Cut and Sand SupaWood (MDF) with care
Did you know that here in South Africa, SupaWood (MDF) contains a low level of Formaldehyde. We offer tips on cutting and sanding SupaWood (MDF) with safety in mind.
MDF (medium density fibreboard) is manufactured locally under the brand name, SupaWood. This board product is a popular choice for making furniture and accessories due to the fact that it is easy to work with, affordable, and can be painted, laminated or a veneer applied to the surface. However, one factor that few people are aware of is the fact that Urea Formaldehyde (UF) is used in the resin when manufacturing this product.
In South Africa, SupaWood has a UF content of > 8 to ≤ 30 mg/100 g (oven dry board) in accordance with EN 120 European Guidelines (see product specs). It is for this reason that caution should be exercised when cutting or sanding SupaWood, to reduce the inhalation of dust particles, which in themselves can be harmful to your health.
The Bosch range of multi-, orbital and random orbital sanders feature a Microfilter System that dramatically reduces the quantity of airborne dust particles. When used in conjunction with a dust mask, and cutting or sanding of SupaWood in a well-ventilated space - or outdoors - the health risk is greatly reduced.
The microfilter built-in dust extraction system sucks the dust directly into the microfilter box for a clean working environment. Dust is sucked into the air filter and the vibration of the sander compacts the dust in the filter housing, from where it can be easily removed. Regular cleaning and emptying of the filter system is recommended.