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Quality Cabinet Materials

By Matthew Stone

In the world of custom cabinetry, many questions arise about the types of wood commonly used. Which woods last and which may not wear well over years of hard use are additional questions. In our New York Custom Furniture company, we’ve constructed and installed countless cabinets, wall units and custom radiator covers for clients all over the New York and New England areas. And depending on the customer’s tastes, the design and other unique factors, different materials work well for different situations.

Different customers have unique requirements that often drive decisions on which kind of materials to use for particular projects. Still, there are a couple of characteristics of commonly used materials for cabinet construction: Plywood, Veneer and MDF.

Plywood: Long known as the “workhorse” of the construction industry, this material is also frequently found in many custom cabinetry projects. This manufactured board is composed of several layers, or “plies” of wood glued together to form a panel. Among its many benefits, plywood is strong, lightweight, and stable. There is special cabinet grade plywood that is also an ideal material for building the bottoms, backs and sides of cabinets. Plywood is available in a wide range of thicknesses and can be composed of different materials. For example, cherry ply wood may be used with a cherry veneer for the outer face or surface while interior materials might be of spruce or alder.

Veneer: Veneer is not a bad thing – Really! Some of the most stunning, highest quality furniture could not be made without it. Real veneer is very thinly sliced wood that is intended to be glued to a substrate such as a secondary wood, plywood or an MDF panel. There are many situations where veneer is a more desirable choice than solid wood. Once glued to an appropriate substrate, veneer is more stable and less susceptible to movement caused by changes in humidity. In addition, veneer allows for exceptional control of both the color and grain of the finished project as well as the possibility to create a range of visual patterns that cannot be achieved any other way. (Think Art Deco. Think Modern.) If used correctly, there is very little chance that the veneer will chip, crack, or separate from its backing.

MDF Also known as “Medium Density Fiberboard,” this material is made up of wood fibers and resins bound together in the manufacturing process by heat and pressure. This material is also a high quality construction material that works quite well for custom cabinetry as well as other forms of furniture construction. Do not confuse MDF with particleboard however. Particleboard is simply a terrible material to use. MDF is smooth and stable and is a great choice for substrate to which a quality veneer can be attached. Or, for panels where lacquer or paint is to be applied, this material will serve the purchaser well. Owing to its consistent surface, this material is not apt to “telegraph” or show through extremely thin veneers. As this material is an engineered wood product, MDF is also available in varieties that are water resistant and can contain recycled and formaldehyde-free resins. As far as “green” construction material goes MDF is a solid option and a quality material for furniture and cabinetry.

The Hat Factory Furniture Company delivers particular, custom cabinetry, kitchen design and wall units to discriminating clients throughout the northeast. Using only the best materials and exceptionally experienced craftsmen, we work with each client to understand her or his particular requirements and tastes. Learn more about New York Custom Kitchens and Cabinetry by visiting our web page.

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