EARTHY®  TIMBER – FAQ

What slab of wood means?

Wood slab is as a single, usually large and wide plank of wood, without any joints. Salvaged wood slabs are more expensive than planked tops because they are rarer and more expensive to process due to the lengthy evaluating and timber kiln drying procedure. Not every wood slab is suitable to use as timber table top or kitchen island solid wood worktop, and customers are often unaware of potential dangers using incorrectly processed timber. At Earthy® Timber we are timber grading and drying experts, our solid wood furniture will serve your family for generations to come.

What is a planked wood top?

Earthy® Timber ‘s wooden table tops or timber worktops are constructed from multiple super staves (wide planks) joined together in harmony unless they are specifically called wood slab (meaning single plank of wood)  Each full stave wood plank forming one continuous strip for the entire length of the solid wood worktop or table top. Planked tops are less expensive than a single large plank of wood (slab).

What ‘full stave’ top means?

Full stave wood worktop or table top means a wood plank forms the whole length of the timber top, without any joints (as opposed to the wooden counter top being made up of little blocks, also known as block-style).

What ‘stave width’ means?

Stave (plank) width refers to the width of the individual wood planks that joined together in harmony form wooden counter top of desired size . Stave width otherwise means ‘plank width’.

What is live edge?

Live edge wood is otherwise called waney edge, natural edge, raw edge or earthy® edge. Live edge follows the natural outer edge of the wood plank with tree bark removed. Live edge wood tables, natural waney edged oak and walnut kitchen islands were introduced by Earthy® Timber in 2008, and we lead the UK market with high end, custom wooden furniture and worktops with subtle resin enhancements ever since.

What is square edge?

As the name implies, all the wooden worktop, bar top or solid wood desk / table top edges are finished with a straight edge to give it a traditional finish. Our square edges are eased by hand. By taking sharpness off the edge, we accomplish soft, pleasant to touch contour, whilst preserving crisp appearance. All edges opposite to the grain direction (usually short sides, being the depth of the top) are always square. Long edges can be either square, natural (live), or part live part squared contoured.

What is part live and part square wood edge (mixed timber edge)?

Invented by Earthy® Timber part live and part square wood edge (mixed edge)  is a combination of natural wood edge squared in places to give the wooden table top, breakfast bar or sit stand desk a unique finish that works very well with both contemporary and traditional interiors.

Do you work with softwood (such as pine worktops)?

Earthy® Timber specialises in solid wood dining tables, conference tables, bars, worktops in English and European hardwoods (deciduous trees with broad flat leaves) this is because as the name suggests, the wood of hardwood trees is harder, denser, tighter than the wood of other trees and as a result the hard wood tops are very durable. We do not use pine (coniferous species, small needle like leaves) for our projects as softwood is easy to dent and the grain is not as tight as in hard wood and in our experience they are not suitable for wooden worktops, solid wood live edge dining tables or flooring.

It takes more effort and is more costly to process the hardwood than softwood, this is because hard wood is tougher, more condensed, making their wood perfect for our high quality, beautiful wooden table tops and solid wood worktops. Our wild walnut table tops or oak desks are practical pieces of art.

What is the difference between wood slab table top (single plank table top) and planked wooden worktops?

Live edge large wood slab table tops or single wide timber plank bathroom vanity counter tops bring distinguished presence and undisturbed tranquility to the room with no joint lines. Our super stave table tops and full stave wooden worktops however, are so well made, you will barely notice the wood joints.  Kitchen wooden worktops are made from narrower wood planks (compared to the planked table tops), and therefore less expensive option.

Our planked table tops are made up of jointed planks with wider staves. The planks are book-matched (meaning they originate from the same tree). This is the more expensive option.

You may also opt for a slab. Slabs are single, very wide planks. Slabs are priced significantly higher than the table tops. It is also possible to buy DIY slabs – professionally vacuum kiln dried, levelled and planed material (with no further treatment).

Why your table legs are more expensive?

Our high quality, manufactured from genuine materials to order removable table legs and desk legs are designed and calibrated individually to your wooden table top / desk top, giving consideration to the aesthetics of the whole piece as well as the weight, depth, length, thickness, construction of the wooden table top / wooden desk top, technical properties of timber.). The supporting plates ensure  your table will never ‘wobble’. It is a truly bespoke service that is tailored to the size & weight of your wooden countertop but also and equally importantly, allowing for the natural movement of timber as it expands and contracts when the temperature and/or humidity of the room changes.

This prevents cracks and splits in the wood. Paired with our precise vacuum kiln-drying method, this provides you with the earthy furniture to last for generations.

Please note that, for obvious reasons, we cannot advise on legs and support from other sources.Using the legs not supplied by us invalidates warranty on the surface.

Why professional wood drying is important?

At Earthy® Timber we keep large stock of the most interesting, grainy live edge wood slabs and wood planks, expertly processed and vacuum kiln dried below 10% moisture content. We process and vacuum kiln drying all our timber IN-HOUSE ensuring finest quality of our salvaged oak, walnut, ash trees. Even very chunky wood slabs are consistently below 10% moisture content measured in the core of the plank Please note traditional wood kilns only dry the outer layers of the timber, hence consequent problems with timber moving and twisting in challenging kitchen and bathroom environment.

