Teak, also called Burmese Teak (scientific name: Tectonagrandis), has a heartwood of golden or medium brown color. Its texture is coarse and uneven, luster is moderate to low and grain is straight but can be interlocked or wavy.

Teak is commonly found in south Asia. It is exceptionally resistant to decay and heartwood is rated very durable.Teak is resistant to termites and moderately resistant to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

4,740 N(1,070 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

655 kg/m3(41 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Easy to work within almost all regards, but a high level of silica (up to 1.4%) has a significant blunting effect on cutting tools. It is good with glues and finishes well, though may require wiping the surface with a solvent to reduce the natural oils on the surface.


Pricing / Availability

Teak is a type of wood that has consistently remained quite expensive despite being produced on a worldwide scale. It belongs to select a category of lumbers that are extremely expensive and yet available in large sizes; since most premium woods are only available in small sizes or are priced quite steeply on because of the figure of the wood’s grain.



Since it is available amply throughout the world, it is not under immediate threat and is therefore not mentioned in the CITES Appendices and on the IUCN’s Red List.


Common Uses

It is used in large-scale products such as boats, in construction projects, for carving, and also in small-scale products such as small wooden items.

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