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Teak Wood Collection - Durango

Reclaimed Teak Wood Furniture

Before You Buy

You're on the hunt for furniture. Not just any piece will do; you want something that's timeless, durable, and easy to maintain.

You do a little bit of research. Come to find out, there's a massive amount of different types of wood to choose from. It's a little overwhelming!

No worries though, we've got you covered. This article is part of our series on the woods and techniques we use here at World Interiors.

Teak Wood: One of the World's Rarest Species

The wood of choice for our trendy and functional crank tables is Teak wood. Teak, scientific name Tectona Grandis, is a tropical hardwood species from the family Lamiaceae. It's native to the vast rain forests of South and Southeast Asia, specifically Burma, India, Laos, and Thailand.

Nowadays, teak grows in about 40 different countries throughout tropical regions throughout the world, including Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Teak Tree
Dakota Dining Collection and Chiavari Dining Chairs

For teak wood to reach it's maximum durability, it be be harvest from mature, old growth trees. These trees are around 200 years old.

Over the past few centuries, the lumber industry has depleted these old growth forests, cause teak wood to become one of the rarest and most expensive hardwoods in the world.

We at World Interiors recognize the depletion of teak as an important issues and take steps to responsibly obtain the teak we use for every piece of furniture we produce.


In the 1700s, the traders of the Dutch East India Company in Indonesia began to recognize the value of teak due to its natural non-slip surface, amazing durability, water resistance, and decay resistance. This led to the Dutch electing to use it as the wood of choice for their naval vessels, allowing these ships to sail longer and farther than those of other nations.

These teak wood ships, named Dutch East Indiamen, made the Netherlands an economic power that rivaled that of England and Spain. Eventually, the rest of Europe caught up with the Dutch. This naval upgrade exists through the present day, as the tough teak is still ranked as a favorite for boat decks and trim.

Teak Wood's uses

In addition to the incorporation of teak into nautical activities such as ship and boat building, this hardwood has been used for many other products and structures.

In its native land of Asia, it's been used as the primary material for hardened homes, ornate archways, and even some palaces, such as the Vimanmek Teak Wood Mansion.

Teak wood is also used for flooring, veneers, wood carvings and painting frames, and, of course, fine furniture.


density & hardness

The Janka Hardness rating for Teak wood is measured to be 1070 pounds of force (4,740 Newtons). Despite its hardness being relatively low compared to other hardwoods, such as Hickory that has a Janka rating of 1,820, its high silica content makes up for it, blunting traditional woodworking tools because of this. Teak wood instead requires carbide-tipped blades when cutting it. Its density comes in at 41 pounds per cubic foot.


Teak wood's grain is usually described as straight, though it is sometimes wavy or interlocked. It has a naturally course texture and low luster.
Teak's heartwood is often characterized to be a golden or medium brown. Over time, the wood will darken in color.


Teak is considered to be the "gold standard" for decay resistance. This is because of its oil retention. While all woods contain oils that protect the tree (think maple sap or tea tree oil), teak exceptionally retains these oils and its rubber even after being felled and processed. It is even more rot resistant than Mahogany! It is also very resistant to termites and moderately resistant to marine borers and powder beetles.

Teak Wood Grain Characteristics


We use reclaimed Teak, because it's highly durable and lightweight and the wood has both a unique texture and unique coloring.


As previously stated, Teak wood is considered the "gold standard" of decay resistance. Its high silica content and superb oil retention naturally protects the wood from the outside forces of daily use, and is proven to last centuries with little maintenance.


Teak is one of those most lightweight hardwoods. This opens up so many possibilities with altering form and function. This is why teak is our wood of choice for our crank tables, as the crankshaft can easily support the weight of a teak slab with a smooth action for lifting and lowering.

Cordoba Reclaimed Teak Gathering Table Set


Like the sailors of old and new have noticed, teak wood has a course texture. This created a non-slip surface for them, keeping on-deck injuries low. For us, this unique texture gives every piece its own flair as well as protecting cups, plates, and other tableware and decor from sliding.


The grain coloration of teak creates some truly delightful dining tables, charming chairs, and many other fascinating pieces, such as this industrial coffee table.
Teak also darkens with age, giving an wonderful weathered look as time passes.


As previously stated old growth teak is one of the rarest species of wood in the world due to its depletion over centuries of exploitation by the lumber industry.

Cordoba Reclaimed Teak Gathering Table SetMessina Bedframe and dresserTeak Wood Color Example

While plantation teak is now being grown, it is extremely expensive due to the worldwide demand for teak drastically outweighing the supply from these few plantations.

Our mission is to provide sustainably produced furniture for affordable prices. This is why we elect to use reclaimed teak for the production of all our pieces.

So what is reclaimed teak? Reclaimed teak is teak wood harvested from old, unused structures. Due to teak's natural decay resistance and durability over eras, this wood has the same quality that freshly-cut teak does. By using recycled teak wood, we ensure that the world's forests can recover, and we can continue providing you with quality furniture for a price that won't break the bank.

Teak Wood Plantation

Wood Care: Tips For Maintaining Your Teak Wood Furniture

It's important to note that this is a living, breathing piece of furniture. For a longer lasting piece, proper maintenance is vital! For a piece that can truly stand for generations, consider these tips:

  • Teak wood is naturally resistant to stains and water, so no need to worry too much about that spilled wine.
  • If a spill does occur, wipe it up with a dampened cloth. This will ensure that the cells in the wood absorb some of the water, protecting against cracking.
  • To disinfect the furniture, use warm, soapy water. Using products with harsher chemicals will wear down the finish.
  • Avoid placing the furniture near radiators, computer towers, or other objects that produce excessive heat as this can cause warping.
  • Dust once a week with lint-free cloth or feather duster.
  • Do not use teak oil on the wood. Teak oil is not actually the natural oil from the tree, it is merely named that for marketing purposes; it's actually made of linseed and solvent. Application of this oil to the table will only cause a short-lived glow, and may adhere to the wood's surface, encouraging fungus growth.

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