Our wood finishes and polishes for solid oak, walnut, maple and cherry

Wood finishes and polishes for dining chairs and extending dining tables

We are continually developing wood finishes that bring out the full beauty of our timbers, whilst providing the full sensual feel that can only be achieved through polishing by hand using careful, fine strokes. 

For all of our timbers there are three methods (waxes, oils and lacquers) that we use to polish our furniture in the workshop, which can then be used to achieve different colour tones, from our palest natural finishes to the darker “chocolatey” tones of wenge and ebony. Let us describe how they differ;

Waxes: 2/10 protection rating

Waxes are our most natural finish and work best for furniture with only light use, such as bookcases or console tables. They are normally too weak to use for a dining table. We use two coats of wax to form a "skin" on the timber surface, which will give your furniture light protection but little heat resistance and may be easily ring marked. 

Oil polishes: 5/10 to 7/10 protection rating

A lovely finish giving medium protection to your furniture. We like to compare this method to your everyday shoes - you have to accept that you will get some marks on the surface but you will hopefully always be able to sand away the marks and re-polish your table - just like when you re-polish your shoes. We apply three to four coats of oil over a week using a combination of sanding and oiling by hand, to allow the oil to sink into the timber and provide protection. 

Lacquered finish: 8/10 protection rating - with caution!

Lacquer provides a very strong level of protection, which should be highly resistant to damage, however once damaged it cannot be repaired. We compare this method to patent leather shoes - fantastic until they get damaged - at which point you cannot remove the damage. We apply a base coat of sealant and then a top coat of lacquer to give the strongest possible synthetic "skin" to the timber. We do so by hand to ensure the the "skin" sinks into the wood, making it appear as natural as possible.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us by phone 01635 255352 or by email here

 

Our polishes and finishes work in different ways on different timbers so here is a guide to what works best on each of our solid timbers:

Oakwood natural wax finish:

This is a more traditional cabinet maker’s finish applied to solid oak, cherry, maple and walnut furniture, which is worked into the surface of the timber and hand polished to bring out the timber grain. Oakwood mellows with a slight yellowing to the timber. This finish is included as standard on our price list.

Light protection 2/10 rating.

Sandwood oil based finish:

A beautiful polish which due to our closely guarded secret formula and rather a lot of hard word, provides a gentle pale colouring to keep timbers natural in appearance with a very slight lightening of the more porous areas of the timber’s surface. Fantastic with solid oak and maple furniture designs. Light, bright and contemporary.

Medium protection 5/10 rating.

Adds +7% to the basic price list.

Strawood oil based finish:

A warmer mid-toned finish which brings out the full depth of the wood grain of our solid oak, walnut, cherry and maple timbers with a soft lustrous glow. Strawood is a skilful blend of oils and hard waxes that provide the greatest strength for any oil based finish and can also be easily repaired.

Medium to high protection 7/10 rating.

Adds +5% to the basic price list.

Parkwood oil based finish:

A deeper oil which bites into the depth of the timber tones giving stronger timber grain definition with a more matt finish than Strawood. Parkwood works well on solid oak and solid Wild Walnut timbers.

Medium protection 6/10 rating.

Adds +4% to the basic price list.

Silkwood lacquered finish:

A strong matt lacquered finish which protects tables from most spills, meaning that no hand polishing is required. The finish works well on solid oak and solid Wild Walnut timbers but is not easily repaired and so must be treated with care.

Medium protection 8/10 rating.

 

Adds +5% to the basic price list.

Wild Walnut in Strawood Oil based finish:

We recommend using this mid-toned finish on our Wild Walnut wood to bring out the rich, deep tones of the timber as well as to highlight the lighter flashes of the young sapwood. The blend of oils and hard waxes means that this finish can be easily repaired by hand.

Medium to high protection 7/10 rating.

Adds +5% to the basic price list.

Wild Walnut in Sandwood Oil based finish:

Solid Wild Walnut polished in Sandwood oil gives a natural, paler finish than Strawood oil. This subdues the contrast in timber tones and gives a more matt finish.

Medium protection 5/10 rating.

Adds +7% to the basic price list.

Classic Walnut in Strawood Oil based finish:

As with the Wild Walnut, using this rich Strawood finish on our Classic Walnut brings out the full chocolate character of this majestic timber. A careful blend of hard waxes and oils give this finish an easily repaired, extremely robust appeal.

Medium protection 7/10 rating.

Adds +5% to the basic price list.

Maple in Strawood Oil based finish:

A careful blend of hard waxes and oils give this finish an easily repaired, extremely robust appeal.

Medium / high protection 7/10 rating.

Adds +5% to the basic price list.

Maple in Sandwood Oil based finish:

When applied to Maple, Sandwood oil based finish emphasises the pale timber to create truly modern furniture. As with our Strawood oil, this finish is easily repaired by hand at home.

Medium protection 6/10 rating.

Adds +7% to the basic price list.

Cherry in Strawood Oil based finish:

Strawood oil brings out the rich colours of maturing Cherry, providing the protection the timber needs which can be maintained for years to come.

Medium / high protection 7/10 rating.

Adds +5% to the basic price list.

Cherry in Sandwood Oil based finish:

Applying Sandwood oil based finish to Cherry dulls down the deepening red tones and provides a lighter, more modern look.

Medium protection 6/10 rating.

Adds +7% to the basic price list.

Oak Wenge finish A

Our rich Wenge polishes are a combination of deep wood stains and carefully applied lacquers giving you a low maintenance polish with a deep lustre and easy wipe clean finish. Colours A to D take you from a mid tone to almost carbon brown if you wish to create a really deep finish. Finish E is as close as you can get to a solid Walnut effect on Oak.

Oak Wenge finish B

Medium depth of Wenge polish on solid Oak

Oak Wenge finish C

Deep dark tones of Wenge polish on solid Oak

Oak Wenge finish D

Almost black with a hint of chocolate to take the hardness away from a truly black polish.

Oak Wenge finish E

Walnut mid tone polish on solid Oak

Silvered Oak F

A stained solid Oak finish with a mid-silver colour finish.

Silvered Oak G

A stained Oak finish which lets slightly more of the timbers natural characteristics come through. It has a lighter silver colour finish.