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UIV Birch vs. Melamine1/21
OK, I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I can't find specifics relevant to us.
We have been asked to do a kitchen using UV birch, so now seems like a good time to do a thorough consideration. I know there are shops that use it and love it, but I just don't see how it would be better for us than how we do things now.
Us: a very small custom shop, building face-frame cabinets (integral, not modular). We use melamine interiors. For finished ends and upper bottoms we use melamine 1 side and wood veneer on the other as part of the cabinet body. Face frames are glued and clamped, then flushed and sanded on finished ends. All cabinets are finished after assembly.
With what and how we build, I just don't see where we would save time and/or money using UV birch. Am I missing something here?
I don't see that it would save any time, and would probably cost more money than melamine. Advantages are lighter weight / easier to handle and IMO I like the appearance better than melamine, but that's ultimately up to the customer.
If you have been asked to use UV birch that's what I would use. Just price it accordingly.
We use it when requested otherwise our go to is melamine. I think the advantage of the birch is it is lighter and looks more like furniture. It is not as flat as melamine or as consistent in thickness. I think melamine is more abrasive resistant. I am assuming the birch is veneer core.