Particle board

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Particleboard with a veneer

Particle board, also known as particleboard and chipboard, is a wood product made from chips of wood or sawdust. It is mixed with resin or glue (both adhesives), then, under pressure and heat, pressed into uniform sheets.[1] Particle board is used in building construction and furniture making. It is cheaper to make than plywood but not as strong. Type 1 particle board expands when exposed to moisture. For that reason is is not usually recommended to be used outdoors.[2] Type 2 particle board uses waterproof glues and can be used outdoors.[2]

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  1. Structural Design in Wood, eds. Judith J. Stalnaker, Ernest C. Harris (New York: Chapman & Hall, 1997), p. 265
  2. 2.0 2.1 R. Bruce Hoadley, Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology (Newtown, CT: Taunton Press, 2000), p. 235

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