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.
We purchased this table and several chairs. Providence chairs and Portsmouth Chairs. Everything was excellent. Quality was beyond my expectations.
We were thrilled with our purchases. All came quickly and was exactly as advertised and shwn in picture. Not difficult ro pur together. Umbrella seems expensive but is well worth price as the wood underside is beautiful. Time will tell how furniture holds up. Pictures are coming.
Susan and William (SLT-2-A-PAIR Teak Chaise Sun Loungers), (21B-4-316 Dining Set)