Frequently asked questions

How long will it take to get my Waney Edge Timber delivered to me?


If you are ordering sawn Waney Edge Timber that we have in stock, then you should receive your timber within around 6 working days from placing your order. If ordering waney edge shelves, waney edge sills, tables, desktops, worktops or bartops then these are all made to order and will take longer.




I would like to make a Waney Edge table top or bar top, if i buy a slab from you can you shape and flatten it off for me and then post it to my door?


Yes! If you choose the oak slab that you like and tell me the dimensions you require, i will then flatten and shape the oak slab, wrap it up and post it to you. All you need to do is add the legs and some oil or wax. For large slabs we may only be able to deliver these within 80 miles of our workshop. please message us for a price




How flat are your large Waney Edge sawn Slabs


All of our large sawn slabs vary, most are straight some are great and a few are slightly cupped or twisted, we will normally sort out all the cupped or twisted slabs and these will be cut up for other timber sales. No big sawn slab is naturaly plumb flat, these are unfinished sawn slabs that require finishing off. Remember you will always need to buy a thicker and wider slab than what you will want to end up with as you will genrally lose 15mm of thickness flattening off a large slab




What is a sawn slab or a sawn piece of timber?


The term 'sawn' refers to the saw marks that will be on the slab or timber and are from where they were cut with a bandsaw from the log. Sawn slabs are rarely plumb flat and are usually a little uneven and are sold as unfinished slabs or timbers. These are easy to finish off using the right tools and correct amount of elbow grease. On all of our sawn slabs if needed we can supply a flattening and sansing service to save you time.




Can you make some bespoke furniture for me using your Waney Edge Timbers?


Yes! We can make Bespoke furniture and still post this direct to your door depending upon the size and where you live. We currently have a lead time of around 4 weeks depending upon how busy we are, this is constantly changing so please email us to find out what out current lead time is.




What is the moisture content of your timbers?


Moisture content or Mc. is very important to know, the lowest and most stable for inside joinery will be our kiln dried or KD timber, this is normally at arounf 12% Mc. Then for inside or outside joinery where a little movement or shrinkage is ok, there is our well Air dried timber AD or WAD (WAD is airdried for longer) Then for outside joinery we have fresh cut seasoned timbers. The wettest will be green timber. these are cut from a freshly felled tree. an average the Mc. of these timbers are as follows: KD; 9/12% WAD: 12/15% AD: 15/18% AD from fresh cut seasoned logs:18/35% GREEN up to 100%




Can you supply me with locally cut sustainable timbers for my project


Yes! We can supply you with locally cut sustainable timbers, cut and milled within 80 miles of where we are based.




How do i finish my oak with an oil finish?


How to oil your oak

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For this I use a clean sponge or lint free cloth. Its best to use some nitrile gloves for this, don’t use cheap latex gloves as these will dissolve with the oil.

This can be a messy job so probably best to do outside on the lawn or lay a plastic dust sheet down.

(Not on a patio as stone is porous and will absorb any spilt oil.)

Step 1.

Either pour a little oil onto the oak or just dip the sponge in to the oil then apply to the oak, just rub the oil up and down with the grain working quickly to start.

Once you have oiled all faces and edge of the oak, do the same again. Just keep applying the oak with the oil not flooding it but enough to make the surface wet.

Do this at least 4 more times continually. What this does is allows the oak to soak up the oil into the wood.

Step 2.

Next get a clean lint free cloth or an old cotton t shirt and make a square the size of a dinner plate. Now buff off all the excess oil. This will need to be done within 5 minutes of the last application of oil.

If you leave it too long the oil may become very sticky.

If you get this problem just add some more oil and buff off immediately. You want to remove all excess oil so that the oak now looks matt and not glossy or wet.

After any application of oil do not put the wet cloths straight into the bin, there is a danger that these could combust on very hot days. You can either lay these out to dry or simply put them in a bowl of water.

Now leave the oak until totally dry.

Step 3.

You may need to very lightly sand the oak at this stage as often the first application of oil will rise the grain and make the oak feel a little rough.

Just rub lightly with some sand paper that is 180 grit or up to 240 grit (never use wire wool as this will react to the tannins in the wood and the oak will go black)

After sanding wipe any dust off with a tack cloth or clean cotton rag.

Step 4.

Now apply a single coat of oil. Keep rubbing the oil into the oak in a circular motion as if you’re polishing the oak with the oil. Then leave for 5 minutes and buff off all excess oil until the oak goes matt with a clean cotton or lint free cloth.

Leave for about 6 hours or until dry and repeat step 4 a couple of times again.

Danish oil is good for inside use, if the oak is being used outside you can use Tung oil or if a very tough oil is needed then try Le Tonkinois varnish. https://www.letonkinoisvarnish.co.uk/