Grade: Grade 2, landscaping grade oak cubes.
Colour: Ranging from yellowy gold to silver grey. The oak changes in time from a golden colour, to a blotchy, darker, 'stained' look, & finally to a silver grey, if in contact with sun & daylight. This cycle may take 4 - 10 months, depending on sunlight & location of the blocks (whether inside or out) You can plane or sand the surface back to it's original colour if you wish.
Weight: Can be heavy to lift, especially the larger cubes. Ranging from the 250mm cubes @ approx 15kg, and the 300mm cubes @ 25kg, and the heavyweight 450mm cubes @ 90kg.
Description: This new oak is unseasoned (means it's been cut in the last two years) and untreated. The oak is normally square edged on most faces, although It can also have splits, knots or blemishes which can delevelop over the years as it dries out. (Some call it character!)
Cutting: Quite hard. You'll need a circular saw / chainsaw / powered saw to cut these oak cubes.
Attaching / Fixing: Timberlok screws won't fasten through these without a pilot hole, even if the drill is powerful.
Sizes: IMPORTANT. All sizes below are approximate. That means that although a cube is described as 300mm in length,depth or width it may in fact be several centimetres longer or shorter. This is due to the fact that when french sawmills landscaping grade oak, they don't see them as having to be milimetre accurate in dimension. As it happens, most landscaping projects have an element of flexibility or tolerance in them and can cope with this. If your project needs exact accuracy in length, width or depth, then you may need to cut them to your precise specifications yourself, or think of using a different product.
Simple and addictive! Suitable for plinths, seats, bases for lamps, furniture (tables, benches and shelving). Just use your imagination ! See photo examples above of these cubes in use.
You have two options, depending on which delivery option you chose at the checkout stage online, or when you telephone the office.
1) THE CHEAPEST OPTION - CUSTOMER TO OFFLOAD
This is the cheapest, most popular & efficient means of delivery that covers 100% of the UK.
* YOU can chose any delivery day you want in advance within 2- 4 working days, Mon - Fri, between 9am & 5pm.
* YOU can chose, for a surcharge, a next day delivery, timed delivery or saturday delivery.
* YOU are responsible for offloading the materials from the vehicle. The vehicle does NOT have a crane offload. If you do not have a forklift, you MUST have at least 2 or more strong people to manally offload. These timbers are too heavy for one person. The driver is not able to help you offload or carry materials into your house or garden.
One exception! If the railway sleepers are 1.2m or less in length, the lorry driver CAN place the sleepers onto the pavement or road using the lorry tail lift and hand palletruck.
The vehicle is normally a non-artic rigid lorry (carrying approx 10 - 15 tons)
2) THE MORE EXPENSIVE OPTION - LORRY OFFLOADS WITH CRANE OR FORKLIFT
This delivery charge is usually more expensive than the Pallet system, but is essential if you order some heavy sleepers, without any forklift, or sufficient people to help you offload.
* Your order can be crane-offloaded so long as there is sufficient space for the crane or forklift to operate without lifting over vehicles etc...
You must ensure in advance that a lorry has clear access to your property. It is crucial to tell us, when we contact you to arrange delivery, whether there are any delivery problems - e.g. a narrow road, cul de sac, cars parked in front of the property etc... An unsuccesful delivery will incur a further charge, often equal to the original.
IS THERE A MINIMUM ORDER ?
No. It makes no difference. The cost to you is the same whether we deliver 1 of something or 10 of something... e.g. the delivery cost to London for 20 railway sleepers would be £99 + Vat, and the delivery for 1 sleeper would cost the same. That's because our hauliers charge us according to how many pallets the order takes up, so whether there is 1 sleeper on a pallet, or 20 sleepers on it, it makes no difference!
HOW DO WE WORK OUT THE DELIVERY COST ?
The cost depends on the postcode of where you live, the number, size and weight of your order, how quickly you want it, and whether you can offload or not. Lots of different variables! If you order online, the delivery cost will be worked out automatically by a computer brain. If you order by telephone, the delivery cost will be calculated by a mere human being, who will chat with you whilst working it all out!
Hardwood cubes are completely different to light, softwood railway sleepers which have to be treated with either creosote or pressure treatment to prevent them rotting and collapsing. Hardwood oak cubes are much more durable and naturally longer lasting.
So, untreated oak cubes are popular with those wanting to keep clear of chemical treatments, or contamination, and wanting to use something that is naturally longer lasting.