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Creative Ways to Use MDF

  • August 19, 2019
  • by Columbia Forest Products

Did you know people have been using MDF since the 1920s? That’s right, the versatile material goes back almost 100 years and lends itself well to upgrading any room on any budget. Let’s start with the basics. MDF (​Medium Density Fiberboard​) is made by compressing fibers from refining wood chips and sawdust. It’s processed with […]

The History of MDF: Where It Came From and How It’s Made

  • July 8, 2019
  • by Columbia Forest Products

Medium-density fiberboard (or MDF) is a type of composite wood panel that woodworkers, builders, DIYers and architects have been using for decades. It’s found in cabinetry, furniture design and decorative trim across the world. But you might not realize that the ancestor of MDF was first “discovered” through a laboratory glitch. A Happy Accident and […]

A Complete Guide to Choosing Plywood

  • July 2, 2019
  • by Columbia Forest Products

Plywood is a staple material for professional builders, architects, designers and DIYers alike. These versatile panels are used for a number of different projects, from wall sheathing, roofing, and sub-flooring, to cabinetry and furniture. Plywood is readily available at local retail stores and specialty wholesalers, with most offering a wide selection. Types of Plywood Gaining […]

Opportunities and Innovations at This Year’s AWFS®Fair

  • June 28, 2019
  • by Columbia Forest Products

Woodworkers and builders that want to stay ahead in their business know that industry events can be an advantage when it comes to moving forward. They’ll stay informed about construction, design and management trends and have the opportunity to learn about new products. Using some of the newest, most innovative products in the industry can […]