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@kindanewbieUnless this was a typo, it sounds like although you finish both sides, almost all pieces you have seen were NOT both finished. Soooo, doesnt that mean it is, in fact, more myth? Im confused because some comments after your seemed to say finish both sides. Sounds like one of those issues where there seems to be little agreement? At the very least I dont see the harm in finishing both sides.
Not necessarily myth. I am not sure what factors are at play. Could have something to do with age or maybe construction methods or wood drying methods. Maybe has something to do with the interior environment. Dont know. Was just making a statement about my observations that are contrary to popular belief.
I was raised in a 'finish both sides' world and from habit, I finish both sides of a table top. One, because it makes more sense and two, because I spray lacquer and it only takes seconds to spray the other side and only minutes to dry.
If I am building a dresser or chest, I only finish the outside. I also dont finish the drawers either. Only the drawer fronts. I make the box and the fronts are 'add-ons'.
Next time you pass an antique shop, stop and go in and check it out for yourself.