Renovating or Building and Looking For Sheet Materials

Renovating or Building and Looking For Sheet Materials

Have you been searching for sheet materials? Look no further than Richard Williams, the timber supplier for North Wales. Whether you require chipboard or pine board, or any other such materials, Richard Williams the timber suppliers and landscaping North Wales specialists stock the following sheet materials: –

  • chipboard,
  • MDF (medium – density fibreboard)
  • MDF veneers
  • melamine
  • OSB (oriented strand board)
  • pine board and, of course, plywood.

When to use chipboard

Chipboard can be used for both flooring and countertops. It’s made from small particles of wood that have been bonded together. It’s a cost-effective way of constructing a floor as it is so much cheaper than wood or concrete. However, it needs to be laid in a room that is not prone to damp for it to be durable.

The beauty of chipboard is that it is environmentally friendly and you can add your own designs to it. If you have an artistic bent, you can make incredibly beautiful, original furniture out of it. No one else is likely to have the same ideas as you, so the items you make will be unique, and cheap.

You can make lightweight furniture out of high-grade chipboard too, it’s very versatile. When used for this purpose the chipboard is usually laminated or given a veneer. It can be used to make bookcases, tables, stools and even benches. You can paint it and make designs to jazz it up a bit. To customise it you can cover it with material, or find paper gift-wrapping and cover it with that.

Using MDF

If you haven’t used MDF before, you need to know that when you cut it you’ll have a fine powder everywhere. It annoyingly gets in your hair and lingers on your clothes. If you rout it, it creates even more fine powder. You’ll have to hoover surfaces more than once and keep on changing the vacuum filter. The powder clogs the filter very quickly. You’ll need to wear a mask too.

It would also be an excellent idea to cover up doorways and air vents, as MDF contains urea formaldehyde, which can irritate the eyes and lungs. However, if you take the necessary precautions, no harm should be done.

You need to treat MDF gently, as rough edges can cut the skin. Also, MDF is harder than most woods, or at least, its surface is. However, the inner parts are soft. Its edges and corners are easily crushed. Another disadvantage is that even small surface scratches are clearly visible on its smooth surface.

You shouldn’t allow MDF to be exposed to water. Just a few drops of water will create small lumps on its surface, while longer exposure to water will make it twice as thick as it was originally. Some MDF is moisture resistant but it is difficult to find.

It can be used to make virtually anything, including furniture. You use the same tools as you would if you were working with wood or plywood.

Clearly there are pros and cons to using MDF, so you will have to decide if you will use it or go for more traditional materials.

If you are intending to paint MDF, make sure that you prime the surface first with a good oil-based primer.

If you are unsure whether to use MDF or another material, why not consult the experts at Richard Williams?


Melamine is a laminate and often used to cover MDF. It is waterproof, but if water permeates the particle board under its surface, the melamine surface could become distorted. If the particle board becomes damaged while you are building a [piece of furniture, it might cause the melamine to chip.

You can use melamine to make office furniture, such as desks, cabinets and even display counters. It’s cheaper than wood, durable and lightweight. Unlike MDF it is scratch-resistant and waterproof.

Melamine doesn’t pretend to be real wood. It doesn’t look or feel like it. Decide if this is the best choice for your needs. You may want to consider using OSB (oriented strand board) or pine board or, of course, the old favourite, plywood

Before you start building furniture, you really should consider all your options. Talk with Richard Williams’ staff and ask for their advice. They will be more than happy to share their insider knowledge with you. Remember, Richard Williams is the timber suppler for North Wales.

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