What’s tempered hardboard?

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Tempered hardboard, also known as Masonite, is a dense and water-resistant engineered wood product used in furniture and cabinet making. It is made by compressing wood fibers coated in linseed oil at high temperatures. It is flexible and can be cut with woodworking tools, but should not be used in structural applications. It is sold in sheets and can be pre-finished with veneers or laminates. It is also used for skateboard and bicycle ramps and in commercial pegboard applications.

Tempered hardboard, an engineered wood product, consists of wood fibers that have been tightly compressed together to form a solid sheet of building material. It is often referred to as Masonite® because it was invented by William H. Mason and originally manufactured by the Masonite Corporation. Tempered hardboard is similar to other types of fiberboard, but is usually denser and more water resistant. This product is widely used in furniture and cabinet making. It is typically produced in sheets which have a smooth finish on two sides and known as S2S boards. This type of hardboard is known for being both rigid and flexible.

Masonite® or tempered hardboard is made by taking wood fibers coated in linseed oil and pressing them into sheets at high temperatures. Linseed oil is added to the wood fibers to help bind them together during the manufacturing process. Unlike regular particle board, hardboard products typically do not require additional fastening materials to maintain their shape and strength. The use of linseed oil in the manufacturing process usually makes hardboard unsuitable for painting. Tempered particleboard sheets are typically sturdier and more water resistant than standard particleboard products.

This engineered wood product was first developed in the 1920s and has been used for many decades as an exterior siding material for buildings and homes. The unique manufacturing process of this type of hardboard typically produces a strong, smooth sheet of building material that is capable of bending without cracking, splitting, or cracking. Although a very dense material, this type of hardboard can usually be cut using common woodworking tools. Due to its flexibility, however, tempered hardboard should never be used in any type of structural application. It is typically sold in 4-foot (1.2192 meters) by 8-foot (2.4384 meters) sheets in a variety of thicknesses.

The material is also available as a pre-finished product with veneers such as wood grain, Formica® and various types of laminates including vinyl and paper. Finished particleboards are often used in bathrooms and kitchens due to their durability and waterproof qualities. Unfinished particleboard is typically used as cabinet backing and drawer bottoms. Tempered hardboard is also used for skateboard and bicycle ramps due to its high degree of flexibility. It is also manufactured in a perforated form for use in certain types of commercial pegboard applications.

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