Nice to Know
Cleaning and Maintenance
The best method is to use a damp cloth to wipe of dust without leaving moisture behind. Waxing is not encouraged.
See Murphy® Oil Soap for their cleaning recommendations.
Thin layer of wood product used as a finished surface.
High pressure laminates have come a long way from the original kitchen counter formica days. Laminate provides almost infinite color and wood look alike options, with durability and ease of maintenance beyond wood or veneer finishes.
The industry only requires the product to contain 10% of the advertised wood as content. This can frequently be obtained with the smaller trim pieces.
Layers of wood assembled together with glue in various plys (three layers, five layers). Such product is deemed stronger and more stable than solid wood of the same dimensions.
Typically considered a by-product of the wood industry in the form of sawdust with glue which is what makes it so heavy. Probably the least stable product when it comes to rigid support.
MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard)
Contains finer wood particles than particle board which makes it denser than standard particle board.
Hardwood versus Softwood
Hardwoods such as Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Cherry are commonly classified based on being deciduous, with softwoods such as Pine and Cedar receiving their classification based on being evergreens.