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fracks3
Cracks in wooden table top

Hello--I purchased a wooden table that is essentially a puzzle piece table with various planks of wood glued together. A few days after receiving this table, which looked very nice, cracks starting developing and continue to grow. Two pieces are separating from the table and are no longer even as they once were.

The maker claims that this is normal, and he attributes it to the change in climate between his shop and my place, which is in the NE. I personally don't think that it's normal to develop cracks like this in a matter of days when it's brand new. I notice new cracks or worsening ones everyday; the crack in the photo extends across the entire table, width wise. I feel like the craftsmanship is lacking, and they didn't build it to accommodate any wood movement whatsoever. Am I wrong here? Thanks for any help

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

I would need to see the pictures to give a sound assessment, but it may be that the wood was not properly dried and finished.

Jack

dj1
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

You are right. The manufacturer is trying to brush you off.

What can you do now? Try to get an exchange or a refund.

Did you use a credit card to purchase the table? Call your bank and see if they can help you if the mfg balks.

fracks3
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

Thanks a lot for your replies. I was trying to attach pictures, but they keep rejecting my pics (size, I guess?). I'll keep trying...

fracks3
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

Yeah, I cannot figure out how to post a picture. I already sized it down to fit their jpeg specifications, but it refuses to upload it. Grrrr...

function
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

Upload to a photo sharing site like photobucket and post a link, it will save you frustration.

ed21
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

Without seeing a photo I will say that a new wood table should not have cracks in it. Was it sealed with oil or a solid finish? I agree with Jack's accessment that the wood wasn't properly dried before it was made. What kind of wood is it made from.

fracks3
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

Okay, thanks a lot for the suggestion--works a lot better. Here's a [link] with a couple of pictures.

fracks3
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

It's made from different types of reclaimed wood; I believe species like oak, cherry, wormy maple, etc. Looked really great until it started cracking all over the place. Posted a link to pics in a previous reply, so should be coming through soon.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

I would love to see how it is fastened down to the frame. I suspect it was not connected to allow for expansion and contraction. There also seems to be a lot of movement which suggests the wood was not properly dried. I would say amateur work at best.

Jack

ed21
Re: Cracks in wooden table top

It looks like the glue joints failed. Could be improper drying of the wood and/or the fact that different woods were used. The glue might of been bad or not allowed to set properly.
A while back I repaired a table made of strips of maple similar to your photos. Many of the glue (hide) joints had failed and the rest were so weak they were easily broken. This table had been stored in an attic for 20 years or so. I used yellow carpenters glue on the joints & it has held up well for years.
In any event I think what you have is unacceptable and the maker is BSing you. If a table can't go from his shop to your house without falling apart something is wrong.

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