What is a MDF Coffin?

August 2, 2019

What is a MDF Coffin?
At Brember Family Funerals we use MDF timber Coffins due to its availability and affordability for our client families, here is some interesting facts about MDF.

Did you know that more than 2 out of 3 coffins used in Australia is made from MDF.
Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product.

How is MDF produced?
The timber used to make is sourced from Australian plantation radiata pine or plantation slash pine.

They are grown in New South Wales and Gympie, Queensland.

MDF is made by breaking down wood into fibres. These fibres are then combined with wax, glue and resin, along with heat and pressure to form 16mm thick boards.

The boards are as hard (or harder) than solid timber. They’re also smooth and free of blemishes and knots.

MDF is stronger and much denser than particle board.

Paper veneer: timber grain pattern

A paper-thin veneer, with a printed wood grain pattern, is glued onto the surface of the MDF.

The wood grain is actually a scanned image of real timber. Such as: teak, cedar, oak, sapele or rosewood.

This gives the look of real timber.

Why is paper-veneered MDF used to make coffins?

Traditionally, all coffins were made from solid timber.

In the early 1980s, timber veneered particle board was introduced into coffin manufacturing.

Paper veneered MDF followed and allowed funeral homes to offer less expensive coffin options to families.

It gave the look of solid timber grain without the cost of solid timber.

Other benefits of MDF include:

  • MDF is free of knots. Knots can occur naturally in some timber but are undesirable in coffin manufacture as they can cause weak points.
  • MDF is also strong but can be cremated and buried.
  • MDF can be cut, machined and sanded just like regular timber. This allows for more efficient production, as machinery can be used that is common to both MDF and solid timber coffin/casket manufacturing.

Is MDF environmentally-friendly?

Coffin manufacturing in Australia use eZero (E0) MDF.

It is the most eco-friendly form of MDF in Australia—with the lowest emissions.

MDF is produced from Australian renewable, plantation timber.