You could use a lot of different species of wood as the color is artificial. If it's not handled rough alder would be my first choice. I would stain it first with a light oil based mahogany stain and when dry use a dye stain to finish that color, perhaps modern mahogany or oxblood. To achieve that glass like high gloss finish you will need to spray the finish. I would recommend sealing it with a vinyl sealer and topcoating with a gloss pre-catalyzed lacquer. http://www.mohawk-finishing.com/catalog_browse.asp?ictNbr=178
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