A friend purchased a very large walnut dining table constructed of long 8"
walnut boards. One of the boards had a split at the end (the grain there was
basically rift-sawn). The split was filled with dyed epoxy. But the epoxy has
separated from one side; there is a minute gap between the wood and the epoxy
and the wood is very slightly elevated (not really visibly so but you can feel
it with your hand).
At my urging, my friend got a quote from a large very experienced restoration
company. They said it would cost $1,200 and would have to be fixed in their
shop. My friend is wondering how much to quarrel with the table's manufacturer.
How much should he be worried about this? (I'm concerned that continued
expansion and contraction will make the problem much worse, but perhaps it
wouldn't cause so much harm that it couldn't still be fixed?)