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Scaffold board tabletops & Pine tabletops, like many softwood furniture pieces, can exhibit movement and minor splits in response to changes in room temperatures, and this is considered normal due to the inherent characteristics of softwood. This natural behaviour is primarily caused by the unique properties of pine wood and is not a sign of poor craftsmanship. 


Here's an explanation of why this happens >>>

See our other types of tables tops made from Hardwood plus the very eco friendly Bamboo.

Moisture Content

Pine wood, like all types of wood, contains moisture. The moisture content of the wood can fluctuate depending on the surrounding environment, especially temperature and humidity. When exposed to different room temperatures or humidity levels, pine wood will naturally expand and contract as it gains or loses moisture. 

Expansion and Contraction

As room temperatures rise, the wood fibres in the pine tabletop absorb moisture from the air, causing them to expand. Conversely, in drier and cooler conditions, the wood releases moisture, and contracts. This expansion and contraction process is a fundamental characteristic of wood and occurs as the wood seeks to achieve equilibrium with its environment. 

Small Splits

During these natural cycles of expansion and contraction, the wood fibres may develop small splits or cracks, commonly referred to as "checks." These checks are typically superficial and shallow, and they run along the grain of the wood. They are not a structural concern and do not compromise the table's integrity. 

Scaffold Boards

Have even more unique characteristics. As the reclaimed scaffold board tabletops have been previously used on a construction site, you would clearly expect that each scaffold board will have a degree of history, such as the following but not limited to; 


- there may be different widths & thicknesses. 

- possibly contain nail holes. 

- have saw marks. 
- grainy fibre. 

- the boards may be slightly curved or cupped. 
- vary in hue. 
- contain rust residue, stains or even paint. 

- in some cases, the boards will have names of the construction company on the edges 


No two scaffold boards are ever the same.

Normal Softwood Behaviour

It's important to understand that these minor splits are a common feature of softwoods like pine. Softwoods have a more open grain structure compared to hardwoods, making them more susceptible to these natural movements. While hardwoods can also exhibit some movement, softwoods tend to do so more noticeably. 

Aesthetic Considerations

Many people appreciate the rustic and natural appearance of softwood furniture precisely because of these imperfections. They add character and charm to the piece, giving it a warm and inviting feel. 

Maintenance and Care

To minimise the effects of wood movement and splits, it's advisable to maintain a consistent indoor environment by controlling temperature and humidity levels. Additionally, using a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed can help stabilise the wood. Regularly applying furniture wax or polish can also help protect the wood's surface. 

In summary, the movement and occasional small splits in pine tabletops are a normal and expected characteristic of softwood furniture. These natural changes do not compromise the table's functionality or durability. Instead, they contribute to the unique and timeless appeal of wooden furniture, enhancing its beauty and individuality over time. 

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