibreboard using a veneer saw:
1. Use a backing board to secure the workbench. This will ensure there will be no damage to the workbench surface.
2. Hold the board in place. Then choose a cutline and mark both sides lightly using a marker or knife. Remember it is vital to cut against the grain of the wood. Also, cut the veneer from the edges on both sides towards the centre.
3. Next, use the saw blade to cut a quarter inch into the surface on one side. This helps create a clean edge on one side while preventing a tear.
4. Raise the blade’s cut depth such that the gullets are one inch above the surface. Cut the upper side; be careful due to the kickback as the blade is way higher.
Quick steps on how to rip using a veneer saw
On the other hand, one may decide to rip using the veneer saw, here’s how to go about it;
Unlike crosscutting, in ripping one doesn’t have to cut from the edges towards the centre. The edge won’t split while ripping. The biggest task while ripping is keeping the saw from pulling away from the straight line edge. Watch out for soft areas and hard areas that may cause the saw to skip over the edge.
Using a router for cutting a veneered medium density fibreboard
A router is likely to cut the board with a smoother finish. When utilising the router, it is safer to first cut out a slightly larger veneer board than your estimated requirement. Next, while using the router trim the board to your preferred correct size that you require. For a straight line, it is advisable to use a jig or a router table for a perfect cut.
Veneered MDF Board FAQs
There is quite a lot of confusion amongst people about MDF. It is claimed that MDF is cheap (and thus, by implication, nasty), and that it contains toxins, that it is weaker than ‘real’ wood and will therefore break. These are almost all completely wrong: the only point with any truth is that MDF tends to be an affordable option when it comes to any project that traditionally required the use of solid wood.
What Are Veneered Boards?
Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is made from wood fibres bound together with a synthetic ‘glue’. The fibres and the resin are mixed and then extruded in wide, long sheets before being pressed to about one-fortieth of their original height. This pressing process both strengthens the boards and ensures that there are no flaws or air-bubbles in the finished product. Veneered boards are a solid hardwood alternative with a wide range of uses. Veneered MDF boards are suitable for projects ranging from furniture manufacture, shop fittings, interior fittings and wall panelling.With creative slicing and jointing techniques, veneered boards offer diverse applications.
What Are the Differences Between Cuts?
Veneers come in two standard cuts, according to how the layer is sliced from the original piece of wood. Quarter cut veneers are produced by cutting at 90 degrees against the tree’s growth rings, giving a fairly uniform straight grain effect. To see an example, have a look at our Quarter Cut Sapelle MDF.
Crown cut veneers are produced by cutting straight across the centre of the log. This leads to an attractive pattern of crown-like whorls, like the ones you can see on our Crown Cut Sapelle MDF.
Most Oak Veneered MDF boards have crown cut on the face and quarter cut on the reverse, but if you are interested in our oak veneer MDF, we can supply boards with quarter cut on both sides. Please let us know if that’s something you require.
What is MDF used for?
MDF is a real wood substitute and can be used for almost everything that can be made from solid wood. If the product is going to be subject to heavy use, it might be better to use HDF (High Density Fibreboard) as that is even stronger, but most wood needs are easily and competently met by plain or veneered MDF board. Some examples include:
- Internal doors
- Cabinetry such as fitted kitchen or bedroom cupboards
- Wall panels
Is MDF Toxic?
Formaldehyde is a natural product, an organic chemical, found in people, animals, plants and even in some foods. Formaldehyde is also a volatile compound which has been found to be carcinogenic – which means it can cause, or exacerbate the risk of getting, cancer. Formaldehyde is used in many processes, the best known of which is its use as a preservative for tissues which has seen it used for embalming and specimen-storage purposes. It is also used to help the resin and the wood fibres bind together in MDF.
When MDF is cut into shelves, doors and so on, there is a small chance that formaldehyde can be released (along with wood dust and other particulate matter that make the wearing of PPE a necessity). Because of this, there have been some cases where people have claimed they were poisoned by their MDF products, but under current regulations, the amount of formaldehyde released should not be enough to cause medical issues. Extensive testing in the cases cited above, found that the levels of formaldehyde were within acceptable and legal limits.
Veneered boards are an affordable and sturdy option for anyone who wants to refit the interior of their home, for businesses that want to create affordable and attractive furniture, and for anyone who wants the appearance and durability of wood without the expense and environmental implications of using real hardwood products. If you are looking for quality MDF within the Greater Manchester and North West, UK areas, Theo’s Timbers Ltd has just want you need.
Theos Timber is the ideal provider of veneered medium density fibre boards. We are a Manchester based wholesaler who takes pride in providing quality products and services at customer friendly prices. Theo’s provides a wide range of products and services to suit all your projects. We would love to add you to the list of our happy clients. Contact us today for bespoke timber solutions. Call us on 0161 834 6789 with any enquiries or email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.