Originally Posted by Mr. Moo
I actually thought about asking SG for a quote a couple of weeks ago
The R&B piece I mentioned is actually 90% solid wood according to the site:
"We source our solid woods within the U.S., which has some of the strictest forestry standards in the world. Every board is hand selected for color consistency and strategically placed to create a cohesive appearance. The natural markings of the wood make each Hudson piece one of a kind. Hudson is constructed entirely from solid wood, except for the back panel and drawer box bottoms. Exterior back panels are unfinished wood veneer, while visible interior backs are finished wood veneer that matches the piece."
Appreciate the thought.
IMO, They're laying it on a little thick there...that's a very long way of saying that they're doing glue-up panels with some basic selection process involved. The backs are likely veneer over MDF, but they might be veneer over ply, either way is fine and quite acceptable.
They're also saying that they aren't consistent piece to piece, so the end user will have to live with some variegation. I also think that's quite fine, the alternative for most manufacturers is to stain the walnut with a 'toner' that makes it all look the same and removes the look of the sapwood. Only the top top manufacturers are going to be able to price mature growth lumber into their product or at the very least VG lumber (vertical grain) and leave it unstained, so they're smart to basically say 'there is variegation, live with it'.