How well do particle board cabinets hold up, as far as longevity? I've seen alot made with that, and either veneered on the exposed edges, or covered with 1/4" hardwood ply. I took a look at ours (cheap, builder grade), and they are just that. Particle board shell, with wood tape on the insides and shelves, 1/4" oak ply on the cabinet ends, and oak face frames and doors. They've been in this house for about 15 years, and seem to be holding up. We had a dishwasher leak last year, and all the cabinet around it soaked up the water and is crumbling. That's the only drawback I can see by using particleboard. Seems like the cost would be lower than using solid wood for every part. But I could be wrong. Any other drawbacks I'm not seeing? My sister has mentioned me building her some new cabinets, so I've been trying to do some research on it lately.