middle density fibreboard, smooth/smooth, solid black colour
The black solid-coloured MDF, which has the same basic properties as the standard uncoated MDF, is also a very interesting material for model making. When coated with clear varnish its surface acquires an especially deep tone but still does not lose its woody appearance.
The production process can be the source of variations in the colours of the individual sheets. Even sheets with different thicknesses (10, 16 and 19 mm) can have different black or anthracite tones respectively.
The MDF panel (medium density fibreboard) is a medium hard fibre-type board with a high-density surface. It is produced with coniferous woods that have been decorticated (bark removed) and that is why it has a relatively light colour. Interesting fact: to produce a 16 mm thick panel, pressed-fibre mats that when stacked are close to one metre thick must be pressed together.
The flexural strength of MDF board is almost twice as great as that of basic wooden particle board. This makes MDF a much more reasonably priced and easier to use material for making furniture and for interior finish work. The only downside is its relatively high weight; one square metre of 16 mm MDF with a base film weighs about 11.64 kg, the 19 mm version about 13.82 kg. Its uniform and smooth surface has a nice appearance whether raw or clear varnished, an attribute that makes it very interesting as a architectural modelling construction material.
Working with MDF is done using the usual tools and machines that are used for all solid woods. One particular attribute of this material that should be mentioned is how it takes to being milled. It is recommended that all machining work should be done using carbide tipped tools because the high density of the panels contributes to an increased wear and tear. The panels can be varnished directly without any problem.
MDF, black, solid-coloured, custom cutting
Custom sizes of MDF and HDF boards are not available by delivery. Both materials have very high raw densities so that packages quickly become extremely heavy as well as large. This weight and size and the danger of damage during delivery meant that the handling process was extremely complex and it was also necessary to ship per forwarding agency. The resultant cost became too high to be attractive for our customers. However, both materials, including in custom sizes, are still available at our store in Berlin.
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