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.

Happy browsing and enjoy your stay!

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

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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Historic Trails Show Off Ancient Wooden Beauty

Historic Trails Show Off Ancient Wooden Beauty

On a recent visit to York, my companion and I had many a fine wander round – we had no particular plan, just to see as much of the city as we could in 3 days.  We were booked into a hotel from a chain of them – this one was conveniently placed for buses into the city and the hotel made sure we knew […]

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Oak Furniture Makes History Feel Real

Oak Furniture Makes History Feel Real

The time has come to start thinking about all my visits out this year.  The heritage memberships have been bought, the cards and parking stickers are in the wallet.  All I need now is the good weather and the energy to get out there and make the very most of the days out.  There is truly something special about being able to access properties that […]

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