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Using Different Types of Wood Panels

Updated: Aug 31

Different types of wood panels for CNC Machines
Using Different Kinds of Wood Panels

CNC router machine is widely used in woodworking industries. But for different types of wood panel carving or cutting, the CNC machine configuration is different, such as spindle power, holding table type etc. Below is some information about the wood panels types.


Softboard is a multi-purpose, low-density fibreboard panel that is easy to handle, lightweight and durable. It has numerous uses in homes, offices, factories and educational institutions.

Internal Use: Insulation Board Pinboard Display Board Wall Linings Office Screens

Size: 2400mm x 1200

Thickness: 12mm

Slatwall Solutions from Worldwide offer store designers and fitters almost limitless configuration options at the project design stage.

Worldwide offer many combinations from our wide range of Laminates, Veneers and Melamine MDF Panel ranges, combined with a standard range of Aluminium profiles the design solutions are limitless.

Offered in both Landscape (24 X 12) and Portrait (12 X 24) sheets you have the option to combine a panel to suit all styles of application.

Plywood is a manufactured wood panel from the family of manufactured boards (such as medium-density fibreboard (MDF), particleboard (chipboard), etc.) made from thin sheets of wood veneer. Plywood layers (called veneers or plies) are glued together, with adjacent plies having their wood grain rotated relative to adjacent layers up to 90 degrees.

All plywoods bind resin and wood fibre sheets (cellulose cells are long, strong and thin) to form a composite material. This alternation of the grain is called cross-graining and has several important benefits: it reduces the tendency of wood to split when nailed at the edges; it reduces expansion and shrinkage, providing improved dimensional stability; and it makes the strength of the panel consistent across all directions. There is usually an odd number of plies so that the sheet is balanced—this reduces warping. Because plywood is bonded with grains running against one another and with an odd number of composite parts, it is very hard to bend it perpendicular to the grain direction of the surface ply.

BC Exterior Plywood AS 2272-1979 A Bond (External & Internal)

This Plywood is a structural wood panel using “A” Bond glue with a high quality “B” face and “C” grade back which is suitable when a superior face is required for a high-quality aesthetic finish. It is also suitable for fully or semi-exposed applications provided it is finished correctly.

External Use: (A base for exterior coatings) Furniture - Containers - Work Buildings

Internal Use: Furniture - Soffits - Stair Treads & Risers - Cabinets & Built-Ins - Shelving - Panelling - Accent Panels - Cladding - Ceiling & Wall Linings - Underlayment & Sub-Flooring

Size: 2400 x 1200

Thickness: 4mm, 7mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm

Marine: BS 1088 Hardwood Marine Plywood A Bond (External)

Used in construction, Marine Plywood is a premium quality plywood based on density, bending strength, impact resistance and surface finish characteristics and is specially treated to resist rotting in a high-moisture environment.

External Use: Boat Building - Building & Construction (where there is exposure to a high-moisture environment) - Motor Homes

Internal Use:

Size: 2400 x 1200

Thickness: 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 25mm

F14 CD Structural Plywood AS2269 A Bond

CD Structural Plywood is engineered structural plywood which is very sturdy and manageable.

External Use: Building - Roofing - Bins - Boxes - Crates - Hoardings - Bracing - Walls - Home Fitouts

Internal Use: Cabinetmaking - Shopfitting - Caravan & Mobile Homes Fit-outs - Furniture - Building

Size: 2400mm x 1200

Thickness: 7mm, 9mm, 12mm, 17mm, 19mm, 25mm

RB Lauan Plywood (Interior)

Lauan plywood is manufactured from various species of hardwood. Due to its softness, it has speciality applications.

External Use:

Internal Use: Interior Wall Panelling Furniture and Fitments Interior Door Skins Wall & Ceiling Linings Underlay

Size: 2400mm x 1200mm

Thickness: 3.6mm

Flexi - Ply

Flexi-Ply is easy to use and offers practically no resistance to bending. Lined with a second piece it will retain its given shape.

External Use: Doors - Panelling - Store Fixtures - Film Sets - Yacht & Boat Projects - Formwork & Landscaping -Arches

Internal Use: Cabinet Making - Furniture Making - Columns - Doors - Stair Stringers - Case Goods - Kitchens - Panelling - Ceilings - Exhibitions - Film Sets

Size: 2440mm x 1220mm, 2440mm x 1240mm

Thickness: 5mm

Plastic Faced Formply (External)

Formerly is a type of plywood generally used in the construction industry as a means of supporting concrete prior to it curing and becoming a floor. The plywood surface is overlaid on both sides with phenolic paper to act as a barrier between the curing concrete and the timber surface of the plywood.

External Use: Concrete Form Work

Size: 2400mm x 1200mm

Thickness: 17mm

WBP Hardwood (Exterior & Interior)

A water-based resistant film-faced veneered hardwood using WBP glue (WBP being a property/feature of the glue stands for "Water and Boil Proof"). This offers protection for the panel when exposed to weather, water and moisture for long periods (some may be permanent) without delaminating.

External Use: Marine Uses - Formwork - Signs

Internal Use: Furniture Making - Cabinet Making - Underlay

Size: 2440mm x 1220mm

Thickness: 4mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm

MDF (Standard) E1 & E0 Available

Medium Density Fibreboard or MDF is a versatile wood panel product that differs from particleboard in that the wood chip is reduced to a fibre which in its raw form is similar to cotton wool. Resin is added in the manufacturing process to produce a panel that has a smooth surface on both sides and an even density profile through whisk makes an ideal substrate to router and groove. These characteristics also allow intricate and precise machining and finishing techniques when producing high-quality cabinetry components. The product is also used extensively for handyman projects as it offers a high-quality surface for sprayed and hand-painted treatments.

