is plywood as economical as board lumber?
I'm building two sets of bookcases to go inside an oddly shaped closet I have--they're both going to be tall and skinny, and I'll have to make them in two pieces (one on top of the other) to be able to maneuver things around inside the closet.
So it's a lot of lumber, actually.
And I'm pretty picky about how deep I want the shelves, because I have to leave room for other stuff and how things will fit on them.
I can get the boards I need out of two 4x8 sheets of plywood (I did a diagram)--I'll have to pay the lumberyard to rip them for me at $1/cut ($12 total, I think). So, at @ $53/sheet, that's about $130.
My FIL acted like I was wrong to not use plain boards, so now I'm second-guessing myself. I'll need about 180 feet of lumber (though probably more, because that's simply adding them all together without worrying about wastage).
Isn't plywood my best bet?
(or MDF, but I'm not sure I want to use that; I'm using my new Kreg pocket-hole jig, and while it can work w/ MDF, I'm a little worried about whether I'll do it right.