Travis,When i was at your shop and you were building the 38 Duffy Wee Jack....your dad had a material that looked like plywood but with a white face.....your dad said he had to blind fasten it....is that the mdo??
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That material might just be single faced MDO, without doing the thump test (knocking the material with your knuckle and listening to the report) it's hard to say, also those are small photos so it is very hard to determine the quality of the finish in the product. Some wax goes a long way after all, say a nice butcher block paste wax for example and a little touch from the heat gun. All kinds of tricks to bring out that extra fine shine.