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How to care for Oak garden furniture

In answer to a question that many of our customers ask, our advice will always be not to add any oil or treatment to your oak garden furniture. When we create our solid oak furniture we will always wax the end grains to add extra protection against moisture seeping up into the legs particularly if your garden bench is placed onto a wet ground. Over time, this could be as little as a couple of months right up to a year, your Oak garden furniture colour will fade and turn into a rustic silvery-grey colour which is truly beautiful to look at. The Oak will harden making it incredibly durable and strong.  If you feel like your bench could do with a little tender loving care, to clean, simply wash your bench with warm soapy water and rinse off with a hose or power washer.

As we use Florian Oak which is the best quality Oak that you can get your Oak garden furniture will be around for decades with minimal maintenance. 


For your guide to exquisite outdoor furniture please email to receive your free copy.

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Luxury Custom Made Oak Church Pews

By the 13th century, backless stone benches began to appear in English churches. They moved from the walls to the nave, then became fixed to the floor. Wooden benches replaced the stone ones from the 14th century and became common in the 15th.

Churches were not commonly furnished with permanent pews before the Protestant reformation.The rise of the sermon as a central act of Christian worship, especially in Protestantism, made the pew a standard item of church furniture.

In some churches, pews were installed at the expense of the congregants, and were their personal property; there was no general public seating in the church itself.

Certain areas of the church were considered to be more desirable than others, as they might offer a better view of services or, indeed, might make a certain family or person more prominent or visible to their neighbours during these services. During the late medieval and early modern period, attendance at church was legally compulsory, so the allocation of a church's pews offered a public visualisation of the social hierarchy within the whole parish. At this time many pews had been handed down through families from one generation to the next. Alternatively, wealthier inhabitants often expected more prestigious seating in reward to contribution to the material upkeep of the church, such as the erection of galleries. Disputes over pew ownership were not uncommon. 

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Custom Made Oak Pew

Looking for a custom made Oak Church Pew?

Here at Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture we are specialists in manufacturing bespoke furniture including long lasting Church Pews. 

Please get in touch with your idea and sizes and we will get back to you asap.

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What Type of Garden Do You Have?




The Family Garden



Practical, long lasting and will take just about anything you throw at it,          Warrior 1800 Teak Table with Leviathan Armchairs

 just the thing for gardens that are used by the whole family. Sit back

and enjoy your garden this Summer in comfort.

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The Cottage Garden


Rustic, Traditional and Pretty are some of the words that have been                                 DSC 0250

used to describe The Hadrian bench. It can be created either straight

or curved to fit exactly into that cosy spot in the garden for functional

and every day use.

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The Terrace Garden


If you have limited outdoor space but you like to entertain your guestsCALYPSO TEAK Folding Table

outdoors when the British weather permits, the Calypso is a must. This

Teak table easily folds away for you to store for those last minute

Al Fresco opportunities.

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The Grounds


Do you host large outdoor events? Then this is the must have table for

you. This table is made to seat as many guests as you need, and it’s

luxurious finishing touches and colossal size really give any garden theBespoke 4.1 Gladiator1

wow factor.

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The Gardening Enthusiast Garden


After spending a hard day potting and planting and growing a variety

of wonderful things there’s no better way to unwind and enjoy all yourrhapsodyrichmondpark

hard work than The Rhapsody bench. It is ergonomically designed for              

comfort and relaxation.

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Hi everyone, well what a Summer, long overdue but wonderful.

We have been extremely busy creating a new look that you can see on this site.

Take a look, let us have your thoughts – good or bad. We will reward the most innovative ideas!

Now for all of you in the Home Counties, South East and in fact anywhere!! We are really looking forward to meeting you all at the LANDSCAPE SHOW located at the new BATTERSEA EXHIBITION CENTRE
In London held over two days the 24 and 25 September.

You cannot miss us as you enter we are on your right so chat on the way in. Or sit a while and rest those tired feet on the way out. We look forward to meeting you.

On display will be examples of our stunning British Handmade Teak, Oak and Iroko Garden Furniture. Tables, Chairs, Benches, Coffee Tables with a difference, Memorial Benches in fact a bit of everything!!

A PRIZE DRAW – with a stunning prize worth over £500.00, A SPECIAL OFFER over the two days on SAVANNAH and NIRVANA solid Teak Extending Tables, each with 6 Reclining, Folding Teak Armchairs, a late season deal that will make your visit to Battersea worthwhile.

Tempted? For FREE TICKETS and more information contact

See you there. Karl.

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