Oak City Customs
From Tree To Table
Custom | Projects | Furnishings | Metals | Hardwoods
At Oak City Customs we're passionate about repurposing locally sourced urban trees 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 woodshop & metal shop!
We work with commercial clients such as architects, builders, & contractors, as well as, residential homeowners.
Our specialty is table-top & hardwood panel production, including classic-cut, butcher blocks & live edge panels. We often use unique slabs of wood that we produce 'From Tree to Table'!
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 of wood per month. This is in addition to over 100,000 board feet of air drying slabs & boards on the yard!
As a hardwood supplier, we regularly have Oaks, Maples, 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. Additionally, we have a large clamp rack for producing edge-glued table top panels, a straight-line 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 started back in 2015 in a home shop in Southeast Raleigh! During this time, we discovered that there was a huge need to repurpose material that was regularly headed to the landfill, recycling centers & often, the burn pile. Large trees were being taken down for a variety of reasons every day and being scrapped due to the lack of someone to collect & process them into usable material. This realization 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 backyard. We spent meticulous time cutting & stacking material to air dry while researching the ins & 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 two 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 two more employees to help build the new shop & keep up with more orders then ever before. 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 lumberyard equipped with two kilns, & really focused in on our product offerings.
Our team grew again & the work flow in our shop began to really make sense. From 2019, through today, we have been able to add several major machines to our facility including two 52" wide belt sanders, three CNC machines, a huge panel clamp rack, central dust collection, a CNC press brake machine, & the largest wood planer on the East Coast!
As of 2023, we are equipped with a design team, production team, & installation team that is dedicated to producing heirloom quality furnishings! Currently, we produce a very high percentage of our projects utilizing material that we produce 'From Tree to Table'!
To learn more, please 'Call, Click or Visit'! We look forward to meeting you & discussing your next project!