|DESCRIPTION||In an effort to preserve a natural resource, this teak is plantation grown and harvested to preserve the natural teak trees which are becoming endangered today. The heartwood is a uniform golden brown without markings. Grain is usually straight to slightly wavy. Texture is coarse, uneven and oily to the touch, sometimes with a white glistening deposit.
Weight varies from about 38lbs to 43lbs per cu. ft.
|Costa Rica, Colombia, various other countries|
|BOTANICAL NAME||Tectona Grandis|
|OTHER NAMES||Pahi, Mai Sak, Sagwan, Tekku, Sagon, Tegina, Jati Sak, Djati, Gia Thi|
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES||Medium bending and high crush strength. Low stiffness and resistance to shock. Fissile and brittle with great dimensional stability. Moderate steam bending characteristics.|
|WORKING PROPERTIES||Medium resistance to cutting tools with a severe blunting effect. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Gluing is good on freshly planed or sanded surfaces. Fine machine dust is a skin irritant. Stains well and takes a satisfactory finish, especially an oil finish.|
|DURABILITY||Very durable. Susceptible to insect attack. Extremely resistant to preservative treatment.|
|SEASONING||Dries well, but slowly. Variations in drying rates can occur in individual pieces. Standing trees are girdled and left to dry for three years before felling. Small movement.|
|USES||Extensively used in ship and boat building for decking, rails, hatches, etc. Furniture and cabinetmaking, flooring, garden furniture, chemical vats, fume ducts, laboratory benches, plywood, and decorative veneers.|
|COMMENTS||Acid and fire resistant.|
Teak wood comes in three grades:
Only naturally occurring Burmese Teak produces FEQ grade lumber. Plantation Teak is only available in Premium and Select/Common grades.
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