Easy to work in nearly all regards, with the only caveat being that Teak contains a high level of silica (up to 1.4%) which has a pronounced blunting effect on cutting edges. Despite its natural oils, Teak usually glues and finishes well, though in some instances it may be necessary to wipe the surface of the wood with a solvent prior to gluing/finishing to reduce the natural oils on the surface of the wood.
Dark golden yellow turning dark brown with age..
Some Typical Uses:
Ship and boatbuilding, veneer, furniture, exterior construction, carving, turnings, and other small wood objects.
What's the Tree Like?
Though not a domestic hardwood, it is included because of demand. Native to southern Asia, Teak is also widely grown on plantations throughout tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This tree may reach 130-150 feet in height with clear trunks to 80-90 feet. Trunk diameters usually 3-5 feet; older trees fluted and buttressed.
Teak is available in the following thickness:
- 4/4 (13/16") flat sawn S2S and edged one side