They are used to "dress" the metal structure and can be made of
plaster, medium (MDF), Fermacell, wood
or any other material.
The thickness and material of the panel is important for both strength and aesthetics. The panels provide solidity to the construction, choose them carefully according to its intended use, for example, medium or plywood will be used for the shelves of a library supporting many books.
Different materials can be used on the same construction, for example MDF on top of shelves (more resistant) and plasterboard on the sides.
Medium or MDF
Very easy to cut and economical, however it is more fragile in comparaison to other material (MDF, Fermacell) .
It is available in different thicknesses, the most common are 13 mm, 10 mm and 6mm.
Easy to cut, it is stronger than plasterboard and provides a pretty smooth finish.
It is very suitable for furniture constructions. Cut into narrow strips, it is used to band the edges of the constructiuon.
Composed of plaster and cellulose fibres from recycling, which gives it a better impact and load resistance than plasterboard.
It is cut with a saw or a cutter. Can be used in wet environments.
Slats or Plinth
Made of wood sheets, it is stronger than melamine or medium..
It is suitable for solid constructions.
It can be painted or varnished.
It is a chipboard panel covered with a hard and resistant coating. The coating provides a pretty smooth finish.
It is very suitable for shelves such as this bookcase.
Used to band the edges of the constructions.
Plinth can be found in the right dimensions and material (medium).
Self drill screws
used for drywall construction, the self-drill-screws are able to drive through the metallic studs without starting holes.
Choose the size according to the panel width. Most common sizes are 25-35 mm.
Use jointing compound filler or plaster to plug holes and cracks.
Use compound appropriated for the panel material.
Sand the initial compound layer and use finishing compound to smooth the surface before painting.