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Wood Properties of Teak

Teak Amount of Figure
Intermediate

Teak Amount of Natural Luster
Low

Teak Availability of Wood
Limited

Teak Available As Lumber
Yes

Teak Available as Veneer
Yes

Teak Available only in small sizes
No

Teak Bending Strength
Moderate

Teak Blunting of Tool Blades
Severe

Teak Botanical Name
Tectona grandis

Teak Carving
Good, easy to carve

Teak Clear Finish or Varnish
Fair

Teak Color of Wood
Yellow or Golden Brown

Teak Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Teak Crushing Strength
High

Teak Decorative Figure
No

Teak Density
High

Teak Drilling
Fair or Satisfactory

Teak Fill before Finishing
Requires a filler

Teak Gluing
Average - Requires control

Teak Grain
Mostly Straight

Teak Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Noticeable or Distinct growth ring

Teak Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Faint growth ring stripe

Teak Hand Tooling
Average

Teak Hardness
Average

Teak Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Teak Harmful Properties
May cause dermatological problems or skin irritation

Teak Interlocked Grain
No

Teak Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Low

Teak Machine Tools
Average

Teak Mortising
Fair or satisfactory

Teak Movement after drying
Low

Teak Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

Teak Nailing
Fair - may require pre-drilled pilot hole especially near ends

Teak Natural Durability
Very durable

Teak Number of Knots
Low

Teak Painting
Good

Teak Planing
Fair

Teak Polishing
Fair

Teak Pounds per cubic foot maximum
40

Teak Pounds per cubic foot minimum
40

Teak Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Teak Sanding
Fair or satisfactory

Teak Sawing
Moderate cutting resistance

Teak Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Teak Screwing
Fair - May require pre-drilled pilot holes especially near ends

Teak Shaping
Good

Teak Size of Knots
Intermediate

Teak Size of Pores
Large Pores - Open grain

Teak Specific Gravity
High

Teak Specific Gravity maximum
.59

Teak Specific Gravity minimum
.59

Teak Staining
Fair - May stain unevenly or change colors

Teak Steam Bending
Satisfactory

Teak Stiffness
Moderate

Teak Surface Preparation for Finishing
Yes

Teak Texture of the Wood
Coarse

Teak Toughness
Low

Teak Turning
Good

Teak Weight
Heavy

Teak Wood Defects
Few drying defects

Teak Work Notes
Tungsten tipped or very sharp saw knives, slow feed rate

Teak Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
no

Teak Use for Carving
no

Teak Use for Cooperage
no

Teak Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Teak Use for Flooring
YES

Teak Use for Furniture
YES

Teak Use for Handles
no

Teak Use for Heavy Construction
no

Teak Use for Inlay
no

Teak Use for Interior Finish
no

Teak Use for Light Construction
no

Teak Use for Marine Applications
YES

Teak Use for Marquetry
no

Teak Use for Millwork
no

Teak Use for Models and Patterns
no

Teak Use for Musical Instruments
no

Teak Use for Novelties
no

Teak Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Teak Use for Shingles
no

Teak Use for Sports Equipment
no

Teak Use for Turnery
YES

Teak Use for Woodenware
no





     
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