If you are staining you could use alder as a cherry substitute. It's known as the poorman's cherry or canadian cherry. It should cost a little less than real cherry. Some cabinet shops build with alder & stain it to pass off as cherry to unknowing customers. When stained it looks very close. I build with cherry if that is what customer wants. If cost is a factor & they want the cherry look I will mention the alder alternative.
I prefer to use A-1 grade 3/4" ply for the cabs over shop grade cherry. The shop cherry feels like it weights about twice as much because of the amount of mdf used for the core. It's ok stuff but moving full sheets around or lifting completed cabs your back will notice after awhile. I think the little added cost is worth it for the lightness & good quality of the A-1 over shop cherry. Take a visit to your hardwoods supplier & look at both sheets to compare for yourself.
Remember when staining, that cherry will naturally darken over time. So if you use a dark stain it will be very dark in a few years. Some people like it some don't. I think it looks great with a clear coat or stained, but that's just my opinion.
Have a nice & safe day!
Last edited by jlord; 01-12-2010 at 05:40 PM.