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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.


Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. Phlamingo says:

    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!

  2. Frode says:

    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.