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#1 posted 02-09-2012 07:33 PM

I examine a fair number of antiques and they are seldom
finished on the underside. Some primitive table top styles
like a slab top with no apron may benefit from finishing
top and bottom.

Both sides may be better, but when you make furniture
to sell, the customer won’t pay for it so the cost of the
bottom finish comes out of the builder’s pocket. Thus
generally man if not most tables have a basic finish
underneath if they are finished at all.

Veneer is a different story. If a top is veneered on top
it should be veneers on the bottom as well…. but again,
equal finishing is not needed unless top veneered
component is an unsupported one.

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