What is a Particle Board

Particle board, also known as low-density fiberboard (LDF) or chipboard, is an engineered wood substitute product comprised of wood chips, shavings and sometimes saw dust. These particle materials are then blended with a synthetic resin or binder, pressed, and extruded into board form. The main difference between particle board and plywood is that particle board starts with granular particles, whereas plywood is comprised of many layers of thin wood veneer.

The extrusion process utilizes high pressure to force materials through a die cast. The advantages of particle board compared to traditional wood substitutes like plywood is that virtually any shape or form can be created using particle board. Particle board can be used to create complex edges and curves that would require much more time and skill to create from hardwood. Particle boards limitations come from its relative lack of strength compared to other pressed wood products.