Cabinet bodies can be made from a variety of materials. The most common is wood, specifically, hard-rock, curly, or birdseye Maple. Other woods can be used; however, for structural integrity, harder woods typically are used. Some manufacturers are using an all-maple dieboard, which is a high-quality plywood.
Cabinets can be finished in a variety of ways, including:
- Laminate-covered wood (formica, mica, etc.)
- Lacquer-finished wood ("painted")
- Stick-on vinyl covering over wood (original MCI, for example)
- Stained and lacquered veneer over wood
Aluminum is often also used in the body construction as bracing, to form a complete frame over which the wood is attached, or to form a back apron. Some aluminum frames are welded and wooden inserts are dropped in for the top decks.