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#1 posted 12-09-2012 03:38 PM

Just be glad the top didn’t split. Wood moves w/ changes in humidity. Interior winter air is very dry in most homes in North America. Plain sawn lumber moves the most in width, but not at all in length. So the top of the table shrank width wise while the end caps didn’t change in length. When milder temperatures return in the spring and the home heater is not running, the gap will probably disappear or at least be less noticeable. If you had used quarter sawn lumber you could cut that gap in half. That is why high end furniture makers like quarter sawn boards.

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