Any well-made solid table will have a flat top when new. But how do you keep that top from warping with seasonal changes in humidity? Contributing editor Christian Becksvoort explains why the properties of wood make it liable to warp and how your choice of lumber has a lot to do with whether a table will cup or twist. Then, Becksvoort shares three ways to keep a top stable and flat for years to come—using aprons, cleats, or breadboard ends.

From Fine Woodworking #183