Opinions on cabinet plywood grades/quality
Hoping to get a little insight from more experienced folks.
I started out using the Home Depot Radiata pine plywood. Roughly $30 a 4x8 sheet. It was good for testing and making shop cabinets, etc. I got the LR32 and wanted to make some 'nicer' wall cabinets for my shop so I moved up to the birch ply at HD, roughly $53 a sheet. I built 4 cabinets and I thought they were good. I wanted 2 more so I went back to HD, same bin, same everything, and the colors of this birch were no where near what I already had. Yep, I know it is an organic thing, nothing guaranteed about colors, grains, etc.
I have roughed out 4 projects for the house. Laundry room cabinets, replacing some Closet Maid wire stuff with built-ins, etc. I also wanted pre-finished. The folks at HD had no clue what pre-finished plywood was. I had read that Columbia Forest Products can be ordered and shipped to HD for pickup. The Columbia guys are great. We talked for a good bit and they sent me a quote on some sheet prices. I don't know what to expect based on these grades. I don't plan to paint any carcasses, just use their UV finish. A couple of places I will make doors and I think I may paint those.
Below are the quotes I got from them. I am hoping to get some guidance on 'worth the upgrade or not', while moving up this price list. I was told by Columbia that the birch stuff I have been getting is most likely grade C3.
For example, on the C grade prices, is the CC grade worth a 10% bump in price over the C2 ? For most of these 4 projects, the back side isn't really important. But I do want as nice and consistent as possible, face side.
It works out much better to get 10-12 sheets delivered instead of getting 1-2 at a time, having them cut down so they can fit in my son's SUV.
Appreciate any tips.