Based on the humble carpenters workbench and 17th and 18th century English country furniture such as board chests, box stools and dough troughs, the Planks Collection has integral storage to hide away the clutter. The combination of our craftsmanship and Max Lamb's lateral approach to design, thoughtful detailing and attention to proportions results in pieces that have both function and beauty.

Made from Douglas fir or oak finished with a hard wax oil for durability and to keep the timber looking natural.

Dimensions: w1500 d300 h800



Availability: In stock
Total price: £ 1850

 

 

Bespoke option

We do not offer bespoke timbers or sizes on this piece. If this isn't quite meeting your needs, please do give us a call on 01488 608020 or make an enquiry here as we may have other options that might suit you.

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About the designer...

About the designer...

Deeply rooted in materials and process, Max Lamb's designs are stripped away of all superflous detail. He exploits the qualities inherent in the materials that he uses to draw out their natural tendencies and beauty. Max has received numerous awards and his work is highly regarded by both public institutions and private collections.

Uninterrupted grain...

Uninterrupted grain...

The Planks Collection has been designed with generous surfaces with uninterrupted wood grain which allows the impressive scale of the tree to remain visible.

Material & colour swatches

Timbers & Finishes

Oak with raw oil
Oak with raw oil

Oak with raw oil

Oak is sturdy and durable with a rich and open grain. Here it is treated with a 'raw' hard wax oil which keeps the timber looking natural.

Douglas Fir with raw oil
Douglas Fir with raw oil

Douglas Fir with raw oil

One of the hardest softwoods, Douglas fir is tough and strong. It has a lovely warm colouring and beautiful grain pattern. It is treated with a raw hard wax oil which keeps the timber looking natural.

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Ordering and Delivery

How to Order

You can place your order online but if you would prefer to speak to one of the team to discuss any aspects of your order, please call us on 01488 608020. Please check the delivery information below to see whether you are eligible for free delivery.  If not, then you will not be able to place your order online so please call us for a delivery quote.

We are always happy to chat through timber, finish and fabric choices.  Alternatively e-mail sales@benchmarkfurniture.com or better still, visit us at our showroom and while you are here, we would be delighted to show you around the workshop.

Lead Times

All our pieces are made to order and crafted to the highest quality. We don't cut corners or compromise our standards so please be aware that your order may sometimes take up to 8 weeks. We will e-mail you when we have booked your order into the workshop and give you an estimated delivery date. We will be in  touch again in the weeks prior to delivery.

Delivery

We have our own fleet of vehicles and drivers to ensure safe delivery. Where we can’t deliver ourselves due to distance, we work with partner companies who offe the same high quality service and care.  Your furniture will be carefully blanket wrapped to protect it whilst in transit, delivered into the room of your choice, unwrapped and assembled as required.  Please let us know if you have any access issues.

We offer free delivery to postcodes starting with the following prefixes:
AL, B, BA, BH, BN, BR, BS, CB, CF, CH, CM, CO, CR, CT, CV, CW, DA, DE, DN, DT, DY, E, EC, EN, EX, GL, GU, HA, HP, HR, IG, IP, KT, LD, LE, LL, LN, LU ME, MK, N, NG, NN, NP, NR, NW, OX, PE, PO, RG, RH, RM, S, SA, SE, SG, SK, SL, SM, SN, SO, SP, SS, ST, SW, SY, TA, TF, TN, TW, UB, W, WA, WC, WD, WR, WS, WV
For delivery outside of these postcodes, we will need to provide you with a delivery quote. Please order by phone on 01488 608020.

Authenticity

Each piece of furniture we sell has a mark in the form of a discreetly fixed polished pewter disk that shows that it is an authentic Benchmark original. This is individually numbered and a record of the piece and purchaser is kept in our register.

Peace of Mind

We take pride in all our goods being made to exceptional standards but because things sometimes go wrong, our returns policy states that where a damaged or faulty piece of furniture is delivered, we will do our utmost to rectify the error as quickly as possible. If you are unhappy with your purchase for other reasons, let us know within seven days and we will guarantee a refund providing the item is returned in "as new condition" within 14 days. Unfortunately we are unable to refund shipping, handling or insurance charges, except of course in the case of any errors on our part. Bespoke pieces made to special order cannot be refunded, unless there is a fault with the product.

We are confident that our furniture will stand the test of time and offer a five year guarantee against defective workmanship and materials. However, please note that most of our furniture is made of solid timber, and you should expect it to move slightly in damp or overly dry conditions.

Please note that for pieces that are not made by Benchmark, such as Vienna Chairs and Carl Hansen Chairs, we are only able to offer a one year guarantee against defective workmanship. 

If you would like to chat through the timber, finishes or upholstery options or would like to see samples before you order, please call us on 01488 608020 or e-mail sales@benchmarkfurniture.com 

 
Care guides

Care instructions for Oiled Pieces

 

Our furniture is very easy to look after, and with a little care, will continue to look beautiful for future generations.  We use Osmo Polyx Oil, a hard wax oil, which keeps the timber looking and feeling as natural as possible whilst providing a level of protection against every day stains and spills.

The choice of oil depends upon the timber.  For oak we offer three choices of oil - a clear oil which gives a warm, honey tone, a white oil which keeps the oak looking natural and counters the natural darkening with age and raw oil which keeps the timber closes to its natural state. For ash, we offer just the white oil as clear oil tends to make it look a little yellow.  Walnut is only offered in clear oil which brings out its rich grain and colour.

The wax will be fully hardened after 4 weeks.  Particular care should be taken in the first few weeks after delivery.

To clean on a daily basis simply wipe the surface with a damp cloth and then remove any moisture with a dry cloth.  Wipe off anything that will stain straight away, eg red wine, balsamic vinegar, oil, tea, coffee, alcohol, etc.
Occasionally spills may penetrate the oil and you may need to re-oil.  Make sure the area is dry. Lightly sand the stain along the grain with a fine grade sandpaper until you can no longer see the mark.  You will be removing a thin layer of the wax oil.  Blend in the edges of the stain by lightly sanding the surrounding area.  Apply a thin layer of Osmo Polyx oil (two teaspoons of oil should be enough to cover 1m2) to the sanded area on a soft cloth.  Concentrate on the sanded area and then blend in the edges by wiping the cloth across the surrounding area.  You may need to reapply the oil after 2 hours to provide a match with the existing finish.
 
Dents and scratches may be sanded out with sandpaper or steamed with heat from an iron applied on top of a damp cloth.  You will notice that it now feels slightly rough where the grain has come out.  Use fine grade sandpaper to lightly sand and ‘de-nib’ the grain.  The sanded area can then be treated as above.

 
 

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