Air Dried Oak Beams

Air Dried Oak Beams

Great for oak-framed buildings, smaller projects, and bespoke furniture, with national or international delivery

Air Dried Oak Beams

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.

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Our air dried beams and posts are perfect for a diverse range of applications

  • Structural or aesthetic feature beams
  • Cladding
  • Garden structures
  • Fireplace beams
  • Casements

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.

An oak-framed build.
Oak beams in the outside being air dried

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

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The Old Woodyard,

Bluebell Business Estate

Sheffield Park, 

East Sussex, 

TN22 3HQ


08:00 – 17:00