The choice between MDF and PLY can seem confusing, and it quite often is !
Both are made from wood by – products but are very different.
PLY - Tends to be stronger, more durable with many grades and thicknesses available, mainly used for cabinets, shelving and build-ins, it is ideal for staining and clear coating, thus showing graining off to its best advantage.
MDF - Comes mainly in three types, lightweight, standard and high density, it is often seen as a cheaper alternative to Ply. Smoother and very consistent, easier to paint or spray and good for routering if you fancy a bit more detail for your chosen project.
On the downside it doesn’t hold screws too well and due to its’ density can be heavy.
MDF we absolutely love to work with is Fibrapan Hydrofugo by Finsa (Italy).
So either would make a good cost effective option for your next project, without the need to -
TRY before you PLY !!