Manufacturing Process

One of the best ways to address climate change is to use more wood, not less.

Dr. Patrick Moore, Co-founder, Greenpeace

  1. Trees remove carbon from the air
  2. Wood products store carbon long-term
  3. Wood can generate clean energy
  4. Using wood in lieu of other materials reduces the need to burn fossil fuels to produce steel, concrete or plastic
  5. Forests can be regenerated

Composite wood panels (MDF and particleboard) are ecologically responsible building products made from recycled or recovered wood fiber and adhesives. They are used in a large variety of applications such as furniture, cabinetry, wall panels, shelving, doors, floor underlayment and many others. Typically they are laminated or veneered before use in a finished product, but sometimes they are simply painted or clear-coated for a raw or natural look.


Process: Wood residuals are refined, combined with glue, formed into mats, pressed and heated to form panels in varying thicknesses and sizes. Other additives can provide benefits such as fire-retardant properties and moisture resistance.


Wood residuals such as sawdust, chips and shavings left over after other industrial processes like lumber or furniture manufacturing are utilized as the raw material to make composite panels. Post-consumer recycled wood such as pallets and construction waste is also used for this purpose. Nothing is wasted.


Chemical advancements and innovation have created new adhesives for composite panel manufacturing that have extremely low VOC's for healthier indoor air. Composite panel manufacturers are also using adhesives with no-added formaldehyde and no-added urea formaldhyde.


The science of making composite panels is much more complex than the simplistic recipe above would indicate. In fact, SierraPine has achieved mutliple patents, thus proving the precision and manufacturing expertise required to create the wide array of composite panel products available on the market today.