Dealing with cracks
Often furniture is manufactured to allow for movement; if you inspect the underside of a solid table for instance you will see that the table top is affixed to the apron or frame in a manner that allows the table top to expand and contract. The timber used for our rustic tables is rescued hardwood from discarded fences, as such the timber is too thin to make a solid table top so we affix them to either an MDF or plywood substrate. By directly attaching them to the substrate we restrict the movement and the results over time are cracks, making a rustic table even more rustic.
When you receive your rustic piece of furniture all the cracks, nail holes and crevices would have already been filled. We use an ebony wood filler as the black contrasts so well with the timber tones and makes these features really pop and become a characteristic of the item. Any future cracks that might occur can be dealt with in exactly the same manner if desired and it only takes a few minutes to do.
Being rustic you may have no problem at all with any cracks that have formed, it’s rustic and in it’s most basic definition, rustic describes a design that’s natural, rough, aged, and casual. However, in some instances it may not be practical to have cracks, this is no problem. Simply buy a small pot of ebony wood filler from your local Bunnings or hardware store, thumb it into the crack and wipe off the excess with a damp cloth or sponge and its ready for a coat or two of poly. It’s as simple as that.