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!


Joy Of Sourcing Genuine Antique Oak Furniture

Joy Of Sourcing Genuine Antique Oak Furniture

I have never really been one for looking too closely at how anyone has furnished their home.  Unless of course it’s in some ghastly clashing colourway, or the modern trend of black, greay, striped black and grey.  Or grey and black with a splash of even more garish red thrown in for good measure.  The stores seemed to be absolutely full of this awful selection […]

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House With Heirlooms From Civil War Days

House With Heirlooms From Civil War Days

I had the joy of visiting a really old house the other day – one that stated life before the civil war – the English one.  So that tells you it was pre 1640.  The family have not been the custodians all that long, it came to them via distant uncle who had remained unmarried and childless and my chum was the lucky, if somewhat […]

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Pub Fare Enhanced By Wonderful Early Oak Dressers

Pub Fare Enhanced By Wonderful Early Oak Dressers

I had the pleasure of taking a tour round a very old village recently as a member of my family has bought a stone conversion over that way.  All oak trees and country lanes.  The local villages are very pretty, lots of stone cottages, beautiful churches and importantly, stone and thatch pubs.  One such delight was chosen for our lunch on moving day – the […]

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