General. Your new furniture is mainly constructed from solid hardwood. This is a natural material and as such its colour and texture may vary from piece to piece even within the same species. It will also “move” slightly depending on temperature and humidity of the room in which it is placed. This can give rise to small cracks particularly it long joints between boards. This should not be regarded as a defect and such changes will usually change back when ambient conditions revert to normal.
Finishes. Most of the furniture I make is finished with four or five coats of air-drying oil which is smoothed and polished between each coat. It is finally wax polished to a silky sheen. This surface is fairly durable and optimises the natural beauty of the wood. Any liquid spills should be wiped away as soon as possible and you should avoid putting anything hot on the surface. If the surface is damaged it can be easily restored with wax polish.
Tables. Especially Dining Tables are sealed with a 2-part lacquer before the subsequent oil finish detailed above. This gives a more durable surface but does tend to mask some of the texture of the wood. However, the lacquer does limit penetration of liquid into the wood itself making the table more user-friendly.
•Lightly polish all visible surfaces with a wax polish, either solid from a tin or an aerosol. Do this weekly for the first two weeks and then whenever the wood looks dry.
•Mop up any liquid spills as soon as you can.
•Keep your furniture away from radiators or large windows which could lead to abnormal temperature changes.
•Wood will change colour over time and mainly by exposure to light. If you leave a solid object on a surface in bright sunlight it will leave a patch so try to move things about regularly.
Effects of about two years sun exposure on rippled Ash