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Topic # 188947 10-Dec-2015 19:54
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I'm an ancient ex-builder. So 'ex' that I remember stuff like wooden windows, t&g flooring, wallpaper (gasp!) and fibrous plaster ceilings. In those days, I bought most of my stuff from H.C.Kitchen, a great outfit to deal with. However, they sold out to Fletchers and voila, became Placemakers. Bad move from the customers' point of view, IMHO. A family firm replaced by a faceless corporation.

But I digress. I'm trying to remember the name of a product that predated MDF by a zillion years or so. The base material was 3\4" (18mm) finger-jointed pine material and came in sheets of 600mm? 900mm? 1200? wide by various lengths.

A typical chippie of that era would probably use it when he\she (tho not many 'she-people' were in the trade in those days) wanted to build a cupboard or similar, and when they wanted a wide panel, would have had no other option than to glue 200mm or 300mm boards together to get the same result.  

I think this stuff was called 'Bondwood'.

But what I'm desperately trying to remember was what its successor was called, and this was 'Bondwood' with a layer of hardboard (and if you don't know what THAT was, read no further) on each side. Probably 1/8th inch (or 3mm in digi-speak). So you got a layer of finger-jointed pine boards covered by a skin of hardboard.

I've lost track of how many houses I outfitted with kitchen cupboards that I built from this stuff, but it was a lot. It was pretty much par for the course in those days: build the house then outfit the kitchen.

But not enough, maybe, so that I can recall the name of this product.

So, any elderly chippie or builder able to comment? What was this product called? Bondwood with a layer of hardboard on each side?

Thanks for reading :-)

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  Reply # 1449391 12-Dec-2015 21:40
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Spoke to my father a 1950's chippy. He thought it was still called bondboard.

But he said it came in two flavours.
One covered by hardboard as you said but he said they alternatively covered it with two-ply that could be stained to look like solid wood

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  Reply # 1449733 13-Dec-2015 17:38
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I am almost as old, and remember a product called coreboard.  I think that it had a core of 20mm thick wood - sometimes solid and sometimes 'hit and miss' or even just a frame, with thin hardboard glued to each face.  It was used in joinery and also cupboard doors.


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  Reply # 1449753 13-Dec-2015 18:24
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My dad (flooring contractor) is saying it might have been called bison board

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  Reply # 1449821 13-Dec-2015 20:35
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Thanks for your response, guys.

D1023319, your Dad was close. I think the base material was definitely 'bondwood': 18mm finger-jointed pine board material that we used for a lot of joinery work. And he's right - the sheathed version came in two flavors. One was covered in hardboard and the other in a thin ply, or sometimes veneer, that could be stained to look like solid wood.

Wilko: I think the cigar is yours. 'Coreboard', that's what the hardboard sheathed bondwood was called. Well done!

Blackjack17: I think Bison Board was a much later product. 1970's? 1980's? It was a thin version (1\4"? 3\8") of 'particle board' which was a fairly coarse grained 'chip board'. It later became MDF or medium density fibre board.

Much appreciate your input, guys :-)

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