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TEAK

Tectona grandis



NOTE: there are at least 60 species from over 2 dozen genera that have "teak" as all or part of one or more of their common names. Although this page is primarily for Tectona grandis ("genuine teak"), I may put other teaks (specifically identified) here if and when I encounter them.


my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of teak / Tectona grandis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of teak / Tectona grandis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of "curly" teak / Tectona grandis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. I put the "curly" in quotes because the curl is so weak you can just barely see it on the labled side, which is raw, and on the 2nd side, which I sanded to 240 grit I really can't see it at all now.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above. The color in the pic is too red


small piece and end grain


end grain closeup from the piece directly above


two 3/4" planks, most likely cut from the same section of the same tree. The apparently lighter color at and above the knothole on each is more a function of the placement of the light source for the pic than of the color in the planks, which was quite uniform. Both of these have the typical greasy feel of teak.


plank and end grain --- this piece was cut from one of the larger planks directly above and as you can see, the sanding has removed some of the slightly shiny greenish patina.


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank. The side in the first pic was sanded but the side in the 2nd pic was not so still shows a slightly orangish patina


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


teak plank reported to have been salvaged (and resawn) from an old building in Southeast Asia --- this is one of those pieces that make me sympathetic with vendors who say "the pics just don't do justice to this wood". The curl is obvious in the pics but just isn't nearly as pretty as in the real wood when seen at the right angle.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


face grain closeup of the piece directly above


plank shot at a lumber yard, particularly because it was so light colored and with an interesting grain pattern


planks photographed at a lumber yard --- there is a hair too much yellow in the pics, but only a hair; these planks really were a golden brown


misc planks photographed at a lumber yard --- golden brown color is quite accurate


both sides of a sample plank of Rhodesian teak / Baikiaea plurijuga --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


veneer


quartersawn flaky veneer with accurate color


flat cut veneer with accurately depicted golden-tinted tan color


veneer with accurately depicted light tan color. The top sheet has a small crotch-like area and both have a faint curly figure.


both sides of a small teak burl piece


end grain of the burl piece directly above



web pics: --- colors are mostly suspect


plank with wet and dry sections


planks listed as teak / Tectona grandis


planks with very believable color


planks


planks listed as Central American teak --- I have not researched whether or not this is perhaps some non-teak wood that is just CALLED teak (the way, for example, that jatoba is called Brazilian cherry even though it totally unrelated to cherry)


planks listed as Asian teak


plank showing both wet and dry sections


plank listed as "genuine" teak


bowl blanks and a closeup


pen blanks


scales listed as tropical teak


flat cut veneer


bookmatched flat cut veneer


quartersawn veneer


bookmatched quartersawn veneer


bookmatched quartersawn figured veneer


veneer


veneer not listed as having any particular figure, but it appears to have a bee's wing figure and the color seems wrong to me (too red)


veneer listed as Brazilian teak


Brazilian teak veneer sheet closeups with both levels of enlargement


flat cut veneer


figured veneer


flat cut figured veneer --- the "figure" in this case is a curl; compare this to the "figure" a few pics down from here which is a mottle.


figured veneer and a closeup --- the "figure" is clearly a mottle, not a curl


quartersawn figured veneer --- the "figure" in this case is clearly a mottle, not a curl


listed as mottled veneer, both of these look to me to be the same as the samples directly above which were listed only as "figured" veneer, showing once again how loosely and inconsistantly such terms are used by various vendors


listed as quartersawn figured veneer but the only figure I see is ray flakes and that is not normally called "figured". Both levels of enlargement are present, so you can judge for yourself.


Burma teak planks --- I'm not familiar with this variety, so cannot comment on the accuracy of the color. All four of these pics are of the same plank


Burma teak with wet and dry sections



both sides and two closeups of a flat cut Burma teak plank


Burma teak planks


figured Burma teak


Rhodesian teak scales



all of these pics are from the BogusColorVendor so I'm not confident of the orange tint in the color


planks


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


both sides of a plank and a closeup


flat cut Burma teak plank and closeup



both sides and a closeup of a quartersawn Burma teak plank


all of the above are from the BogusColorVendor so I'm not confident of the orange tint in the color