Advantages and disadvantages of Manufactured boards
Terms in this set (10)
Advantage - large and flat
Available in large flat sheets - 2440 x 1220mm so can be used for large pieces of furniture without having to join pieces together.
Advantage - stability
good dimensional stability - do not warp as much as natural timbers.
Advantage - decorative
Can be decorated in a number
Advantage - flexible
Sheets of plywood and MDF are flexible and easy to bend over formers for laminating.
Advantages - reuse waste
Waste wood from production can be used in making MDF, chipboard and hardboard.
Disadvantages - blunt tools
Sharp tools required when cutting manufactured boards and tools are easily blunted
Disadvantages - bowing
Thin sheets do not stay flat and will bow unless supported.
Disadvantages - joints
Difficult to join in comparison with traditional construction methods - you cannot make a dovetail joint for example.
Disadvantages - dust
Cutting and sanding some types of board generates hazardous dust particles.
Disadvantages - edges
Edges must be treated and covered to hide unsightly edges and stop water getting in, a process called concealing edges; this also helps to create an appearance of a solid piece of timber.