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What is MDF?

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4.6 MDF for Dummies [IDB]
Since MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is used so frequently in building subwoofer enclosures and other projects, this section provides some more detailed information.

4.6.1 What is MDF? [PS]
MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is a hardboard product comprised of hot compressed wood fibers glued together. The color of this material can vary from light to dark brown depending on the brand of manufacturer. Particle Board or Flakeboard consist mostly of recycled wood chips. The size of the wood chips used varies which means that the coarser the wood chips reduces the structural density of the material.

4.6.2 Where can I get MDF? [PS]
Wholesale distributors of lumber products. Home Improvement Centers, such as Home Depot or Home Base, and Lumber Yards may or may not stock MDF products, but they will be able to order it for you. Contact woodworking or cabinet making shops in your area, ask them where to get it or if it may be possible to buy the material from their business.

4.6.3 What type of saw blade works best when cutting MDF? [PS]
If you're using a circular saw, a good 40 tooth carbide tipped blade works best. If you're using a table saw, a 50/60 tooth carbide tipped combination or ripping blade will provide smooth cuts.

4.6.4 What type of router bits work well with MDF? [PS]
As far as router bits go, use only two flute carbide bits and make several passes as opposed to one single pass. If possible, trace the outline of what you intend to router and remove the majority of the material with a jigsaw which will reduce the amount of material being removed and will put less strain on the router as well, not to mention, this will all reduce the amount of MDF dust.
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