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Structural Oak

Sutton Timber’s wood has been used in many large building projects over the last 25 years…
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Structural Oak

Structural oak or green oak has been part of our building industry for centuries. Renowned for it’s great strength and durability it is the natural choice for timber framed buildings especially where oak beams are required.

Structural green oak when cut has a higher moisture content so it is easier to cut joints and shape than air dried oak. Once constructed, an oak timber frame will dry naturally and shrink. This causes the joints to tighten and creates a structurally sound frame. Oak dowels are used to hold the joints, and the oak beams and posts shrink and tighten around them. Our fresh sawn oak beams can be cut to suit your specific requirements. We also stock oak sleepers for garden projects.

Air Dried Oak Beams

We also supply 3-5 year structural grade air dried oak beams to contractors, joinery companies and private clients throughout the UK. Seasoned outdoors the timber dries naturally reducing tension in the wood. This results in less movement, less shrinkage and greater stability. During the 3-5 year period a natural aged appearance, with characterful cracks and hairline splits develops. Air dried oak matures into a beautiful silvery grey. This very environmentally friendly produced timber is perfect for restoration and renovation of oak framed buildings. We provide air dried oak beams in a range of lengths and thicknesses and deliver countrywide.

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Joinery Oak

Our thick section joinery oak is now over six years old and is of absolutely superb quality. Much of it is has been used in major architectural projects within Great Britain. We have supplied timber for many large scale building projects including York Minster, the Globe Theatre, Windsor Castle, the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Festival Hall and more recently Rochester Cathedral. It is interesting and enjoyable for us to be involved behind the scenes in the restoration of these fabulous historical buildings.


Dependable, authentic, sustainable and strong, oak framing adds beauty and character to any home or building.

Oak framed construction is a traditional craft that still remains popular today. From porches, conservatories and cart lodges to complete buildings.

Revered by architects and engineers not only for it’s strength and architectural beauty but for the variety of bespoke design options available.  Combined with modern materials for a contemporary look or used in the more traditional way it offers huge potential.

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