Woodworking FAQ: How to Deal With Wood Shrinkage and Expansion

Use this woodworking guide’s Q&A to craft around wood’s predisposition to shrink or expand with fluctuations in humidity or temperature.

Flatsawn Versus Quartersawn
Quartersawn boards are best used for a tabletop because they’re more stable than flatsawn boards. Due to the orientation of the grain, quartersawn boards will tend to expand and contract less across their width and be less prone to cupping. 
MELANIE POWELL