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Build Better Cabinets With the Best Plywood

Understand veneer-grading and plywood-core options to get the best-quality stock for your next project.

When you're building cabinets, you're probably going to need plywood, but the assortment of types and price ranges can be difficult to sort through. FHB contributing writer Matthew Teague offers this plywood survey to help you determine what you need for specific uses and how to spend your money wisely. Teague divides plywood styles into two categories, core options and veneer options. Plywood cores typically are one of four options: veneer core, MDF core, particleboard core, or combination core. Plywood veneers are either rotary-cut or sliced, which can be plank-matched or bookmatched. Teague also includes tips on the appropriate products to use for interior surfaces, drawer boxes, and cabinet backs.

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