This was a set of bookshelves for a client that came out fairly well. I used import (Chinese I believe) Birch plywood for the cases and solid Maple for the face frames and the doors. One interesting point, I was EXTREMELY happy with the stain on the plywood (Cabot Red Mahogany), I thought it looked great. On the solid Maple on the otherhand, I was VERY dissapointed. The Maple didn’t seem to want to hold the stain at all. So the Maple ended up looking (in my opinion) much worse than the ply and also much lighter. I won’t be using that combination again, however, in the future I won’t be leary of using Chinese Birch ply!