Wood tables will occasionally warp.
Wood is a sponge like material made of cells and fibers that swell and shrink depending on the temperature and moisture in the surrounding air. When a tree is cut down, first of all the water in between the cells evaporates,
then some of the water inside the cells dries out. Drying from its green condition, wood will retain its original dimensions until the moisture content falls to about 30%. A certain percentage of water always remains.
With air-seasoning, the moisture content of most types of wood will fall to between 23 and 17%, at which level it will be in balance with the moisture content of the air around it.
In pre-central heating and air conditioning days, the wood would be stable enough to make into furniture. Wood table manufacturers now kiln dry lumber to further reduce moisture content and make the material more stable.
All manufacturers have some tolerance for some warping (as much as 1/8" per lineal foot). It is an unavoidable fact of nature. If you find you have warped table top immediately after receiving your order
we can help determine if the warping is within the manufacturer's tolerance.
To avoid warping after you begin using wood table tops a cool environment (72 degrees) with a relative humidity of
about 50-55% and a little bit of air movement is said to be ideal for wood objects in general.
Change thermostat settings gradually as seasons change. A sudden change in temperature
or humidity is the worst thing possible as moisture will be sucked out of or pushed into the material far too quickly causing tension inside it. Excess heat and dryness can even cause cracking and splitting.
Avoid extremely hot plates, excessive water allowed to stand for long periods. Also avoid vinyl table cloths and glass tops as they can prevent air circulation and cause warping.