It is very simple.... they have to keep their costs low...having to paint/coat/protect the boards would add a step and considerable time to the process...and greatly increase their costs. Laminated edging or a plug would really do nothing to protect the fiberboard from water destroying it...just make it look better cosmetically—and both add cost and time as well.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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