Checking is a term used to describe small cracks that appear on the end grain of the wood. These checking cracks would most likely occur at the ends of the slats, ends of the arms or anywhere where end grain is exposed. This is completely natural and not a cause for concern. These checking cracks will stabilize in the first few weeks of exposure.
06/08/2016 - I received the set .I was surpised it was not put together (the chairs) it was no problem thou to put together the quality of the wood was surprisingly good . I would make one change and that would be to taper the wood pins so they would help aline the holes a little easer. 2 coats of teak oil and my set is outstanding in color. I am a wood refinisher and I am happy. PJ Bothell, WA (Teak Patio Dining Set for 6 Rectangular Table 6 Millbrook Chairs )
the furniture is great. I am amazed to have found this quality online. Our local store had a table with half the thickness and nearly double the price We are recommending you to our friends and family. thanks David Brooklyn, NY