Seasoned carpenters, do-it-yourself individuals and hobbyists dabble in woodworking at some point or another. Wood is a product that many people enjoy looking at, working with in projects and have for many years. During the Industrial Revolution, plastic and some metals tried to squeeze out wood from popularity, yet wood never completely left the market and is in as much demand as ever in many forms today.
Part of the reason wood has never gone out of style is the fact that it's so versatile. When woodworkers study lessons in "Particleboard101," another strong point is the strength and endurance of a product that can be handed down through generations as keepsakes. Take for instance particleboard and the many uses that it has for homeowners, businessmen, and construction people. You might just see it used inside for wainscoting, an interior sitting bench, shelves, bookcases and numerous other woodworking projects made out of some particleboard.
One of the down sides of particleboard is the limited use around continual moisture or dampness. This limits particleboard to mostly interior use and its use should be avoided around water unless it is protected by vinyl or an appropriate sealant. Particleboard can be stained, yet will be absorbent because of the layers of sponge-like material the boards are made from when they are milled.
Fiberboard or hardboard is second cousin to particleboard but have a more dense composition. Particleboard is denser than conventional wood. It is inexpensive and quite a bit more uniform than conventional wood and plywood. Particleboard is sometimes painted or wood veneer is glued onto it. There are several people who substitute particleboard for wood and plywood when the appearance and strength are less important than price.
Particleboard has been frequently used as cupboard doors, drawer fronts and complete doors with an overlay of metal or wood veneer applied for looks. The preference is because they do not warp or bow with the stress of use once they are hung. Another benefit was that screws, when inserted, will hold tightly for years as compared to plywood or other woodworking products.
Max Hemmelheber of Germany was the inventor of particleboard. The basic construction of particleboard exists today with little changes that were made. it is basically planer shavings, off cuts, chips or sawdust that are bound together with a resin. Different resins are used today in the 21st century as compared to the 19th century when Max first invented particleboard.