Sheet goods — plywood, hardboard, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard — are made in staggering variety. If you shop exclusively at a home center, you might not realize how many options there are, and you certainly won’t get material suitable for your kitchen cabinet.
Instead, look in the Yellow Pages under “Plywood & Veneers — Wholesale and Manufacturers.” Or search online; woodfinder.com is a good site that can direct you to a plywood wholesaler in your area.
The most popular choices are surely plywood and melamine-coated particleboard, better known as MCP or simply melamine.
MCP is popular because its cost is lower than plywood’s and it has a smooth, washable surface.You don’t have to apply a finish. White is the color you see at a home center, but a wholesaler will have a full pallet of colors. The drawbacks are the weight of the stuff (it is very heavy) and the coarseness of its particleboard core.