I can't offer any specific advice, but I wonder how much difference it would be from finishing some mdf veneered ply?
I did mine with what I call the Rennie method. Basically a seal coat of lacquer, and some wipe on satin poly, and I finihsed it up with a littel paste wax.
Ended up looking pretty decent and it's what I generally use anymore.
Hopefully someone more skilled will chime in soon.
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