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Maple rails, with a 3' x 4' center playing area, inset about 2.5" deep, with a recess to hide mat edges. The bottom is hard wood veneered plywood (cherry). I could have used standard plywood for the bottom as I can't imagine ever playing on it without a mat, but I happened to have a good full sheet of the cherry veneered plywood so I used that, and finished everything as if it were going to be seen.
I used my "normal" finishing method, which I swear by, and think I have described above: Analine dyes followed by 6 or so coats of Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss, followed by 2 coats of Arm-R-Seal satin, about 8 hours apart each coat, sanded lightly 300grit between coats. Takes lots of time but its smooth as silk and almost foolproof.