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.)

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

I have adapted Goldenteak's sideboard to accommodate my expanding cacti/succulent collection at my home in Tucson.  I am very pleased with the results and here's why:
It looks great.

  1. It was easy to assemble - even alone.
  2. It's first rate quality and will hold up in the extreme temperatures here.
  3. It resolves my problem of getting these small 'gardens' off the ground (literally) & off my BBQ counter where they were in the way.

The shipment was partially damaged and Goldenteak seamlessly took care of the problem. I had my replacement parts in short order - with minimal delay and a lot of customer support via phone amid email.

This sideboard went on sale several days after I ordered the piece. When I pointed out this coincidence, Goldenteak honored the sale price and refunded me the difference.
My entire experience has been highly positive with Goldenteak and I would recommend them heartily.

JJT, Tuscon AZ (Teak Buffet Sideboard) 04/23/15

Absolutely love our outdoor furniture set. we purchased a table 10 years ago from you and with oiling it looks new. I recently purchased your Chappy Set and love it. I purchased loungers from another supplier and they have not lasted. Stephanie