Bit of a noob question....
I have designed all of the flatwork for my office project in 18mm sheet material... but I now have the vexed question of ply vs. MDF.
It's all going to be in Sapele Veneer, finished with Sapele Face Frames.
There seems something really ersatz about MDF, and a bit concerned about all the formaldehyde emissions e.t.c. but with blockboard, I am worried that the edges are going to be hard to finish. When I have been to some professional cabinetmakers building repro furniture, it seems as if everything is crashed out in MDF... but I am thinking maybe this is for commercial reasons, rather than making a quality product.
The blockboard will be a bit more pleasant to lag up the stairs, wont sag under weight.... it just seems like the better solution..
Also, what thickness Ply for the rear board of my bookshelves... They are going to be big old shelves... 8ft high, 80cm wide. I was wondering would 12mm be overkill?