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Which of Norbord’s CaberWood MDF varieties should I use? - Builders' Questions Answered
06 July 2020

What’s the difference between CaberWood MDF Pro and CaberWood MDF Trade?
In essence, CaberWood MDF Pro is denser and ideal for routing.  CaberWood MDF Trade is a lighter board, suitable where weight is a requirement.

Where, typically, should CaberWood MDF Trade be used?
It’s suitable for all applications that require a lighter board such as furniture, shopfitting, caravans and exhibition stands.

Is the Pro board suitable for routing?
Yes!  It’s ideal for routing thanks to its consistent density, high quality fibres and internal bond strength.  This also makes for excellent screw and fastening holding.

What grade of MDF is suitable for furniture making?
Both can be used depending on requirements.  For basic, lightweight furniture, CaberWood MDF Trade is recommended.  For furniture intended to be routed and shaped, CaberWood MDF Pro is suggested.

How long should CaberWood MDF Pro be conditioned before installing?
As with all our MDF and wood panel product, we advise approximately 48 hours.

Does MDF need to be sealed or primed before painting?
We recommend an undercoat is used on CaberWood MDF when painting.  Oil-based paints will perform best with MDF.

Why is the moisture resistant MDF green?
A green dye is used as a means of quickly distinguishing moisture resistant MDF from non-MR variants.

Why are MR (moisture resistant) boards considered better for cutting?
The physical properties of Pro MR are higher than other grades.  This makes it better for cutting and machining.

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