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Does anyone know what type of wood this is and can it be "NICELY" painted, it will be in one of my living areas?
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looks like MDF to me.
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particle board, hence "part" cheap wood not worth a darn

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that is obviously Part F


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Particle board

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Particle board with some wood grain laminate on it. You won't be able to paint the laminate very well unless you use spray paint that bonds with plastic. If you do want to paint it with house paint, I would take a sander to it and then paint it. I can tell you though, from making a beer pong table, particle board and moisture for periods of time do not do well.
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Yep, MDF or particle board. Pretty much compressed sawdust with a bit of glue thrown in the mix. On the upside, it's cheap and, yes, it can be painted "nicely"--but the particular technique is going to depend on the type of paint you end up using.
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Particle board with some wood grain laminate on it. You won't be able to paint the laminate very well unless you use spray paint that bonds with plastic. If you do want to paint it with house paint, I would take a sander to it and then paint it. I can tell you though, from making a beer pong table, particle board and moisture for periods of time do not do well.
+1 will warp over time if it gets wet and create an uneven surface

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Okay, my thoughts were in the ball park, compressed wood...lol..I know its very cheap but it was handed to me. I am considering because I see many people use their dressers and night stands that are made out the same material....so I thought I could use it for my 10g tank...can I?
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As most people up above said, particle board.

It's basically just a bunch of wood chips/flakes and sawdust mixed with an adhesive and squeezed together.

If it gets wet, the wood chips expand, and you get a swollen blister-like appearance. To much exposure to water, and it will swell to the point where it actually falls apart.

Before I worry you too much, It should be fine for a stand provided you don't let it sit in standing water. The coating/layer that gives it the wood-like appearance is pretty water resistant (maybe water proof, but it's easily damaged), so as long as you clean up any spills, shouldn't be a big issue.

The flat surfaces should be pretty easy to paint, but the edges are very rough. If you want the edge to match the face, you can buy strips of something (I forget what it's called) that stick to the end, I think they are iron-on (not sure, I've never used them before).

Otherwise, you could do a couple layers of something like a wood filler to fill in all those gaps.

What are your plans? if that's part of a manufactured stand/piece of furniture, usually there aren't exposed edges, they almost always but up against another piece (or are exposed on the back/bottom.
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Seal the edges if exposed with paint and it will make a fine stand. Not as good as oak, but it will work.
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What are your plans? if that's part of a manufactured stand/piece of furniture, usually there aren't exposed edges, they almost always but up against another piece (or are exposed on the back/bottom.
Yes, it is the bottom part of a manufactured piece of furniture. I guess its a no go, so I won't get to use it, darn...oh well, my daughter wants it and will benefit having it, she is making room for it now in her room...
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that is obviously Part F
ha this made me laugh out loud in my cubicle

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ha this made me laugh out loud in my cubicle
Honestly, I lol too...dah! That was not the question...lol...I didn't ask what does it say...lol....
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