Larger casework, such as kitchen cabinets, library bookcases, or other built-ins, generally includes veneered plywoods as well as solid wood. Each is used according to its merit, evaluating form and function, and in keeping with the budget of the project. The fact is, plywood allows for a more stable and economical coverage of larger surfaces compared to most solid woods. But veneered surfaces used artfully have a long history in high end woodworking, and veneers also provide a way to derive more value from a log. If a painted surface is desired, the focus will be on line, shape and color rather than figure or pattern, allowing the use of lower cost materials. When a client asks about some built-in cabinetry, one of the first questions I ask is whether it is to be painted or a natural wood color.
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