What is cabinet-grade plywood?

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What is cabinet-grade plywood?
Cabinet-grade plywood is the highest quality plywood. (Unfinished Plywood Background image by Gary Chorpenning from Fotolia.com)

The Engineered Wood Association sets the standards for plywood grades. The four main plywood grades are A, B, C and D. Both sides of the plywood receive a letter grade based on the condition of the wood. Cabinet-grade plywood receives an A or B grade for both sides.

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Characteristics

The surface of cabinet-grade plywood is sanded smooth and contains few defects. The solid core layers of the plywood contain fewer holes; hardwood plywood is stiff and is an excellent choice for weight-bearing cabinetry.

Material

Maple, oak, cherry and birch comprise the veneer of cabinet-grade plywood. These hardwoods possess appealing grains and fewer knots than all-purpose soft pine plywood.

Cost

Cabinet-grade plywood costs more than the other plywoods. The higher price is due to the finer materials and more attentive manufacturing process.

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