Solid wood furniture
About solid wood
Solid tabletops are made of boards that are glued together. Before gluing we sort and match the boards for an entire tabletop to make sure that its overall appearance is as well-balanced as possible. Here we consider their difference in structure, colour, content of knots etc.
After gluing the tops they are placed in a controlled environment for a few days. Then they are processed in size, sanded and finally finished with oil, soap or lacquer.
Wood absorbs and emits moisture mostly through the pores of the cross-cut boards. If the table has centre joints, changes in air humidity may cause a slight change in the size of the top resulting in minor openings at the edge or in the middle. If the table is placed in a room with normal air humidity and temperature, the joint will be tight most of the year though.
When solid wood changes this way, you will be able to feel the joints between the different components. Solid tabletops easily bend a little and get visible, small cracks between the grains.
These are insignificant as to the durability of the table. If you wish to close these small cracks use suitable wood filler.
Small changes are inevitable. These are not defects but simply prove that the item is made of a living material. However, as wood adapts to its surroundings solid furniture must not be kept in rooms with major fluctuations in air humidity and temperature.
You should therefore avoid placing your furniture in humid, unheated rooms.