Composition board

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Oil on composition board
MFA# 48.436


Any of several types of dense board made from compressed cellulose fibers, wood chips, or minerals. Composition boards may be held together with an adhesive, with the lignin that is naturally present, or with just the physical intermeshing of the fibers or particles. Composition boards made from wood are usually classified by fiber size (largest to smallest): Waferboard, strandboard, flakeboard, Particle board, and Fiberboard. Other types of boards include: Asbestos Air Cell board, Homasote®, Gypsum board, Sheetrock, and Sackett board.

Oil on composition board
MFA# 64.435

Synonyms and Related Terms

chipboard (Br.); chip board; waferboard; strandboard; flakeboard; particleboard; fiberboard.

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p.583
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998