Classic Timber Choices: the Benefits of Oak

Classic Timber Choices: the Benefits of Oak

Published on Friday, November 24, 2017

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Classically used for creating bespoke pieces of furniture, oak is also a beautiful choice for cabinetry, doors or flooring. A versatile timber, check out our solid oak furniture blocks to see the range of uses for this particular type of wood.

What can oak be used for?

Oak can be easily stained with a variety of finishes, so it’s perfect for creating quality bespoke furniture. Oak is most suitable for making:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Doors
  • Flooring
  • Panelling
  • Veneers
  • Boats
  • Outdoor fencing

What does oak look like?

Oak’s heartwood is a yellowish brown colour, whilst its light sapwood provides quite a distinct contrast. The grain is generally straight, but it can vary depending on growth conditions.

Oak’s working properties

European oak machines well, though pro-boring is advised as nailing or screwing can be difficult. Galvanized nails are also recommended as oak reacts with iron and you wouldn’t want to damage its beautiful natural aesthetics. As oaks can be stained with a wide range of finishes, it’s perfect for making long-lasting fine furniture.


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Oak timber profile:

  • Strength: Good
  • Weight: 720kg/m3
  • Typically grows: Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa.
  • Maximum tree height: 30m and 1.2m to 1.8m diameter
  • Availability: Widely available
  • Fun fact: European Oak’s scientific name is Quercus Robur

See the wide range of oak available from our Joinery & Woodworking Centre or take a look at our solid oak furniture blocks. Could oak be the right timber for your next project?