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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2011, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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I need to know what kind of wood or materials is best to use to make kitchen cabinets this will be my first time making cabinets floor and wall so any help will be welcome
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Oak, Hickory, Cherry, Birch, Walnut, even Pine are often used for cabinets.
Most folks use a matching plywood for the cases. Then a face frame of solid wood is applied. Doors can be solid, frame and panel or raised panel.
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Billy, professional cabinet makers usually use veneered Baltic birch plywood for high end projects. Baltic birch has many more thinner layers of wood and no void spaces. This means much greater strength and stability. There are other sheet goods available for low priced cabinets. One example is Melamine laminated chip board. You cut the material to size and apply an edge treatment. On low priced cabinets this would be self adhesive Melamine veneer strips which stick on and are trimmed to size or on high end cabinets a solid wood trim.

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Just a quick question on case material.

Is BB plywood the same or better than cabinet grade ply?

I understand that cabinet grade also has no voids but may have fewer layers?

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Hi Billy.
Will your cabinets be a wood finish or painted?

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I would like to have a wood finish for the cabinets but do I need a cabinet grade plywood or
cabinet grade melamine material.
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Baltic Birch is a good choice for the cabinet box or carcass. The difference in "cabinet grade birch" and baltic birch plywood is minimal. The cabinet grade birch will have 7 to 9 plys while the baltic birch will have 13 plys. The cabinet grade is a little bit more stable and will finish much better if stained. The thicker final plys on the cabinet grade birch make it receive stain better. the cabinet grade birch will cost about 20 to 25% more than baltic birch ( at least in my area, I buy wholesale).
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