I just finished making my stereo/entertainment center. Its painted, so
the entire thing is made of MDF. Fine WoodWorking did an article a
while back about how if you're going to paint a cabinet anyway, MDF
might be the best material to ues. I bring this up only because you
could paint it black or whatever, and skip the laminating process. The
only thing I've ever laminated is Formica, so I don't know about other
thinner laminates, but that requires that use of a router, which if
you're new to woodworking you might not have.
MDF is great because it paints well, is very consistent in thickness,
and doesn't warp much if at all. The primary concern is that it lacks
rigidity, which can be overcome if you design you cabinet properly.
That being said, if you're building a 2' x 4' cabinet to put stereo
equipment on, it won't be much of a concern. Butt joints and screws
probably would be a good fastner with MDF but its not with Particle
Board (or plywood for that matter) either. Simple dadoes do the trick
as would some sort of a cleat (3/4" strip of wood to support the