Pressboard and pressed wood are both types of manufactured wood substitutes, but they are not the same as particleboard. In fact, they are slightly stronger than particleboard. Pressboard is made from recycled paper scraps, while pressed wood is made from wood scraps. The difference lies in the process of production, where heat and adhesive are applied instead of the extrusion method used in particleboard.

Both pressboard and pressed wood use a layering process with wood veneers, which are thin sheets of wood. Although each veneer is not very strong on its own and is typically only 3mm or 1/8-inch thick, they are glued and pressed together to form a much stronger board. The main advantage of using pressboard and pressed wood is that they are more cost-effective. However, these materials usually require the addition of a skin or laminate to cover their irregular texture. For a modern industrial appeal, Kerf-style cabinets could be constructed using exposed raw wood.