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post #21 of 24 Old 11-15-2018, 04:14 PM
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I always used 3/4 plywood for my casework boxes. If you can find a cabinet supply and ask for Almaciga or import birch you will find these are cheaper plywoods but are good plywoods for interior parts of case work.

I used 1/4 fir plywood most times, for the backs, unless the doors were glass or when the inside was open, then I used regular birch sides and backs. These materials just made a good cabinet.

I have used tons of poplar for drawer fronts, doors and frame work for cabinets and have never had a problem. I used whatever lumber for the exterior that was specified though.
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I would definitely go with plywood. Particle board or MDF is useless if it gets wet. I remodeled my kitchen last year, and though I bought my cabinets instead of building (simply didn't have the time) my biggest requirement was solid wood. Which, for cabinet makers apparently, plywood is solid. Plywood will last longer in my opinion, and there's no real need to make the box out of anything real nice since it's never seen. The end cabinets you can always just face it with veneer.

I can see how some of the pressed engineered board would be more dimensionally stable. Still, I feel plywood is a higher quality option. 3/4" sounds thick to me, but you probably wouldn't need any additional bracing in the frame to mount them on the walls.
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You can use either. Remember nobody plans on getting pb wet nor mold on plywood. It all finishes and one should be watching for leaks under a sink a couple times a year anyway for general maintenance. About the time you change furnace filters..
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