My hopes for a maple or birch enclosure might be at an end... After getting a quote on a sheet of a quality maple laminated mdf, it was $80 a sheet. Since I'd need 2 sheets + a regular MDF sheet I decided not to make my box out of factory laminated MDF sheets. The cost was just too high. The 2nd sheet of maple would just be for a 14"x14" square top and base, (though the base can be made of regular MDF). I have decided to make the box from regular 3/4" mdf and paint it flat black to match my speakers, computer, and stands. It will cost $40 total for the wood since I already have the paint. I'm open to any other suggestions for wood or paint since I'll start building this friday and sunday. I would like the budget to be under $100 for wood and paint/finish. My friend said veneers cost a lot and I'd be better off paying the $160 for maple and using the extra for building a center channel stand and small a/v rack. Well here is the link to my box design with a few added pics.