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.
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?
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.
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.
Can you make some bespoke furniture for me using your Waney Edge Timbers?
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.
Can you supply me with locally cut sustainable timbers for my project?
How do i finish my oak with an oil finish?
How to oil your oak
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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/
How do I clean and maintain my oak chopping board?
To clean Your wooden chopping boards you can either wash these under a tap with warm water and a mild detergent (not bleach) and use a soft cloth or sponge (not the abrasive side) then dry with a tea towel and allow it to air dry flat away from direct sunlight.
These are naturally antibacterial so you just need to clean the working area and simply maintain the condition of the board.
Once the oil starts to wear off or once a year, all you need to do is re-apply some mineral oil or just add some of our board butter (soon to be for sale on our website)
Just apply all over the board with a dry clean cloth, leave for a few minutes then wipe off.
The more you use your chopping board the more regularly you may need to do this.
it's that simple.