The Teak Family



Scientific Name: Tectona grandis
Location: Southern Asia
Dried Weight: 41lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,070lbf
Crushing Strength: 7,940lbf /in2

Teak has a heartwood that is a golden or medium brown color, which will darken with age. The grain is straight and it has a coarse texture. The end grain is ring-porous or semi-ring porous. The wood is considered good to work with.


rhodesian-teakRhodesian Teak

Scientific Name: Baikiaea plurijuga
Location: Southern Africa
Dried Weight: 56lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 2,990lbf
Crushing Strength: 9,600lbf /in2

Rhodesian teak has a medium brown color, commonly with black streaks. The grain is straight to interlocked and it has a fine even texture. The wood gives off a low natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. The wood is rated as very durable in regards to decay. It is somewhat difficult to work with because of its high butting resistance and severe blunting effect. The wood glues, turns, and finishes well.