Wood veneer can be glued onto wood to give the appearance of solid wood. This makes it good for flooring but not constructing homes. Thus, stronger building materials used for the construction of buildings are called commonly called hardboard. Masonite sheets are a type of hardboard or high-density fiberboard.
Although hardboard was invented in the late 19th century, William H. Mason invented Masonite in 1924. Mason, a researcher, engineer and inventor, began manufacturing the sheets approximately four years later. By the 1940s, Masonite sheets were used as building materials as well as ramps, cabinets, appliances and artistic media. According to Panel Processing, over 28 businesses manufacture products similar to the hardboard sheets invented by Mason. However, Masonite sheets are only manufactured by the Masonite Corporation which as registered a trademark of the Masonite name.
Masonite sheets are not wood but rather an engineered wood product that is sturdier, denser and much stronger than other building materials. Masonite sheets can be used as siding, floors, walls and doors. In fact, Masonite sheets can be paneled, painted or wallpapered.
Variations and Uses
Generally, these sheets are sold in thickness from 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Masonite sheets can also be used for projects that not related to home building. For instance, theaters use these sheets to construct stages. Also, movers can use sheets to move furniture. Movers place the sheets on the floors and against walls so they can easily move furniture without damaging the houses or offices.
Originally, Masonite sheets were made by creating long fibers from wood chips, then steaming them into boards. The wet process creates finished sheets with one smooth side and a rough side. The wet-dry process creates Masonite sheets that have two smooth sides.
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