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#1 posted 03-08-2018 01:28 AM

It does look like something went through the finish and that the wood under the finish is very light colored. If you strip the whole top you will also have to try to match the color with a stain. Try scratching the finish off on a small spot on the underside to see if I’m correct about the natural wood color. If so approach touching up the spot carefully because a dark stain, colored wax. or furniture refinisher will soak in and then you will have a dark spot. I just ran into something like this on frame salvaged from an old bed. It looked like dark mahogany but then I cut it the wood was almost white. Probably some mahogany look alike. The color was all in the finish (not even stain).
So If my guess is correct I would try to re-color the spot with a stain (start with a light color like golden Oak, or possibly medium Walnut Danish oil. Then wax the whole thing with a good furniture was like Bri Wax. Of course start with a spot on the bottom to see what happens.

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