WHY USAKITCHEN.COM BUILDS PLYWOOD CABINET BOXES?
USAKITCHEN.COM only uses maple plywood to build our kitchen cabinet boxes. We always explain to our customer ” there are usually two options for cabinet box construction: plywood and particle board. PLYWOOD CABINET BOXES are made up of layers of wood veneer glued together, alternating the grain of the wood for stability. PARTICLE BOARD (also known as furniture board) is made of wood fibers glued and pressed together, sometimes using a mold”. Each material has benefits to consider.
Plywood cabinet boxes are generally thought to be the better product when building cabinets. It has superior construction longevity because it holds screws and other mechanical fasteners more efficiently. It has superior tensile and shearing properties (meaning it resists pulling forces and side-to-side movement) and a slight advantage in compressive strength (ability to bear weight), said Paul Kiefer, BBR staff member who has 20 years of experience as a woodworker. Also this material weighs less than particle board, which can be significant when hanging large cabinets. In addition, plywood holds glue joints together better than particle board and is more resistant to dents and scratches.
Because plywood is superior to particle board in many ways, it is usually the better choice if cost is not an issue. However, the fact that particle board is less expensive makes it a reasonable choice in many situations. If the cabinet is large and going to be hung, plywood may be the better option because it is lighter. In most other situations, particle board will work almost as well as plywood. When renovating, be sure to consider the benefits of plywood against the limitations of your budget to decide which choice is best.