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Sources: -Gluing together wood particles with an adhesive, under heat and pressure makes chipboard. This creates a rigid board with a relatively smooth surface. Chipboard is available in a number of densities: -normal, medium and high-density.
Normal density is fairly soft.
High-density is solid and hard.
Uses: -It is often used for kitchen tops (which are laminated with melamine) and fire doors.
Medium density is somewhere between normal and high density. There are exterior grades of chipboard available but most are only suitable for internal use.
Disadvantages: -All grades of chipboard except the high-density variety tend to soak up water. Once it is water logged, chipboard tends to swell and breakdown.
Uses: -Chipboard with a veneered surface is widely used for flat-pack furniture and work surfaces.
Uses: -High-density chipboard is often used as the carcass for kitchen units and worktops and flooring. This type of chipboard is hardwearing, rigid and heavy.
Other grades of chipboard are standard, flame-retardant, flooring, and
moisture-resistant. Ironing or gluing on strips of veneer may disguise
the unattractive edge of veneered chipboard.