We have large stocks of air dried oak available for national or international delivery. Our timber is priced at a cubic rate and is perfect for aesthetic or construction use.
For a free estimate, plus some expert advice on how to best use air dried oak beams for your project, call us on (01825) 723 648 or complete our contact form to get a quote.
Air Dried Oak Beams and Posts
We have a huge selection of air dried oak beams in stock at our Sussex Timber yard. We have a range of sizes from smaller 1 inch boards to 12 inch square beams. You can either choose our semi-seasoned beams as they are, or cut and prepared to suit your specific needs. We also offer a full range of preparation services including sanding, waxing, hand-working and stop chamfers. See our finishes page for more information.
Our air dried beams and posts are perfect for a diverse range of applications, including:
- Structural or aesthetic feature beams
- Garden structures
- Fireplace beams
Our air dried oak products are all very well seasoned, so the quality and durability is guaranteed.
We also stock joinery-quality air dried oak that’s perfect for use in interior work and both indoor and outdoor furniture.
What is Air Dried Oak?
Air dried oak is green oak that’s been cut to size and left out in the air to dry naturally. It might also be referred to as semi-seasoned oak.
When oak is green – that is, freshly cut – it has a very large moisture content. Oak shrinks as it dries. So when green oak is used in construction, the joints in the frame have to be specially designed so that the weight of the build settles as the oak dries, shrinks, and moves.
So green oak is perfectly suited for use in new build construction. But when you’re fitting new beams into your home for aesthetic reasons, this movement can cause problems.
This is where air dried oak beams come in. These are beams that have already done the majority of their shrinkage in the air, under no pressure. So when they’re fitted to an existing frame, the amount of movement will be minimal. As oak is a natural wood, air drying doesn’t eradicate movement entirely. But it does significantly reduce it, allowing you to fit air dried oak beams to your home with total peace of mind.
But there’s another benefit to air dried oak. As it dries and shrinks, small splits and cracks form in the timber. This adds a huge amount of natural character without compromising on the oak’s innate resistance and durability. It’s for this reason that air dried oak is a popular choice not just for aesthetic beams, but also for building furniture for both the home and the garden.
Using Air Dried Oak for Furniture
With its characterful cracks and splits, many people admire the naturally aged look of air dried oak. Even better, this authentically-aged appearance comes with no compromise on strength, integrity, or durability. It’s for these reasons that air dried oak is a popular choice for use in furniture.
We have air dried oak planks, beams and boards in sizes suitable for a diverse range of furniture projects, from dining room tables to shelving. Just tell us what you want to achieve, and we’re sure to have the perfect timber to make your project come to life.
Prices – How Much Do Our Air Dried Oak Beams Cost?
The amount you pay will vary depending on the size and complexity of your project, as well as any additional services, finishes and effects that you require.
Every piece is priced by the cubic foot, so you’ll pay by volume of timber. If you want something in a nonstandard size, it may have to be cut from something larger. We will choose the most cost effective way of supplying the timber..
For a free estimate for your project, please call us on (01825) 723 648 or complete our contact form.
Delivery across the UK and internationally
You can get air dried oak beams delivered direct to your door in no time. Our delivery service is every bit as bespoke as our supply service – we’ll tailor a solution based on your specific needs.
We try to make our deliveries as efficient and economical as possible. For smaller beams we can dispatch door to door using a courier. But if we’re delivering a lot of timber across a larger distance, we’ll either use our own vehicle and driver or a specialist haulage firm, depending on what works best in terms of time and cost.
Get an amazing new look for your home at an amazing price. Get in touch today for a free quote and some expert advice on how to make your project a lasting success.
For a free estimate, and for our expert advice on finding the perfect air dried oak beams for your project, call us now on (01825) 723 648 or complete our contact form.