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.
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
TEAK IN HISTORY
Teak Wood's uses
TEAK WOOD STATS
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.
THE GOLD STANDARD OF LUMBER
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.
WHY WE USE TEAK WOOD
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.
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.
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.
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:
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