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German chemical giant BASF pioneered the technology to colorize the traditionally blah-colored world of manufactured wood products like medium-density fiberboard (MDF). Besides requiring no or little finishing, through-color MDF will not betray scrapes or scratches like painted material. It has been available in Europe for awhile now, but only relatively recently in the US through Packard Forest Products.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Phlamingo

    Don’t get me wrong, MDF has its place.

    But, it might not be a good idea for a BSG like me to sit on a stool whose legs are MDF … Disaster Zone!

  • Frode

    I have used this product to make kitchen tops – in a time I had serious budget constraints… Have used an hardening oil to protect it. Cheap and very good looking.