All About Teak Wood


As the main material for making furniture in Kaliuda Gallery Bali, Teak Wood (Tectona grandis) is very well known for its excellent wood quality. But of course teak also has advantages and disadvantages. What are the advantages and disadvantages of teak? Let’s check below.

Table of Contents

  1. Strength of Teak Wood
    1. Strong and durable
    2. Whatever the weather is
    3. Have beautiful fiber
    4. Teak Wood Is More Resistant To Pests
    5. Not Easy to Shrink or Scrub
    6. Not Easy to Mold
  2. Lack of Teak Wood
    1. The price is more expensive
    2. Not suitable for duco
    3. Have a Great Hall

1. Strength of Teak Wood

Strong and durable

Many people already know that the quality of teak is almost higher than any other type of wood. Teak has good durability and strength, this can be proven by the fact that we rarely find dried teak easily broken and crack, besides teak also have a long life span, there are even some antique teak products that age hundreds of years. So don’t hesitate to buy furniture made from these materials at Kaliuda Gallery, because the quality is already proven.

Whatever the weather is

The advantages of teak that have 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk in diameter are strong,durable and resistant to any weather conditions, whether it’s heat, rain or even winter. So it is only natural that the majority of outdoor wood furniture are produced from this type of wood. Although the weather changes but teak wood will remain as it is in its original form.

Have beautiful fiber.

Teak wood grain - Kaliuda Gallery Bali
Teak wood grain ©️ Kaliuda Gallery

Wood fiber owned by this type of wood is very typical. Teak has a variety of patterns, which can be seen in plain view, so we think it is appropriate that many finish teak wood with natural or classic colors, which highlight the original color of teak and show their style. Grain is straight, though it can occasionally be wavy or interlocked. Coarse, uneven texture and moderate to low natural luster. Raw, unfinished wood surfaces have a slightly oily or greasy feel due to natural oils.

Teak Wood Is More Resistant To Pests

Teak wood is more resistant to wood pests than other wood such as Mahogany, Mindi and Trembesi, but when the wood is still wet there are several cases of teak wood experiencing crocoh. Crocoh itself is the appearance of small holes of wood caused by small pests. But when it becomes an item, we rarely find it eaten by pests. So we conclude one of the advantages of teak is more resistant to pests than other types of wood. Teak has been considered by many to be the gold standard for decay resistance, and its heartwood is rated as very durable. Teak is also resistant to termites, though it is only moderately resistant to marine borers and powder post beetles.

Not Easy to Shrink or Scrub

Besides strong and durable teak wood is also very stable, because dry teak is not easy to experience shrinkage and changes in shape in carpentry terms, “ngulet”, and that makes teak wood widely used in any industry, both wooden furniture, such as chairs , tables, cabinets, beds, kitchen sets, beds and others. Or for housing such as frames, doors and home decorations

Not Easy to Mold

We rarely see moldy teak wood. It is very different from mahogany, because one of the weaknesses of mahogany is that it is easily moldy and we did not find it in teak.

2. Lack of Teak Wood

The price is more expensive

Of course we know teak does have good quality than other wood, and this is likely to make it very expensive. And when we compare the prices of teak and mahogany it turns out teak is more expensive with a difference of almost 30% per cubic. So don’t be surprised if our teak wood products at Kaliuda Gallery are expensive. Because the main raw material is already expensive.

Despite its widespread cultivation on plantations worldwide, Teak is very expensive. It is perhaps one of the most expensive lumbers on the market, at least for large-sized, non-figured wood. Other woods are more expensive, but are typically only available in small pieces, (i.e., Gaboon Ebony or Snakewood), or they are valued solely for the figure of their grain (i.e., burl woods, Pommele Sapele, or Waterfall Bubinga).

Not suitable for duco

Duco furniture ©️ Google

One of the disadvantages of teak is that the pores that are owned are very large so that they will not be suitable if finished with a duco paint model. Even if it can, it definitely requires extra energy and costs, it is very different from mahogany which has small pores so it is easy to make a duco model. In addition teak ejects oil, so that when the process of finishing duco sometimes appears yellowish.

Have a Great Hall

What is the weakness of teak is having a large gudal. Gudal wood is the midpoint of wood. The midpoint of teak is usually larger than other wood. In addition, it is also very easy to peel off because it is like foam, and is generally white.

So, even though teak has its disadvantages, Kaliuda Gallery still chooses to use high-quality solid teak wood as a furniture-making material. Shop our furniture now.

Read our previous blog: 8 Types of Wood and Their Characteristics. Next we want to discuss about Ironwood.


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