Please note that not all sizes are available in thicknesses offered. Our stock is continually changing, please call or e-mail to verify available stock and quantities.

External Use:

Internal Use: Cabinet Making - Shopfitting - Picture Frames - Toys - Furniture

Size: 2400mm x 1200mm, 2440 x 1220*, 2400mm x 1800mm, 3600mm x 1200mm, 3600mm x 1800mm

Thickness: 3*mm, 4.75*mm, 6*mm, 9mm, 12mm, 16mm, 18mm, 25mm, 32mm

MDF - HMR - E0 - (Highly Moisture Resistant)

HMR MDF has a special water-resistant resin added to the panel, providing moisture resistant properties and increased dimensional stability and is used in areas subject to humidity.

External Use:

Internal Use: Skirting - Architraves - Laundries - Shopfitting - Cabinet Carcases - Kitchens - Stairs

Size: 2400mm x 1200mm

Thickness: 12mm, 16mm, 18mm, 25mm, 32mm

MDF - E1 - MDF (Low Formaldehyde)

E1 - Medium Density Fibreboard is a low Formaldehyde grade substrate produced using enhanced eco-friendly resins and technology. E1 - MDF has excellent strength quality, surface smoothness, stability and superior edge profile with reduced formaldehyde emissions. Surfaces can be painted to achieve a high-quality finish and provides a uniform substrate for overlaying. This product should not be used in exterior applications, or exposed to water or high humidity situations (saunas, shower cabinets), and should be kept clear of nearby heat sources as solid fuel heaters and freestanding fireplaces.

External Use:

Internal Use: Furniture, Joinery, Cabinet Making, Kitchen Cabinets

Size: 2400mm x 1200

Thickness: 18mm

E0 Fire-Retardant MDF

Veneers backed with E0 Fire-Retardant Black MDF meets BCA Fire Hazard Group 2 requirements for commercial interiors (Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings) and is fully backed by comprehensive certificates.

External Use:

Internal Use: Acoustics, Wall Panelling, Ceiling Panels, Hospitals, Public Buildings, Lifts/Elevators, Veneers, and more

Size: 2440mm x 1220mm

Thickness: 12mm Black MDF, 12mm STD MDF, 18mm STD MDF

HMR - PRE Formed MDF

HMR MDF - (Highly Moisture Resistant) this is 32mm Pre Formed on 1 long edge. Available in 600mm and 900mm widths. This is ideal for the Benchtop Market.

Internal Use: This is a pre-formed ready profiled HMR MDF panel aimed at the Benchtop market, and is ready to make into a rolled front Laminate Benchtop

Size: 3600mm x 600mm, 3600mm x 900mm

Thickness: 32mm

E0 Primed MR MDF Mouldings

Alpine MDF Primed Mouldings are produced from premium quality, moisture resistant Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF). Mouldings are suitable for interior applications and are available in a wide range of profiles to suit modern and traditional decors. Our mouldings are resistant to warping, twisting and are free of knots or imperfections to make installation easier.


Alpine MDF Primed Mouldings are used as skirtings, architraves, door jambs and lining boards. Alpine MDF Primed Mouldings are designed for interior use and are not recommended for use in situations where they will be exposed to water or prolonged high humidity (e.g. shower cabinets, saunas or in exterior applications). In situations where they will be exposed to heat from fireplaces or solid fuel heaters, Alpine MDF Primed Mouldings should be installed with the same clearances used for solid timbers.

Please view the moulding brochure for profile ranges.

Half Splayed Skirting

67 x 18 92 x 18 140 x18

Single Bullnose Skirting

67 x 18 92 x 18

Bullnose Architrave

67 x 18

Lambs Tongue Skirting

67 x 18 92 x 18 140 x 18

WA Colonial Skirting

67 x 18 87 x 18 140 x 18

Square Dressed

30 x 12 42 x 12 67 x 18 92 x 18

Particleboard - HMR (Highly Moisture Resistant)

Particleboard - HMR is highly moisture resistant and can be used in areas of high humidity or where occasional wetting may occur.

Internal Use: Kitchen Cupboards - Laundry Cupboards - Bathroom Cupboards - Shelving

Size: 2400mm x 1200mm, 2400mm x 1800mm, preformed edge 3600mm x 600mm/900mm

Thickness: 12mm, 16mm, 18mm, 25mm, 33mm

Particleboard - (Standard)

Particleboard is an engineered wood product manufactured from wood particles, such as woodchips, sawmill shavings, or even sawdust, this is mixed with synthetic resin or other suitable binders which is then pressed and extruded. Particleboard is a type of fibreboard, a composite material, but is made up of larger pieces of wood than MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and Hardboard. Particleboard is most commonly used as a substrate for applying laminates in Benchtop applications and indoor building requirements.

Internal Use: Wardrobes - Substrates for Benchtops - Wall Units - TV Cabinets - Joinery - Cupboards - Shelving - Wall Linings.

Size: 2400mm x 900mm, 2400mm x 1200, 2400mm x 18mm, 3600mm x 600, 3600mm x 900mm

Thickness: 9mm, 12mm, 16mm, 18mm, 25mm

HMR - PRE Formed Particle Board

HMR Particleboard - (Highly Moisture Resistant) this is 33mm Pre Formed on 1 long edge. Available in 600mm and 900mm widths. This is ideal for the Benchtop Market.

Internal Use: This is a pre-formed ready profiled HMR Particleboard panel aimed at the Benchtop market, and is ready to make into a rolled front Laminate Benchtop

Size: 3600mm x 600mm, 3600mm x 900mm

Thickness: 33mm

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