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I have a Restoration Hardware farmhouse style table made from reclaimed oak. Has been in my home in NJ for 4 years, seen all four seasons. The breadboard appears to be mortise/tenon fixed with wood dowels. There has never been any movement to date, the ends of the table where it meets the breadboard have always remained perfectly flush. Can you explain this to this novice as I am looking to build one of these in the future?
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I have a Restoration Hardware farmhouse style table made from reclaimed oak. Has been in my home in NJ for 4 years, seen all four seasons. The breadboard appears to be mortise/tenon fixed with wood dowels. There has never been any movement to date, the ends of the table where it meets the breadboard have always remained perfectly flush. Can you explain this to this novice as I am looking to build one of these in the future?
It's mostly the reclaimed wood. When wood is cut from a tree it shrinks a lot in the first year or so and as it ages slows more and more. By it being reclaimed wood it is pretty much settled. That doesn't mean it can't still shrink. If the area where you lived got into a severe drought or you moved to a dryer climate then the wood would start shrinking again. Likewise if you moved to a much wetter climate then the wood would start swelling. It's moisture content is regulated by the environment it is in. That is why when you buy wood flooring they tell you to store the flooring where it is to be laid for several days before you put it down. A person could lay a floor and look perfect and when it dries and shrinks develop gaps in the joints.
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