Teak

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Description

A hard, dense wood obtained from the Tectona grandis tree native to the East Indies. Teak is a golden brown wood with a straight grain and coarse texture. It is very resistant to insects and decay. Teak is used for high quality furniture, boxes, chests, doors, and shipbuilding. Teak wood retains an aromatic smell for over a hundred years.

Synonyms and Related Terms

common teak (Tectona grandis); Dahat teak (Tectona hamiltoniana); Philippine Teak (Tectona philippinensis); tekka; teck (Fr., It.); Tiekholz (Deut;); teakboom (Ned.); teca (Esp., Port.); teak(Sven.); jati

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Other Properties

Extremely resistant to decay.

Density 35-55 ppcf

Hazards and Safety

Skin contact, especially with sap, may cause irritation

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Authority

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 803
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965 Comment: 35-50 ppcf
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "teak (genus Tectona grandis)" Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Premium Service. [Accessed 28 Sept. 2005].
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: density=41-55 ppcf (0.66-0.88 g/cm3)

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