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  • MDF Craft wood (composite)
    MDF Craft wood (composite)
  • Perspex/Acrylic
    Perspex/Acrylic
  • Timber Full Grain (Real wood)
    Timber Full Grain (Real wood)
  • Plywood
    Plywood

Here you will find a list of materials we use  or can work with.

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is a reconstituted wood panel product. It is a dry-processed fibreboard manufactured from wood fibres, as opposed to veneers or particles, and is denser than plywood and particleboard. MDF has an even density throughout and is smooth on both sides.MDF is reconstituted into wood sheets in a variety of widths and lengths. Bonding is achieved by the addition of synthetic resin adhesives, which are cured under heat and pressure. Paraffin wax is added to assist with water repellency, how ever this does not lead it to being waterproof.

 

Acrylic, commonly known as  “Plexiglas" or “Perspex” Acrylic Sheet is one of the most commonly used and versatile plastic sheeting materials in the world today. Acrylic Sheets are strong, lightweight, glass-like plastic with excellent outdoor weatherability and optical clarity. Seventeen times stronger than glass, at half the weight, clear acrylic sheets are a safer option as there is less change of breakage. Not only is acrylic sheet a sound, durable option, it is also 100% recyclable and suitable for food contact. Acrylic Sheets offer unrivalled versatility and is easy to fabricate, glue and bend without the need for specialised tooling. Dotmar Acrylic is available in clear, colours and tints.

 

Wood is divided into two distinct kinds called hardwood and softwood, though confusingly the names don't always refer to its actual hardness or softness: Hardwoods are ones that come from broad-leaved (deciduous) trees (those that drop their leaves each fall, also known as angiosperms because their seeds are encased in fruits or pods). Examples include ash, beech, birch, mahogany, maple, oak, teak, and walnut. Softwoods come from evergeen (coniferous) trees (those that have needles and cones and retain them year-round, also called gymnosperms. Examples include cedar, cypress, fir, pine, spruce, and redwood. It's generally true that hardwoods are harder than softwoods, but not always. Balsa is the best-known example of a hardwood that is actually very soft. Hardwoods have lovely, attractive grains and are used for such things as making fine furniture and decorative woodwork, whereas softwoods often come from very tall, straight trees, and are better suited for construction work (in the form of planks, poles, and so on).

 

Plywood is an assemblage of wood veneers bonded together to produce a flat sheet. While it can be tailored to suit an extensive range of applications, the normal product consists of at least 3 plies, with the grain in the alternate plies running at right angles.

There are four groupings of plywood products, with each group designed for specific applications:

  •    Structure
  •   Exterior
  •     Interior
  •     Marine

If you Have a particular material you are unsure of and wish to find out if we can work with it please don't hesitate in contacting us and asking.

Other Materials we can and have worked with are:

  • Leather
  • Glass
  • Stones and tiles
  • Anodized and painted metals
  • Paper and cardboards
  • Some fabrics (applications vary as do the types)
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