Tabletop Wood Movement Explained

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Wood movement can be a terrible frustration. There’s nothing like seeing your table top warp over time after you worked so hard on it. However, if you know that wood movement is an issue and that it actually does happen, then you can plan for it and prevent many problems associated with seasonal wood movement.

It’s helpful to know the different types of wood movement such as cupping, warping, expansion, contraction, and twisting.
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