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Posted on Is it crazy not to use plywood for cabinets?

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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 04-16-2009 08:53 PM

I’ve been using ply for my kitchen, both a decent thin veneer and ApplePly, with maple edging, and I’m about ready to just go solid maple. Yeah, there are places where I’d have to tweak the design a bit to account for wood movement, but if it’s economically reasonable for you, I’d seriously consider doing solid wood.

On your first example there, the movement in the door faces is something you’d have to be careful of.

On asking cabinet folks, many cabinet folks sublet shop space, and most furniture folks job out milling that they don’t have the tools for (ie: need a wide tabletop sanded and don’t have a drum sander? shop it out), so they’re totally used to this sort of request. The guy who sanded my floors suggested that if I needed anything from the hardwood wholesalers I should go through him.

Also, for at least one of my semi-local “wholesale” dealers, the only requirement for not having an account set up with them is a $250 minimum purchase. This is mostly to keep away the crowd that wants to buy a sheet or two of 3/8” CDX, because if you’re buying a good solid hardwood core with a high quality veneer that can be two sheets of plywood. The other one (which I patronize, usually in $500 or so chunks) only takes check or cash.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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