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What is the difference between the various types of particle boards?

Pressed Wood is a broad category that includes Particle Board, OSB, MDF, and the trademarked Masonite [edit: Masonite is a type of "hardboard], as well as, engineered wood (think: engineered flooring),...
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Possible To Put an Epoxy Coating on Particle Board?

Possible, yes. Recommended - probably not. What purpose to you intend it to serve? Why do you think epoxy coating (intended for application to concrete) makes it better for the purpose? With or ...
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Can particleboard subfloor be used as a nail base for 3/4" solid wood strip flooring?

I have seen it fail. I have momentarily tried it. And I will never waste my time again. Fail Went through a potential house 8-9 years ago. Mid 60s house. They just put down hardwood to sell it....
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Attaching plywood to laminated particle board

You're not clear on the circumstances or the purpose for attaching them. But to answer your question any type of good quality construction adhesive is a very good method of attaching two panels of ...
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Mounting Computer Under Particle Board Desk

While there's no problem mounting things to particle board as others have described, 1/2" is just too thin to work with. I would mount another board under your desk using construction or wood glue, at ...
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Hinges have come loose from particle-board cupboard

I'd go with an epoxy filler rather than a cellulose based product. You've already got chipboard, and you need all the additional strength you can get. Drill the old holes out to a size larger than the ...
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IKEA Furniture in Conservatory

If the pieces are naturally pulling out like that, it appears to be warping as well. The temperatures are certainly contributing to the problem but, in my opinion, there are probably 2 other factors. ...
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Can I use OSB in place of timber as structural element

Yes, it's more stable, but not to "the elements". While it is constructed with exterior-grade adhesive, the nature of thinly-shaved wood means that when exposed to moisture, repeated flex, etc. it ...
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Filling the seams at butt joins for a perfect paint finish (how do i?)

You might want to pre-treat the gap you are filling with shellac or paint so that the raw/cut particle-board is not "sucking up" the filler. On the filler front, for painted boxes, you might visit ...
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MDF (particle board) edge sealing for smooth painted finish

I've always had very good results when using polyurethane finish on MDF - particularly on edges, where it is absorbed deeply. I have used it to harden the edges and make them more robust. I'd suggest ...
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MDF (particle board) edge sealing for smooth painted finish

You could try brushing the edges with glue. I use Weldbond glue for similar purposes. You can dilute it, maybe a thin coat first to penetrate and seal, followed by a thicker coat to finish it. It's ...
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How can I repair a torn out cabinet hinge mount?

I have had success with 5 minute epoxy. The epoxy bonded well with the particle board and allowed for re-drilling of torn out screw holes. If the hole is really big then you are looking at a "...
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How would I seal the raw edges of particle board cabinets for protection against getting wet?

I've never done this, but certainly I can think of occasions where I have seen this kind of water damage on particle board furniture in kitchens. I would consider waterproofing it by using a glue ...
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Replacement for Ikea backboard

The backboard is part of the anti-racking structure and very much needed and used by just about every closet. Backboard where the nails where pulled through can be reused a few times by putting the ...
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Replacing strips between subfloor and underlayment

The short answer is that you can use almost anything solid with a few caveats: Whatever you lay over it needs to be able to span any voids you leave. If you fill with solid plywood, that's not a ...
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Particle board subfloor - cover with additional plywood/osb for luxury vinyl plank flooring?

particle boards don’t tolerate well humidity so remove them if your place can get humid. They will fail and whatever you put of top of them won’t be properly supported. For subfloor, both plywood and ...
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Using construction adhesive to connect 2 wooden panels

I would run the adhesive bead 1” from the edge and then fill in with lines or waves (shape won’t matter) about 3 or 4” apart. When putting together I would hold the edges open by 1/8” and work out ...
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Removing glued down particle board from subfloor

You will need to get a Razor floor scraper. It takes a little practice to get the angle that you hold it at in relation to the floor. Do not be to aggressive until you get a feel for how well it ...
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How should I fix blemishes in a stained particle board table top?

It would help to know exactly what you want to accomplish because there's likely a better finishing method than stain in your situation. A good first step is a paste wood filler to smooth out the ...
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Mounting Computer Under Particle Board Desk

Most of the desks in cubicles and modular furniture are made of particle board and they are able to assemble and mount things with screws, so it should not be a problem. They use special coarse ...
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how to remove the particle board subfloor underlayment quickly?

My experience with removing old particle board sub flooring was to use a pry bar like this: Pound the end in under the edge of the material and break it apart. This will make lots of pieces of the ...
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how to remove the particle board subfloor underlayment quickly?

Buy a cat's paw prybar and pound it under each nailhead, pull each nail individually. I know it sounds painfully laborous, but believe me - much cleaner, efficient, and productive. Make sure to test ...
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Replacement for Ikea backboard

This is a great time to upgrade to a better material. Ikea's backboards are the cheapest thing they can possibly use. You could use a variety of hardboards, luaun plywood (which you stain to suit ...
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How can I repair a torn out cabinet hinge mount?

Your best bet might be to move the hinge above the damage and use a wood filler to fill the damaged area. Wood filler and or glue will not be strong enough to hold the hinge to the particle board for ...
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IKEA Furniture in Conservatory

It's fluctuating humidity, combined with the disposable nature of IKEA furniture (As @DA01 said in a comment "You don't really 'fix' IKEA furniture--at least not the stuff made out of MDF and particle ...
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How to fix particle board at lock screw (Ikea Effektiv)

I'm with Lawrence on this, where there is blame, there is a claim. If you want to have a go at fixing however then go to a ships chandler and get a good glue from them. However, the trick is to clamp ...
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Which kind of board is easiest to work with?

Pine. It is the the only one of the choices (other than plywood) that will give a natural wood finish easily. Also its edges do not need special treatment, unlike plywood. While veneer makes all of ...
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Can you help save re-staining project please

The purpose of the solvent is to not remove but redistribute the stain that is already applied, although it will remove some of it. It will not remove what has penetrated into the grain of the wood, ...
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