A Couple of Words about Particle Board
Particle board is cheap, and that is why mass production cabinet manufacturers use it.
Why AWR does NOT Use It:
- Particle board is super hard, and it will not accept a screw without splitting,
even when pre drilled. Cabinets have to be stapled together, which is a substandard
and weak construction technique. Plastic corner buttresses have to be added in order
to keep a box together. It is still a weak box. At AWR we both staple our boxes
together, and then we back it up with 2" cabinet screws, for superior strength.
- Particle board is brittle, and weak when stressed horizontally. Shelves deflect
3-4 times as far as plywood, when loaded. A little too much weight and the shelf
will break in half.
- Particle board wicks up water like a sponge. If it sets in water for a bit of
time it will swell permanently and the cabinet will be destroyed. Our hardwood
plywood boxes can sit in water for days. When they dry out, they will be
- Particle board is made with formaldehyde based glue. It will outgas formaldehyde
gas forever contributing to unhealthy indoor air pollution. Not so with hardwood