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.)
we are so pleased with the quality. It's jsut fabulous." Dolores, VA
I had high expectations of your products after reading the online reviews. I am very pleased to tell you that the furniture we received exceeded even my high expectations.
I am a hobbyist woodworker myself, so I appreciate the tight tolerances and solid engineering that went into the design and construction of this seating set. The joinery was properly sized for the piece and precisely machined for a perfect fit. Glue up, even taking time to be careful as well as clamping and cleanup, took less than half a day for five large pieces. I wish my own work were so precise!
In short, this collection is better built and designed than furniture I have seen costing much more. We have gotten compliments on the look and we look forward to enjoying our purchase for many years. I will be coming back to you for all my outdoor pieces in the future. BK, NV. (Teak Deep Seating Conversation Set with Sofa, Teak Club Chair and Teak Coffee Table with Shelf) See Photo Here