Finishing my bottom

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Blog entry by BenhamDesign posted 09-28-2014 12:19 AM 1610 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Many times as furniture makers, we will put a finish on the underside of a tabletop to prevent it from warping or cupping. The theory being, if you put the same finish on the top as you do the bottom the moisture transfer will be equalized on all sides, helping to prevent wood movement. Regardless whether or not this theory is true, there are other reasons to finish the bottom of your tabletop.
Continue reading on my blog to see the real reason why I finish the bottom of my tables.

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 08:37 AM

Not sure a finished underside prevents warping since moisture evaporates mostly upward, but I do think that using the underside to try out finish and finishing techniques is a good idea, and a finished underside is a nice touch.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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