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Help Identifying Wood Material

Hello, I’m new to woodworking, and I have this platform bed that I was hoping to upcycle for something else. Can anyone help me identify the material? Would it be suitable for cutting and making other items like a shoe cabinet? Thanks in advance
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welcome to the forum.
that is regular particle board with a paper/vinyl "wood look" cover.
it is terrible to work with
it does not hold fasteners well
it does not glue up well
and glue will not stick to the wood look paper/vinyl covering
depending on your design, I would not expect satisfactory results.

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thanks for the quick reply!
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You might be able to use it as shelving boards but as was pointed out, its pretty low grade material. Would not use for anything heavy.


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Hello, Im new to woodworking, and I have this platform bed that I was hoping to upcycle for something else. Can anyone help me identify the material? Would it be suitable for cutting and making other items like a shoe cabinet? Thanks in advance
Set up a couple saw horses and use it as a table for your next project. It's only redeeming quality is that paint and glue don't like to stick to it so you don't really have to worry about anything getting stuck to the surface(unless that paint/glue is covering a lot of continuous surface area like a puddle or something).
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You might be able to use it as shelving boards but as was pointed out, its pretty low grade material. Would not use for anything heavy.


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If I use it for shelving, would I be able to sand and paint? Maybe treat it like laminate? Also, would I be able to make straight cuts into this?
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Set up a couple saw horses and use it as a table for your next project. It's only redeeming quality is that paint and glue don't like to stick to it so you don't really have to worry about anything getting stuck to the surface(unless that paint/glue is covering a lot of continuous surface area like a puddle or something).
That's also a good idea. What would be the best way to connect multiple pieces to make a table top? Wood glue?
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If I use it for shelving, would I be able to sand and paint? Maybe treat it like laminate? Also, would I be able to make straight cuts into this?
You can cut it to length. Not sure about sanding and painting, Id guess not. Its made to be horizontal shelf members like in a closet, not much good for anything else.

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That's also a good idea. What would be the best way to connect multiple pieces to make a table top? Wood glue?
Lay a couple pieces of 2x4 down for a frame and screw the pieces down to the 2x4's Not sure how much material you have but a bonus is that you can unscrew everything and store it away when not in use if you're short on space.
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Thanks to everyone for the input!
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