It's important to balance looks, strength, and cost when choosing sheet goods for a project. Buying the best-looking plywood for every piece of a project can be an expensive proposition, particularly when less pricey sheet goods will do just as good a job or even better for painted cabinetry, drawer bottoms, shop furniture, or woodworking jigs. Sheet goods bring a lot of advantages over solid wood for certain projects. They cost less, are stronger and more stable, and resist warping better than solid wood. They're also time-savers, since sheet goods needn't be jointed or planed and are easy to glue and join. Learn the different types and how each should be used.

From Fine Woodworking #225