Teak Wood Info

Teak is one of the most valuable timbers, "the king under the timbers", in ancient times considered as "a royal timber".

Teak is world wide recognized for its durability and stability, The timber is immense stable, has a high oil content that works as "built-in" natural water repellent and is therefore virtually immune to rotting, fungi and harsh chemicals. Teak is one of the few timbers that can withstand the heat of the desert and will not readily catch fire.
 

Untreated teak can be left in the open for more than 30 years whilst becoming an attractive soft silver color. Teak is one of the timbers not susceptible to termite (white ants) attacks.

Teak will not turn black when in contact with metals.
 

Appearance
Teak has a great beauty. It is generally fine to coarsely grained, even texture, medium luster and an oily feel. Yellow brown to dark golden brown heartwood and grayish or white sapwood.
 

Physical properties
Teak has a high degree of natural durability, is moderately hard and heavy with low stiffness and shock resistance but an excellent decay resistance and dimensional stability with a good acid resistance.
 

Use
Exterior and interior, indoor and outdoor furniture, ship decks.

 

Name Teak (Tectona grandis)
Type Hardwood
Other Names Also known as Burma teak, Rangoon teak, moulmein teak, gia thi, jati sak, kyun, mai sak, rosawa, and many other local names.
Sources Grows in Indonesia, India, and Central America.
Appearance Generally straight grained with a coarse, uneven texture, medium luster and an oily feel. Yellow brown to dark golden brown heartwood and grayish or white sapwood.
Physical Props Moderately hard and heavy, with low stiffness and shock resistance, moderate bending strength, moderate steam bending, and excellent decay resistance and dimensional stability. Good acid resistance.
Working Props Works reasonably well with hand or machine tools but silica in wood is tough on cutting edges and machine dust can be an irritant. Good turning and carving properties. Gluing best done on freshly cut surfaces due to oily nature. Pre-drilling recommended for screwing and nailing. Stains and finishes well although natural oils can cause adhesion difficulties.
Uses Has numerous uses including ship building (especially decks), indoor or outdoor furniture, high class joinery, flooring, paneling, plywood, decorative veneers, turnery, carving, chemical tanks and vats.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

03/01/16 - Thank you for the teak oil recommendation.  My husband had been thinking about it - your recommendation pushed us to do it and we did yesterday.  Attached are a couple of finished product pictures - also a picture of two chairs side by side with one oiled and one waiting to be oiled - what a difference!!!!!!!!  Thanks again for a fantastic table, chairs and cushions.

 

02/27/16 - Last week our expansion table with 4 Tisbury stackable arm chairs and cushions (brown with cream piping) were delivered from our shipper.  We absolutely love it all!  Assembly of the chairs and table was easy (it took me longer to cut up all the boxes than it took for my husband to put everything together!)  The table expands very smoothly.  The cushions were custom with cream piping on the brown cushion and it just really adds so much to the appearance of the cushions.  Shipment from MA was quicker than we originally expected which was fantastic since we still had to wait the time it took for everything to come on the ship and then clear customs.  Goldenteak was wonderful to work with.    K&D  C,  Christiansted, USVI (Teak Round Extension Table (103), Tisbury Stacking Chairs (TS-1A-4)) - See customer photo here.

05/19/2016 - Hmmm.  We were pleased with the interaction with your company.  The order came promptly, the pieces were of high quality, and assembly went smoothly and without hassles.  I attach a picture of the 'installation'. We are developing a circular 'patio' area within our flower garden that centers on a low serpentine wall and walkway.  It is separated from the adjacent street by a cornus mas hedge that is gradually growing and becoming more dense. Central to the circular 'patio' is a unique sculpture that serves as a table.  Your two circular benches have a circumference that matches that of the outer perimeter of the sculpture and provide seating when the sculpture is used as a table for, e.g. serving wine.  (I could provide more detailed pictures of the benches and the sculpture if that would be helpful.)   Thank you. JR, WA. Thanks for your customer photo (see here). Features Goldenteak's Teak Curved Bench