Early Oak Furniture

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Welcome to Early Oak Furniture – your online hub for information and advice about Early Oak Furniture!  We are passionate about historical furniture, antiques and other oak paraphenalia, so check back here often to see what is new on our site.

Whether you are looking for advice on buying your first antique pieces, or you are a seasoned veteran, we have all the latest information, guides and advice to help you in sourcing and caring for your early furniture.  Older furniture really is a beautiufl art form, and with the right care and attention, it can last for many decades to come!

Have a read around our blog posts to get the latest news and ideas, or maybe check out how best to care for your oak furniture.  If you can’t find the answer to your particular query, you can always send us a message using the contact form on this website.

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Oak has always been a popular material for building furniture due to its strength and beauty.  It has a lovely grain, often meaning that scratches and spots can simply blend in.  But, seeing as oak is porous, it stains very easily adn without a glossy varnish as modern furniture often has, the staining can be very fast!  If not cared for properly, your oak furniture may dry out and crack.  The best ways to care for your oak furniture are to keep it out of the sun and other heated areas - it is very sensitive to temperature changes! If your furniture has care directions, always follow them!  Modern woods can be treated differently, so it is important to follow the manufacturers guidelines.  If your furniture doesn't have any directions or just has a light, clear finish, read on to see how to look after it.
  • Air out new furniture.  Leave drawers open to allow the odor from any oiling to dissipate.  You can keep the windows open if it is strong!
  • Sand and stain: untreated oak can be lightly sanded and stained with an oil or water based stain.  The stain leaves a lovely colour and finish.
  • Strip the wood: if the oak has bad staining on it or you'd like to change the look of it, you can always strip the wood.  Use varnish stripper to remove the varnish.
  • Seal oak: Oak which is not sealed can absorb dirt easily.  Apply a finish after staining.
  • Use quality wood furniture cleaner, not normal household cleaners.
  • Moisture: maintain shine and repeal water with furniture oil or wax.
  • Keep out of the sun and direct heat!
  • Clean up any spills quickly so as not to penetrate the wood!

News

Chance Remark Starts Antique Oak Furniture Quest

Chance Remark Starts Antique Oak Furniture Quest

My neighbours have just discovered the joys of taking their youngsters to historic houses – they try to find new places to explore almost every weekend.  This was started from a casual comment I made when their 7 year old told me how the Tudors used oak for absolutely everything and drew a rather fetching picture of a trestle table with the correct style of […]

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Having Tradition To Pass Down The Family

Having Tradition To Pass Down The Family

At our recent WI meeting, we had a lovely chap come to speak – he was local, from a village less than 8 miles away.  His accent was so rich, I wondered if he embellished it at all.  But I digress.  He was absolutely fascinating to listen to.  Being from a very long established local family, i.e. they had lived in the same part of […]

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Early Furniture For Heritage Promoting Families

Early Furniture For Heritage Promoting Families

There is only on really old house in my local town.  It seems amazing that at the turn of the previous centure, there were lanes and byeways full of thatched cottages of all shapes and conditions.  I can’ help wondering why it was felt necessary to tear them all down at various stages.  The life has gone out of every town when the old housing […]

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