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Burr Elm

Interesting Timbers has over 32 years experience in the art of saw-milling and drying individual boards, planks and slabs for furniture use.

Tops: Tables, Desks, Worktops & Bars

Made to the size you need, we can make Waney Edged, Square Sawn, Moulded Edges & Vintage Style Table Tops, Worktops, Bar tops and Desk Tops.

Our interesting timber is suitable for table tops and desk tops, feature kitchen island worktops and bar tops. We supply individual Slab Table Tops which are Waney Edge/Live Edge (Natural Live Edge) or Square Sawn. We offer Vintage Style Table Tops,  also simple plank tables and counter tops with trestle legs for pop up restaurants. Our timber is air dried or kiln dried.

We spend time in the cutting and drying of our large and small slab timber and squared edged timber, we carefully season our timber over many years before we offer this beautiful natural product to our clients. We have over 32 years’ experience in the art of sawmilling and the drying of interesting timber. The careful drying of slabs can often take between 5 to 10 years.  Producing timber suitable for table tops and furniture is a  long slow process and is a long term investment well worth the wait.

We can supply timber for table tops and worktops, either several planks to be joined or a single board for a dramatic statement or feature piece. If you prefer table tops and worktops can be hand crafted at our Emborough sawmill to your sizes and supplied with a hand sanded finish for you, your carpenter, cabinet maker, furniture maker or kitchen specialist to fit on site.  We do not supply or apply a finishing product to the timber; you will need to make arrangements for this yourself.

Quotations given  are based upon us selecting the timber for you and may include Surfacing Flat, Planing with Sanding to the top face only  and are excluding VAT and delivery unless stated otherwise. When quoting we are pricing for timber  and slabs which have been seasoned and are suitable for furniture making, we do not sell freshly sawn timber (wet timber) for furniture making usage. Freshly sawn timber is available for a variety of uses, please ask us if you require this.

If you arrange to visit us to be involved in the selection of your timber with a member of staff, by appointment, the price will vary and may not be at the quoted price, this is because you may select different boards than those quoted for. The boards you choose may be different in price, characteristics, size etc.

Additional bottom face sanding can be quoted for upon request.

We will always produce a VAT invoice for every transaction.

When hand crafting table tops for you we produce each item as if it were for our own home.

Single Slab Table Tops

We are constantly trying to produce long and wide planks but finding large trees is difficult and they are often too heavy for lifting and transporting to a sawmill. When we do get large logs we cut them into planks for single board  table tops and one piece kitchen worktops, desk tops and bar tops but sadly only a small proportion of these boards will make it to the dining room or kitchen. For these reasons there are often only a few one off timber boards available for single board tops.

Please contact us to discuss availability. The images on this page are of table tops we have recently supplied. Similar boards  may still be available or we are happy to discuss alternatives with you.

Individual Slabs, Planks, Boards for table tops Tulip Tree board (sanded by hand)  Burr Oak  Side Table

Booked Matched Table Tops

We may be able to make a top for you from a pair of book matched boards please call us if you would like to discuss this.

Tiger Oak (very rare)        Burr Brown Oak Matched pair of boards (very rare)       Pair of matching Sequoia table tops

Jointed Table Tops & Worktops

We are always able to make table tops, work tops and desks by joining several boards together to make the size you need. These can be square edged or occasionally waney/live edged,  if we are unable to find the exact one piece top this may well be a viable option for you.

Waney Edge/Live Edge Pippy Oak Kitchen Island Work Top (jointed)   Hand crafted Sycamore Worktop   Pippy Oak Table Top


Vintage Style Table Tops

We are pleased to offer our Vintage Style Table Top, made from wide boards jointed by hand using traditional methods. The softly texted surface gives the impression of a well-used and much loved old table top. Our Vintage Style Table Top is ideal for you, your carpenter, or french polisher to apply a finish to if you are trying to achieve a well-worn or antiqued look. This table top can be made to order with, our without, Bread Board Ends to the size you need.


Bar Tops

For many years we have supplied bar tops for pubs and restaurant refurbishments, if you require this service please ask.

Oak Bar Top (laminated)  Ash Desk Top   Single Slab Top

Small Bespoke Table Tops & Bespoke Kitchen Tops to your sizes

To discuss a table top suitable for you please contact us.

Several Jointed Boards (Table, Counter Tops..)    Waney Edge Pippy Oak Tabletop (close up-jointed) 

Bespoke Handmade Wooden Tables made to order

Occasionally when time allows David is happy to make complete tables for clients. Perfectly sized to suit the space available, handmade especially for you in  Oak, Ash, Elm and Cherry and occasionally other timbers, please ask about this special service.


Timber is a natural material

Timber is a natural material and will expand and contract with seasonal changes in humidity. Although we take care to minimise this by careful selection and seasoning of our timber slabs it will occasionally over time result in some distortion. This is not a defect; it is a consequence of the nature of the material which adds to its charm and individuality.


Table for life

Whether your taste is for Waney Edged, Vintage Style or Traditional Square Edged Refectory Table Tops we can assist you.

A Selection From Our Stock (for table tops)

We were inspired to make our own table in 1994 and 24 years later it is as beautiful as the day it was made (we use it every day)

We cut all of the Elm timber for our own refectory style table from one tree.

Elm Table, 900mm wide made from 4 boards joined. Photograph taken Christmas 2015...table hand crafted by David in 1994

What People Say

David with Burr Elm Board, selecting timber for our own Elm Table: 1994

Our Table Tops (crafted from several boards jointed) Single Slab and Book Matched.

We cut and dry our own timber the process can take 5-10 years

Trestle Legs

Hand sanding a table top

Specialist Planing Service

Alongside our general machining we offer a specialist wide machining and planing service for furniture makers and designers.

Wide Machining