The Elephant Timber Guide to Protecting Wood

Oiling and Waxing

Protecting wood correctly will not only enhance its natural beauty, it will also increase its durability. Using wood protector finishes, such as oils, varnish, wax or resin, will protect your wood against water penetration, UV damage and decay.

To help you get the most out of your unique wooden creation, the experts at Elephant Timber have created a guide on the best way of protecting wood.

If you are looking for inspiration for your next project, or that perfect slab to create a unique table, we stock a wide range of live edge timber in our online shop. All of our timber can be supplied in its natural rough-sawn state or we can plane it to a smooth finish, ready for fine sanding and sealing by you. 

Sealing and Oiling are the Key to Longevity

When choosing a finish for your wooden work of art, you should consider the level of protection needed for its use, the desired appearance of the final piece, the ease of application of your chosen product, and the ongoing maintenance requirements.

Ideally, your chosen finish should provide long-lasting protection and enhance the beauty of the wood. By following the tips in our guide, you can protect your live edge timber and enjoy its natural beauty for many years.

If you are planning to use your wooden furniture outdoors, you should apply a protective wood treatment for outdoors that is resistant to weathering, moisture, insects, and decay. Exterior wood protection involves various methods and products aimed at preserving the appearance, structural integrity, and longevity of wood when used outdoors. Some common outdoor wood treatments include pressure treatment, staining, painting, and varnishing.

Our Guide

To help you with protecting wood before use, we have created an easy-to-use guide, including advice on which finishes are available, how to apply them correctly, and how to continue caring for your wood for better durability. This is also available as a PDF download.

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Using our extensive timber knowledge, we can help you with selecting the perfect piece and provide advice on protecting wood. Order your live edge timber from us today and start creating. Shop now.