|Review by Lee A. Jesberger||posted 04-13-2008 06:16 PM||5800 views||4 times favorited||39 comments|
I thought it would be nice to post new products or materials, or little know products and materials, that are a great asset to us woodworkers.
This first product is made by Norboard, out of Canada. Their website is: http://www.norbord.com
Their 800 number is: 1-800-850-8061
Here’s some information on the company and also may help to locate a distributer in your area.
Norbord Inc. is an international producer of wood-based panels with assets of $1.5 billion. We have 15 plant locations in the United States, Europe and Canada. We are one of the world’s largest producers of oriented strand board (OSB).
In addition to OSB, we manufacture particleboard, medium density fibreboard (MDF), hardwood plywood and related value-added products.
Based in Toronto, Canada
Common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NBD:TSX)
Number of employees: 2,700
- 11 OSB mills
- 2 MDF (medium density fibreboard) plants
- 3 particleboard plants
- 1 specialty plywood mill
- 1 furniture plant
This particular product is a combination of plywood, with an aspen core, (a fast growing harvestable resource). covered on doth side with a layer of 1’8” M.D.F.
One of the main down sides to M.D.F. is the lack of screw holding power.
The second is the extreme weight of M.D.F. I believe a 4’ x 8’ sheet is about 90 pounds.
This product is about 25% lighter than standard M.D.F., which in itself is a good reason to use it.
The second advantage to it is the increased screw holding ability.
It is a very stable product, perfect for applications where inexpensive sheet goods are desirable, but quality is of major importance.
For me, a huge appeal to it it the fact it is extremely smooth. A perfect choice for a project to be veneered.
Although somewhat more expensive than standard M.D.F., the advantages make this a somewhat mute point.
Cost for a 4’ x 8’ sheet is about $ 68.00 compared to about $ 45.00 for standard M.D.F.
In addition to being perfect for veneering, it machines well, and can take a solid finish, such as colored lacquer or paint extremely well.
Certainly a product worth knowing about for your woodworking adventures.
Hope this helps.