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