What are the advantages and disadvantages of finger-joined panels?

For many families, when decorating, the use of panels is very frequent, especially like joinery, finger-joined panels, melamine panels and so on. However, some of you may be hearing about finger-joined panels for the first time. In fact, it is used in the same way as woodworking panels, without the glued and pressed plywood up and down. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of finger-joined panels?

Finger jointer machine

Advantages of finger-joined panels

1.Although these products are assembled, they are still made of solid wood and belong to the solid wood category. The durability and availability of finger-joined panels is therefore relatively high. In addition, the surface of finger-joined panels is usually painted with a clear lacquer, which is relatively more environmentally friendly. In contrast to woodworking, finger-joined panels do not need to be glued to plywood. Therefore less glue is used and it is more environmentally friendly.

2.Compared to solid wood products, finger-joined boards are much cheaper. The price of a board is usually around $150, which is relatively good value for money. So when you are shopping, you may want to seriously consider finger-joined boards, which are very practical.

Finger joined veneer

Disadvantages of finger-joined panels

Finger-joined panels are not really considered solid wood. Although it is more durable than woodwork, it is still a bit different from real solid wood as it is put together. Also, as it does not usually take too long to air dry before being put together, there is more moisture left in the wood. Therefore after a long time there will be a certain degree of deformation.

How to distinguish between good and bad finger-joined panels

To identify the quality of these products, two aspects can be analysed. One is the age of the core material. Generally speaking, the more obvious the rings, the older the tree, the better the finger-joined board. The other is the tooth mark, which is usually divided into open and dark teeth. The best finger-joint boards are those with dark teeth. The reason for this is that it is easier to get some unevenness after painting. Of course, the dark teeth are more difficult to process.

How to buy finger-joined panels

1.Price

The production process is different due to the fact that it is processed in a different way. Finger-joined panels use relatively little glue and are therefore more environmentally friendly, resulting in a slightly higher selling price than high-grade joinery. Of course, the price of finger-joined panels varies from one type to another.

2.Classification

Finger-joined panels are generally divided into two main categories, knotted and unknotted. The former will have a scarred eye, giving a back-to-basics look and feel. The latter does not have any scarring and is more aesthetically pleasing. Different people prefer different types of finger-joined panels.

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