When and Why to Choose Teak Wood for your project

When choosing a wood species for a project (say garden furniture), it is critical that you define the requirements.

Your requirements and constraints could be:

  • Environment (Outdoors, salt air etc.)

  • Good Natural color

  • Good Weathered Color

  • High Resistance to Decay

  • High Resistance to boring insects like carpenter ants and termites

  • High Resistance to checking and splitting

  • High Resistance to splintering

  • High Strength (requires less bulky sections)

If your requirements were as stated above then the choice of teak is very good as it offers low shrinking and swelling, good color with age, natural decay resistance, natural oils that repel water, and good strength. Honduran mahogany is also reasonable, as it provides most of the needed properties. However, Honduran Mahogany does shrink and swell with wetting and drying more than teak, so some checking and splitting can be expected.

Note: There are three wood species (not related and with considerably different properties) that we call mahogany--African, Honduran, and Philippine mahogany.

Of our native American species, we don't have one that stands out as being fully acceptable. Most softwoods are not suitable due to resin exudation or their low strength. Old growth cypress is one possibility. Many hardwoods are prone to checking or are very low in strength. Woods like black locust or Osage orange, which are good candidates, are hard to find, machine with some difficulty, and have high enough shrinkage to cause concern about splits. Walnut is a strong possibility, but when wet it might leach a little, causing a person's white pants to become discolored if they sat on wet furniture; same problem with Osage orange. (American chestnut would be a good candidate too; lumber is still available.)


Oct 21, 2014 - Love our Golden Teak sofa and chairs! We had previously purchased a teak dining table and chairs from a local store and were unhappy with the quality and frustrated with a difficult assembly. Then we found Golden Teak online and ordered a deep seating sofa and two matching chairs. They were delivered in a timely manner and arrived in great condition. Assembly was easy although it really helped to look online to get the full instructions. We LOVE the way the set looks; we love its quality; and we love how comfortable it is! I suspect there will lots of naps on the porch from now on.  LB - AL (Teak Deep Seating Sofa in Spectrum Graphite, Teak Deep Seating Club Chairs)  See Photo HERE

Ordered this beautiful table from GoldenTeak five years ago. Superior quality construction and durability in hot and sticky Florida weather. With light annual maintenance, this table looks as good as the day it was delivered. Compliments abound. Highly recommend.