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MDF boards, available in four grades, and a range of standard thicknesses Suitable for a range of applications. Range varies from CaberWood MDF Trade (lighter weight MDF) for applications where less weight is a requirement, to CaberWood MDF Pro with high density for clean, smooth routing. All panels have a moisture resistant variant.

Standard product features

Properties

  • Reaction to fire (BS EN 1350-1): Class D.
  • Thermal conductivity: 0.13 W/m·K.
  • E1 low emission resin binders.

Profiling

  • Profiled edges require no edge banding or lipping.
  • Sculptured or textured effects can be machined or embossed and narrow or small door frames can be produced from a single piece of board.
  • CaberWood MDF has a smooth surface that is ideal for painting, grain printing or the application of paper foils and veneers.
  • In many respects CaberWood MDF can be treated as a high quality timber, but without the inherent defects of knots and grains.
  • Perpendicular and moulded edges can easily be finished without the need for elaborate filling or the application of adhesive bonded edging materials. This characteristic derives from the uniform density of CaberWood MDF, and the absence of core voids which would require filling.

Sanding

  • Sanding after moulding or routing produces a much smoother finish.
  • The moulded edges can be sanded with any number of different profile sanders.
  • Various polyurethane based abrasive wheels are available to fit to spindle moulders or in line with a double end tenoner. These wheels can be shaped to the cutter profile using an abrasive paper glued to the desired edge profile.

Machining

  • CaberWood MDF is a homogeneous wood fibre material ideally suited to modern machine tooling.
  • CaberWood MDF can be worked easily with all conventional woodworking machines.
  • It saws cleanly and drills easily.
  • It also shapes and routs exceptionally well, without splintering or chipping.
  • CaberWood MDF is equally suited for use with most hand tools.

Fixings

  • The internal bond strength of CaberWood MDF gives substantially better screw holding over other types of panel product.
  • Most types of screws can be used, but best results are obtained with parallel thread screws. A high overall diameter to core ratio is desirable.
  • Where other methods of fixing are not practical, CaberWood MDF can be fixed with nails. Nails should be spaced 150 mm apart to reduce the risk of splitting and at least 70 mm from the corners. Nailing the edges of 9 mm and 12 mm CaberWood MDF is NOT recommended because of the risk of splitting.
  • CaberWood MDF can also be fixed using staples. For best results staples should not be inserted closer than 12 mm from the edges and 25 mm from the corners. This fixing method is only recommended for applications involving light loads. Close spacing of the staples is acceptable but the legs should be aligned at an angle of 15° to the plane of the board.

Dowel joints

  • Dowels with multiple longitudinal or spiral groove patterns ensure uniform adhesive spread within the joint. Smooth dowels are not recommended.
  • For best results, dowels should be given a total glue coverage.
  • Adhesives such as Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA) or Urea Formaldehyde are preferred as they have good gap filling properties, and their high solid content counteracts absorption of adhesive into the machined edges of CaberWood MDF.

Wood veneering and applied foil and paper finishes

  • The smooth surface of CaberWood MDF provides a suitable substrate for the application of wood veneers and a variety of foil and paper finishes.
  • Facing and backing veneers must have approximately equal thickness and moisture content to ensure flatness.

Decorative finishes

  • The natural appearance of the MDF surface can be enhanced using a transparent stain with a clear lacquer topcoat. High gloss or matt finishes can be achieved.
  • The selection of the finishing system, on the basis of chemical type will depend on the scale of production, application equipment, drying facilities and the expected performance of the finish in relation to the conditions of use.
  • Modern combined systems are possible, e.g. UV sealers, basecoats and AC (acid catalysed) topcoat.

Options

Grade:

- CaberWood Industrial MDF:

  • Offers a high level of performance when being used with wood-working tools.
  • Excellent machining characteristics.
  • Provides outstanding surface for paint finishes.
  • Typically used for bedroom and kitchen doors and where a high gloss PVC finish is required.
  • Available in two grades: Deep Rout and Deep Route Excel.
  • Thickness: Made to order.

- CaberWood MDF Pro:

  • High internal bond strength.
  • Excellent surface properties and consistent quality.
  • Suitable for all types of machining and surface finishing.
  • High internal bond strength.
  • Superior holding of screws and fasteners.
  • Thickness: 6–38 mm.

- CaberWood MDF Pro MR/ CaberWood MDF Trade MR:

  • Designed for interior applications that may be subject to occasional wetting or exposure to humidity, such as kitchen and bathroom furniture, window sills, skirting boards and door architraves.
  • All the benefits of CaberWood MDF non-MR variants.
  • Thickness: 6–30 mm.

- CaberWood MDF Trade:

  • 20% lighter in weight than CaberWood MDF Pro.
  • Designed for applications where weight is a design requirement, such as shopfitting.
  • Thickness: 12–25 mm.

NBS Specification

NBS Create logo
This product is associated with the following NBS Create clause:
45-45-95/460 Medium-density fibreboard

Product specification

An important note about specifying

Manufacturer

Name:

Norbord Europe Ltd

Tel:

+44 (0)1786 812921

Product reference

CaberWood MDF

Grade

[CaberWood Industrial MDF]
[CaberWood MDF Pro]
[CaberWood MDF Pro MR]
[CaberWood MDF Trade]
[CaberWood MDF Trade MR]

Thickness

[6 mm]
[8 mm]
[9 mm]
[12 mm]
[15 mm]
[16 mm]
[18 mm]
[19 mm]
[22 mm]
[25 mm]
[30 mm]
[36 mm]
[38 mm]

Size

[1220 x 2440 mm]
[1220 x 2745 mm]
[1220 x 3050 mm]
[1220 x 3660 mm]
[1525 x 2440 mm]
[1830 x 2440 mm]

Manufacturer details

Station Road,
Cowie,
Scotland, FK7 7BQ
Tel +44 (0)1786 812921
Fax +44 (0)1786 817143
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