Oak City Customs

About Us

At Oak City Customs we're passionate about up-cycling locally sourced urban lumber to create heirloom quality products with a rustic & industrial modern style & high attention to detail & customization.

We have a 14,000 sqft manufacturing facility located in Zebulon, NC, just outside of Raleigh, consisting of a fully equipped wood shop & metal shop!

We work for commercial clients such as architects, builders, & contractors, as well as, homeowners.

Our specialty is table & panel production, including edge-glued hardwood panels, butcher blocks & solid slabs. We often use unique slabs of wood that we produce 'From Tree to Table', utilizing local trees in many of our products.

We have a sawmill with the capability to cut 63" wide slabs, plus, two custom built, de-humidification style kilns that can dry approx 11,000 board feet per month. This is in addition to over 100,000 board feet of air drying slabs & boards on the yard!

We regularly have White Oak, Red Oak, Maple, Poplar, Cedar, Sweet Gum, Cherry, Walnut, & many other species available for both retail & wholesale.

Panel production is a popular service we offer to other wood shops in the area, who may not have in-house equipment for larger projects. We have the ability to plane & sand up to 50" wide material using our planers & wide-belt machines. Additionally, we have a large clamp rack for producing edge-glued table top panels, a straightline rip saw, panel saw & spray booth. Our kiln is also available for use. We offer a wholesale price at 75% of retail cost to any of our partners! 

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Our Story

Our story started back in 2015 while working in the home shop on hobby projects & through connections with friends in the tree service industry. We realized that there was a huge need to repurpose material that was regularly headed to the landfill, recycling centers & the burnpile. Large trees were being taken down for a variety of reasons every day, being scrapped due to the lack of someone to collect & process them into usable material. This was the beginning of a huge endeavor, & our mission to take this material 'From Tree to Table'.

In late 2015 we acquired a small sawmill & began slabbing logs in the back yard. We spent meticulous time cutting & stacking material to air dry while researching the ins and outs of the entire lumber making process. There is a lot to know! We had success locating quality material & building relationships with local tree services. Over the next year we upgraded our sawmill by driving to the West Coast to acquire a specialty wide capacity slabbing mill. We fabricated a highly specialized log trailer that allowed us to obtain logs on site that were too big for tree services to move in one piece.

In 2016 we really picked up steam working on residential & commercial projects in the wood & metal working arena, allowing us to fully outfit the small home shop. Business kept picking up & before long we were 2 people working full time! It was an exciting time for Oak City Customs with great opportunities to work on commercial bar & restaurant projects in Downtown Raleigh & The Triangle, while continuing our work for individuals. As business grew, we knew we were on track to outgrow our workshop & head in new directions.

In the Spring of 2017, it was clear that to follow our 'From Tree to Table' mission, we were going to need a lot more space & help, so we decided to make the leap!

By Fall 2017, we had moved our workshop, amidst a very busy season, to a much larger facility, in Zebulon, North Carolina. Oak City Customs was able to hire 2 more employees to help build the new shop & keep up with even more orders. We now had a permanent sawmill setup & the space to efficiently air dry lumber outdoors with use of a forklift, whew! Over the next 2 years (2018 & 2019), we expanded the shop further to a total indoor space of 14,000 sqft. We built dedicated metal fabrication shop space, wood shop space, paint & finishing areas, a de-humidification style kiln to dry lumber, & really focused in on our product offerings.

Our team grew again & the work flow in our shop began to really make sense. During 2019 & 2020, we were able to add several major pieces of equipment to the shop including 52" wide belt sanders, a straight line rip saw, a huge panel clamp rack, central compressed air, & other major equipment allowing us to efficiently process more material while improving quality.

   Between 2020 & today, the time has flown by. It is really amazing to look back at where we started & see the results of the dedication & hard work each person on our team has created here at Oak City Customs.

As of 2022, we are a team of 12 full time craftspersons dedicated to producing heirloom quality furnishings, incorporating a rustic & industrial modern style & are able to build a high percentage of our projects with lumber we produce 'From Tree to Table'!

It is an exciting time at OCC with much work still to be done. We can't tell you enough how much your support is appreciated!

We look forward to discussing your next project!