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!


Historic Treasure Quest Brought Furnishings to Life

Historic Treasure Quest Brought Furnishings to Life

I was doing a volunterring stint at a local historic house the other week.  On the front door, taking tickets from punteres.  It had been quiet for the morning session – not so unusual, when there’s a lot going on in an area, it’s difficult to draw folk away from other attractions.  However we had one family going round and the youngest child seemed unusually […]

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Holidays With Wooden Cabinets & Pebble Beaches

Holidays With Wooden Cabinets & Pebble Beaches

Ah the luxury of having a beach side holiday home – just the thought of being able to pack up the car with picnic boxes, bottles of fizz, sleeping bags and pillows and just toddling off to the coast for a weekend or two.  My parents did briefly own a share in a former railway carriage, down on the south coast.  The beach was not […]

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Grandpa’s Dining Chairs Deserved Total Respect

Grandpa’s Dining Chairs Deserved Total Respect

I have very few older relatives living near me now, so I make it a habit to visit them on a fairly regular basis.  I used to dread visiting one set of grandparents who were seriously ancient when I was a nipper – my parent was by far their youngest child and so they couldn’t help but be the oldest set.  Their house reflected this […]

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