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Kitchen Cabinet Materials
Just the name states, solid wood is solid wood. Not plywood, not particle board, not medium density fiber board, but solid wood all the way through. Sometimes solid wood cabinets are made of individual pieces joined together, but each piece is solid wood. Solid wood is not necessarily the best option as solid wood is more prone to warping that engineered wood products.
This is a form of engineered wood where wood chips and wood particles are fused together with some form of glue into boards and panels. Cabinets made of particle board are very common, where it’s used for everything: the boxes, shelves, and drawers.
The end view of a particle board panel is shown below.
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
MDF differs from particle board in that it is made of wood fibers, not wood chips and particles. It is considered more durable than particle board for this reason. It has a finer texture than particle board and is denser and heavier. Like particle board it is used to make cabinet boxes, shelves, and drawers.
In my humble opinion, this is what you want. Less prone to warping than solid wood and much more durable than either particle board or MDF.
As the name implies, plywood is make of various wood plies pressed together with an adhesive in a sandwich of sorts. It’s very durable because different plies run in different directions. Karate demonstrations never show someone breaking a plywood plank because they are very difficult to break. It is important to know that different qualities of plywood have different numbers of plies per inch. The more plies per inch the higher the quality.
Below is a picture of plywood showing what appears to be 5 plies in a 1/2 thickness.
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