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Hi all,

I'm a bit of a rookie when it comes to building cabinets and such. I'm currently building a cabinet out of red oak. I need some kind of thin red oak paneling for the back. I'm not sure what exactly I need, or what it's called, or even where to get it.

I found some very flimsy 4' x 8' sheets at Home Depot that looked similar to red oak, but I took a sample piece of it, sanded it, stained it, and compared it to a peice of real red oak that I also sanded and stained, and it looks completely different.

Can anyone help me out? The dimensions I need are 48" x 16". I'd prefer something no thicker than 1/4".

Thanks,

Kelsey
 

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You want cabinet grade 1/4 oak plywood. Either MDF core or ply core, I usually use MDF core. Box stores usually don't have very good quality ply. They both usually come in quarter sawn and regular rotary cut, depending on your base wood.
 
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