So, I've been reading a lot in threads about how staining MDF is bad (the shelving thread in the Construction forum) and about veneer in here, so I figured I would post this up in case anyone else is intrested in giving it a go. The trick is to lay on the stain in such a way that it creates a pattern that resembles real wood. Below is a picture of the final product, and a description of how to do it. Click on the image to view the monstrously large one: It's actually pretty basic, just takes time to get the strokes right. First, clean the surface (of course). Next, using a thick bristled brush, forget everything you know about staining wood, and use the stain like paint. You're going to want to make long strokes, and keep them from being the same length. Overlap each stroke, but not by the same amount each time, too consistent makes it look real fake. Also, make sure you're not laying it on TOO thick, you should still be able to get a "transparent" feel from looking at it. Once it dries, you should have a fairly flat surface with a slight ripple if you slide your finger across the "grain." So, now you sand using a fiarly fine grit, say 120. Then lay on the polyurithane. I put it on thick the first time, to fill in some slight irregularities in the coat of stain, then sanded and did about 4 light coats from there. Lastly, slap on some furniture polish (I prefer just spraying some nice lemon scented pledge) and whala, instant finish.