Wood Species - Teak
Color: Heartwood varies from yellow-brown to dark golden brown; turns
rich brown under exposure to sunlight. Sapwood is a lighter cream color.
Grain: Straight; coarse, uneven texture.
Variations within species and grades: Moderate to high color variation.
Hardness(Janka): 1000; 22% softer than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00186; 50% more
stable than red oak).
Durability: Strength values are similar to those of American oak.
Sawing/Machining: Moderate ease in working with hand and machine tools;
silica in wood dulls tools quickly: carbide tooling is recommended.
Sanding: Clogs abrasives; frequent sandpaper changes are required.
Nailing: Good holding ability.
Finishing: Natural oils may interfere with adhesion and drying of some
finishes. To reduce the wood’s tendency to repel finish coats, surface
resins may be removed with a solvent that is compatible with the finish to be
Comments: Has an oily feel. Unique in that it does not cause rust or
corrosion when in contact with metal. Respiratory and dermatological allergic
From The National Wood Flooring
Association's "Wood Species Used in Wood Flooring" information booklet.
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