Modern Materials

ParticJeboard (PB) and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) have become popular as a cabinet-making material in the commercial casework-industry and are now being accepted by the hobbyist woodworker. Some of you may have tried these composite boards when they were first introduced and may have been disappointed. But today's products are far superior to the early offerings.

Low-cost sheet material, though available, isn't a good value for your money and should be avoided. Ask for cabinet-grade products and pay a little more to get high-quality material. Most often, it's only a few dollars more per sheet, but it's well worth the money. For example, melamine parti-cleboard (MPB) is graded 100, 120 or 140 for cabinet construction. You can make a lot of furniture from one sheet of MPB, so a few extra dollars isn't a major issue.

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