Professional wood drying is an essential process to ensure the wood slab is stable and suitable for internal use. Regrettably a large proportion of timber on the market is not processed in this way and clients are unaware of the potential dangers of purchasing incorrectly dried timber including warping, twisting, swelling, encouraging the infestation of woodworm. Also neighbouring surfaces regardless of composition (mdf, timber plywood etc.) could potentially be affected and damaged. Unfortunately these problems can take months to manifest themselves by which time it is too late.

Collection Terms and Delivery Charges explained

We only offer a dedicated delivery service at the price quoted on the site (We have seen our beautiful wooden pieces badly damaged in standard courier shipment a few times.) If you prefer you can always collect your tops (van hire costs approximately £60 per day), our Collection Terms are as follows:

Clients wishing to call at our premises to collect their products will need to be aware of the following conditions:

1/ by prearranged appointment we can have the product ready for collection at the entrance to our workshop

2/ it is the customer’s responsibility to carry, package & secure the item(s) in their vehicle to prevent damage to the product. We would recommend for you to bring the equivalent of 2 man as the item(s) are heavy & awkward to handle.

Timber is a natural, earthy material and why we love to work with salvaged wood.

At Earthy® Timber we personally hand-pick the quality, most interesting salvaged wood for all our projects. As timber grading and wood drying specialists we identify suitable for its technical properties salvaged trees with unique wood grain, features and natural, earthy characteristics such as knots, voids, pippy scatterings and splits that are compatible with our love for rustic-modern perfection. We invite nature to your home and our wooden counter tops and table tops will reflect that rustic excellence subtly enhanced with clear resins, so you can see them and enjoy them yet the surface is hygienic to use.

If you prefer very uniform appearance, without character our product is not a natural choice for you.

Can I select wood planks /wood slabs for my project?

For 99% of our commissions the planks are selected by our experts on the customer’s behalf. Our instagram accounts will give you an insight into our past projects if you want to see examples and diversity of colour, grain detail and rustic features.

Our skilled carpenters will select the boards that are colour, grain & feature compatible. We instinctively know, which wood boards are going to work in harmony ensuring the best aspects of the wood are displayed. We then enhance the rustic knots and voids with our signature resin infill technique, so that no two surfaces will ever look the same. If you wanted to personally select the wood planks for your project, this service is available for single items over £5000. Items below this value will entail an extra charge of £360+vat paid up front. The selection process can take place either in our workshop or via mobile devices by prearranged appointment.

What is unfinished wood top / raw wood top?

sanded to 120 grit and delivered (or collected) raw, ready for the finishing service, unless our professional finishing service was requested.

What is included in Professional Finishing?

if you want to receive your surface ready to be used immediately, we recommend our in house finishing service. This includes surface fine sanding – preparing the tops for treatment with oil/lacquer to provide a hard-wearing finish. Treatment using Earthy® Timber’s recommended blend of high quality oils/lacquer ideal for surfaces requiring a hard-wearing and water resistant surfaces. The protective layer built with the oil/lacquer is water-, heat-, alcohol- and food acid-resistant. The surface is also finely sanded between the coats of treatment.

Alternatively you may choose to purchase an unfinished surface, which comes with basic sanding (120 grit) and therefore will require further processing.

What is your lead time?

Because your goods are crafted to order, it takes approximately 5 weeks depending on the complexity of your project and our workshop schedule.

Is the wood for my project responsibly sourced?

The trees that we choose to work with are sustainably sourced and replenished with newly planted saplings.

Please note tolerance for square edges

+/- 2-3mm

Please note tolerance for waney edges or part live part square edges.

Up to 100mm for standard projects, usually less than that.

I have bespoke shape and/or cut outs requirements , can you help?

To quote for bespoke shapes and requirements not included in our online shop please contact us via contact form to receive a bespoke quotation.

Do you offer Support & Fitting Advice?

You can find general information about fitting on our website. We therefore recommend you to use a professional carpenter to survey, fit and provide adequate support to overhangs for your surfaces. Please note incorrect fitting invalidates warranty on our surfaces.

Do you offer Fitting Service and what is an approximate cost?

Yes we do. Please note the price of this service is calculated at least at a cost of product + cost of travel from our wood yard & workshop, located  at BN7 3DH)

  1. Survey – our experienced craftsman will visit your property to take the measurements, discuss your requirements, all the details and options that will work with the layout of the furniture, fixtures in the room as well as support available at the time we survey your property. This will allow us to tailor the product and concealed supports to your needs. The cost of the survey is minimum £180+vat depending on the complexity of the project plus cost of travel. Please note we are unable to provide the fitting service without surveying your project first.
  2. Quotation – after the visit we will prepare a detailed, no-obligation quotation that includes delivery and installation.
  3. Payment – Once you accept the quote, we’ll require 50% deposit from you. Your furniture is crafted to order and this will take around 5-8 weeks depending on the complexity of the project and our schedule. The balance for your order will be due 5 weeks before scheduled installation.
  4. When your furniture is ready, our craftsmen will deliver and install it for you at a mutually convenient date and time. Installation typically takes 1 – 2 days. We will remove all installation waste and leave the room clean and tidy for you to enjoy.

What is waney edge wood?

Otherwise called live edge wood, natural edge, raw edge or earthy edge. Waney edge follows the natural outer edge of the wood plank with the bark removed.