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.
06/29/16 We bought our chairs for use around a fire pit (to be purchased) this fall. We are thrilled with the quality. These chairs are substantial. The patio is 12 foot wide for reference. SS in Franklin, TN. (Hydepark Chair, See Photo Here)
We purchased this Rectangular Extension Table and some Peabody stacking chairs. The table and chairs are both excellent, and went together easily. I had looked around at local retailers for a teak set [we live near the coast and nothing lasts as long as teak in the salty air] and found them all to be high priced and stuffy. Luckily we found Goldenteak. Quality is excellent [even better than that I saw in local retailer display models]. Fit and finish are excellent. I would certainly recommend Goldenteak to anyone. You can get the very highest quality for considerably less, and you get a lifetime warranty.