i was wondering about weight and product availability.
Quite popular in FLA. The last time I installed it was in large quantities was FLA. Orlando , Kissimmee at an upscale Marriot. If you've ever humped a piece of 1 inch MDF 4 x 8, anything after that is like lifting a feather.
I like the nice thick face veneer.
How is the flatness compared to the various sheet products available?
any moisture issues?
Every piece cut for some reason remains dead flat and straight, no bowing . Naturally moisture resistant, probably why they make cutting boards out of it. the only draw back is the slivers, shear agony. There like the size of a hair and almost impossible to find.
new york new york wrote:
what about MDF and "fine furniture"?
What's your definition of fine furniture?
Some think the use of MDF lowers the quality of the piece and the craft in general. I disagree. I view MDF as a canvas in which to decorate , be it with complex veneer lay ups or polyester or faux finishes.
that beats me. I have issues with terms like "fine" furniture, "museum quality" furniture, "fine" woodworking, etc...
I use ply or mdf as substrate, and totally agree with you; but I see the furniture as "dressed up" in veneer instead of "painted over" (as you said canvas), but the core idea is the same
new york new york wrote:
It's a good idea to hit it with a toothing blade prior to veneering over
why?? modern glues are not gap filling and a very thin layer of glue is
the best thing for a solid glue up, unless you fear the joint
to be starved due to pressure.
bamboo ply.jpg looks a lot like "lumbercore" (or "latté" in French)
the stuff one would use or expect in "fine" furniture
(but not a lot are willing to pay for the extra work...)
the cons of MDF is that it is a bit "heavy" (dense), really abrasive (hello carbide tools) and produces ultra fine dust, what about PlyBoo?
Agreed, its fabricated in the same manner as lumber core, but the core pieces are a lot smaller which I believe is what makes it so stable. Lumber core is 90% core and 10% faces and back, this stuff is almost divided in thirds, the core being just a wee bit thicker. Toothing just provides more glue surface and its a habit when solids are involved. The fibers are very tight and the face is dense so the thought is to provide the glue to at least penetrate the surface.
Almost zero formaldehyde. Glue used is Urea 2.
Won't be long before Greenpeace gets involved claiming were killing off the panda bear and the cost will triple.