In both the manufacturing and finishing of handcrafted oak, cherry maple and walnut furniture we try to bring forth the character and beauty of the wood. Al hardwood lumber has variations in the color and grain; this is part of its natural beauty. But these variations make it impossible to guarantee an exact match in finish between tow pieces of furniture, even though identical finishing processes are applied. These characteristic qualities give solid wood furniture its unique charm.
A Natural Fiber
Hardwoods are a natural fiber. Because most solid wood are open grained, your solid wood furniture will breath, expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes even after protective finishes have been applied. These minor cracks are part of the natural beauty of the wood. Care in controlling the furniture’s environment can help minimize cracking and warping.
Keep the indoor humidity in the 35 to 45 percent range to minimize these effects. Ultraviolet light from the sun and fluorescent fixtures can cause chemical changes in the wood and/or furniture finish, so avoid placing you furniture in an area where the sun will shine directly on it. Keep furniture away from directs sources of heating and cooling. Avoid storing furniture in an attic or cellar type environment.
If the humidity move out of the ideal range, solid wood table tops could expand or contract, causing a gap in the center or at the ends where the two halves meet. It can also cause splits or cracks in the grain pattern and joints of the wood panels. These are not abnormal – the table is not considered defective.
Generations of Pleasure
With proper care, though, your table will last your entire lifetime and make a treasured heirloom for future generations.