Frequently Asked Questions about our solid wood desk tops

Solid Wood Supplier Update (Aug 2022)

Stocks of Grade A Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified oak and walnut are very low country wide due to importing solid wood from Europe; at present we are still taking orders, and will continue to monitor the situation.

Although we cannot rule out further delays, our current lead times (although long) are as accurate as we can foresee, our small workshop team are doing everything they can to make and deliver desk tops as quickly as possible.

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Desk tops?

Products titled “desk tops” include the table top only, not the legs/frame. The legs/frame need to be purchased separately. You can purchase the Skarsta/Bekant legs directly from IKEA, or we can custom make a table top to fit other brands like Uplift, Furna, Lundia etc if you contact us.

You will need to purchase the frames separately, for the IKEA products, the fittings for the desk top come with the legs. Any other accessories you see in the pictures are not included. The monitor stand (made from the same length of wood, and so cheaper when purchased together) is an excellent compliment, and can be purchased separately.

How much does the desk top weigh?

Oak has a density weight of about 0.8kg/dm3 , that is double the weight of the MDF tops that generally come as standard, so bear this in mind. Enter your dimensions on a custom sized product page to see the approximate weight next to the price.

How will it be delivered?

By our own delivery team. It’s a big operation but well worth it. One week we focus on the north of the UK, the next we focus on the south. This does extend our lead time, but we just cannot entrust your beautiful desk top to standard couriers. Our drivers will not fit or install the desk top for you, but they may take it into the room you require if you ask them nicely…

How do I clean my desk top?

Our article ‘How to look after your solid wood desk top’ discusses how to prevent damage, clean, maintain and repair your top.

The article ‘How to repair a damaged area on your solid wood desk top’ has a step by step guid on how to sand back oiled finished oak, walnut and asian hardwood.

Do you treat the timber?

Yes and no. This is an indoor product. We do coat your desk top with 2-3 applications of Finishing Oil, until we get to the right colour. You may wish to add beeswax, polyurethane finish or similar treatments to protect your desk top, though this is not required.

We make sure that the raw oak or pine we use is of the highest quality. When working with solid wood, we cannot guarantee the exact grain and texture your desk top will have. This is part of its beauty, and what makes it unique.

What about wood shrinkage?

Our wood is stored in insulated environment, however, when it reaches your home, it will very likely be at a higher ambient temperature. This means more moisture will be released from the wood, which occasionally can result in the wood shrinking (horizontally, never vertically) up to a couple of millimetres, meaning once flush edges may develop a slight ridge. This is a natural process and adds to the character of the desk. If this concerns you, avoid edge boards (reverse grain ends) and you shouldn’t have a problem.

Oak shrinkage sometimes occurs and should be accepted within reasonable parameters.

What do your options mean?

Check out our jargon buster article to help you make the right choices about the finer details of your solid wood desk top:

When will my order be ready?

SUPPLIER UPDATE (7th Aug 2022): Estimated delivery dates are calculated by our workshop capacity, not wood availability. Meaning if we get the wood in time from the supplier, we will have the man power to make and deliver your top within the estimate. We try to be as accurate as possible.

Once you have placed your order, it could take up to 3-5 weeks to arrive (some arrive in just 1-2 weeks). This is because your desk top order is hand-made to your exact requirements. Good things come to those who wait.

When should I order?

As soon as you are settled on the dimensions of your table top, place your order. If you are not 100% sure as to what desk frame you are going to purchase, place the order for the table top now, and we can change the compatibility of your desk top without charge later on. Desk frames are stock items and so usually are dispatched much quicker.

How do you price your desk tops?

By the square meter depending on wood type, plus any extras you may decide to add when configuring your top. We have a desk top pricing calculator. The price factors in delivery and is inclusive of VAT, the price you see is the price you pay.

We hand make your desk in Bristol, UK, then personally delivery it to you; as such there will be no customs/border charges for UK customers, the price you see is the price you pay.

What is the process?

The desk tops are made using the highest quality sustainably sourced solid oak and pine.

Our sustainably sourced European ‘white’ oak comes in kiln dried furniture panels 600mm wide direct from the sawmill. Most furniture makers will use these panels direct from the saw mill as they are highly stable in the manufacturing of furniture.

We use standard furniture techniques to size the top to your exact requirements, building in edge boards if required. If the desk top is more than 600mm wide we join the oak panels together.

The top edges are then slightly rounded off (chamfer) for comfort.

Next the holes are drilled, to the exact same dimensions as the desk top you are replacing, not just the width but also the depth is taken into consideration.

Finally, the desk top is treated with finishing oil on the oak tops, or a light brown wax on the pine tops, to bring out the subtle hues in the raw material.

The desk corners are then protected, and the top is delivered by our own team of delivery drivers to ensure it arrives in perfect condition.

Hand Delivered. On Time.

We hand deliver all our desk tops free of charge, with a 1 hour time slot, to ensure your top arrives in perfect condition. Made in Somerset. No customs charges.

Custom size? Same Price.

We make your table top to the exact required size. All our desk top prices are worked out using the same formula. Calculate your price and order in minutes.

30 Day Money Back Promise

An immediate refund or replacement if you’re not happy, which ever suits you best. Free order cancellation within 48 hours, no questions asked.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the quality of our sustainably sourced wood, how our desk tops are priced, our process, delivery timescales and more on our FAQ and About pages.

Our Solid Wood Desk Top/Table Top Range