Birchland Plywood-Veneer offers a variety of core products suitable for many applications;
Particle Board, also known as chipboard, is an engineered wood product. It is manufactured from wood particles such as wood chips, shavings, or even saw dust. A synthetic resin or other suitable bonding agent is combined with the particles to create the product. Particle board is more uniform and denser than typical wood or plywood.
Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF) is similar to Particle Board in that it is created from small wood particles, pressed together with wax and a binding agent through high temperature and pressure to form sheets. MDF however has a typical density of 600-800 kg/m³.
Made with alternating veneer inner plies. In North America, the innerply species are usually softwood (Fir or Pine) on the west coast and poplar or aspen on the east coast. Veneer core panels are relatively light in comparison with composite panels, typically weighing about 70 lbs. per 3/4" panel. Veneer core offers great strength and stability with better spanning properties than either PBC or MDF. Veneer core does have a wider variance in thickness in comparison with highly engineered PBC or MDF.