| I suppose I can make to with 1". They seem to have it.
Home Depot does? Home Depot is not the place
to look for hardwood plywood with good grain. A
lot of it isn't even flat. And you're thinking of buying
it sight-unseen? That's *really* not a good idea.
The one thing you can be sure of is that HD will be
trying to keep the cost down -- for you and for
them -- while providing something their average
customer will think is good enough. With cherry
that will probably mean you'll get cherry plywood
with sapwood veneers, resulting in the kind of
garish white-and-tan stripe look of cheap cherry
cabinet doors. Remember when HD had Mills Pride
maple cabinets? Mills Pride was their own front
company. I had to be careful picking doors and draw
faces. I saw both burnt or rotted black streaks and
green streaks in some of them, as well as small knotholes.
Most people accept that, figuring that maple is maple
and not having an eye for good grain. That's a big part
of how HD can make their cabinets cheap. The rest of
it is just particle board, so if they can make the actual
wood parts out of junk stock they can save big.
The back is also an issue. Will any backs show?
If so, does the HD plywood have good backs? The
plywood I buy is rated A2. The front is bookmatched.
The back is almost as good. Sometimes the grain just
isn't very interesting on the back. Sometimes it's hard
to tell which is the good side. If you're going to have it
shipped then why not get good product?
Another option, if you're not so picky about grain,
would be to go to a local lumber yard and look through
their birch ply. It's typically a bland mix of white and
darker veneers, meant to be painted. But sometimes
you can find very beautiful and consistent "red birch"
veneers covering a whole sheet, with flares of pink
and green. I once heard that means the tree was dying,
but it makes for beautiful grain.