Exotic Hardwood - Teak

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Availability

  • FEQ: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4

Janka Hardness

  • 1155 lbf (pounds force)

Basic Specific Gravity (oven dry weight/ green volume)

  • .55

Location

  • India, Burma, and Southeast Asia. Teak is also plantation grown in tropical Africa and Latin America.

Description

  • Heartwood is golden or medium brown, darkening with age. Color when freshly machined can vary in color greatly; showing blotches and streaks. The sapwood is pale yellowish and is very distinguishable. Teak’s grain is generally straight, but can be wavy or interlocked. Texture is coarse, uneven, and feels oily due to the natural oils within the wood.

How well does it work?

  • Easy to work with hand and machine tools, but will blunt cutter severely. Pre-drilling is necessary for nailing. The wood glues and finishes well on freshly planed or sanded surfaces. Sometimes it might be necessary to wipe the surface of the wood with solvent to reduce the oils before gluing or finishing Teak.

Seasoning and Durability

  • Rated as very durable to decay and termites. Teak however, is not immune to marine borers and the powder post beetle.

Toxicity

  • Teak has been reported as a sensitizer. Common reactions are eye, skin, or respiratory irritation. Severe reactions to the dust of Teak are considered uncommon.

Common Uses

  • Ship building, furniture, flooring, cabinetry, veneering, plywood, and turnery.
  • * Stock is currently available in limited quanities. This generally means we have less than 500 BF, or the stock is either all narrow or an odd length.

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