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What is Wood Separation in Antique Furniture?

What is Wood Separation in Antique Furniture?

Posted by Aimee Talbot on 21st Jan 2013

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to film more blog posts! I’d like to share some of my knowledge about antique furniture with you, so I hope that you will find this helpful!

Wood separation is one of the things to look for as a clue to whether or not a piece of furniture is truly an antique. You’ll find wood separation, also called shrinkage, where joints of furniture come together. It looks like a gap or a space, and can also be manifested as a crack or split in the wood.

However, it might be easier for you to know what to look for if you understand what causes wood separation, or shrinkage, in the first place. It has to do with the relative humidity of the wood and how that is impacted by the temperature and humidity of the environment where the wood is kept.

We’ll look at more examples of wood separation in the next blog post! Please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to learn more about and I’ll see if I can help.


 Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!