is this teak can some one help ?

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Project by sadler posted 09-05-2012 04:11 AM 1976 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

im in a bind here and curius on what kind of wood this is and it is amazing ive been told it was teak by 2 diferent people and thats what they gesst first and this isint a project yet but didint know were to post new at this site but thoght id get your guys opinion thanks again

-- charles, Iowa,

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 04:46 AM

It looks like teak to me.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 05:01 AM

alright not bad out of 3 people lol i reclaim old barn wood and i found 2 40ft trailers full of it in a barn well my trailer and found the stack lol the boards are 2×8 16ft long now what to do with it all lol

-- charles, Iowa,

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#3 posted 09-05-2012 08:15 AM

I have a outdoor teak table and it weathers to a gray just like your picture. I have worked with old growth teak and plantation grown, sure looks like teak to me. Is it heavy and dense? Does it dull a blade fairly quickly?

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 09-05-2012 08:41 AM

If it is heavy and dense, then I would also guess teak. Hard on tools. Beautiful wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-05-2012 05:52 PM

Nice looking wood. I’m probably not the best judge, but I wouldn’t guess teak. Teak does weather grey, but this doesn’t look like the teak I’ve seen on a lot of boats.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 06:50 PM

It doesn’t look like the kind of teak I have used so far.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 09-05-2012 08:10 PM

Is this a project?

Or would it be more suitably posted on the Wood and Lumber Forum, where you might get more response.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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will delaney

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#8 posted 09-05-2012 08:32 PM

I just finished a Teak project and would say it is Teak. With 8 post this piece of Teak might make the Daily Top 3!

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#9 posted 09-05-2012 09:02 PM

I don’t think there’s much way to tell from the photos. I’ve used lots of teak and if I could smell it being cut I’d give you an absolute answer because nothing smells like teak.

I would say however that the value of teak and the fact that that much of it could be abandoned, mislaid, or forgotten about don’t go together very well. If it’s teak at today’s prices those boards would each be worth $400 and up depending on where they were being sold.

If for only this reason, I’d say it’s not teak but good luck.

If it is teak, you can retire.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 09-05-2012 09:46 PM

Who knew you could get a teak barn . . . Can I have some?

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#11 posted 09-06-2012 01:15 AM

well i really app the responses from all of you and shipwright when i cut it it was a strong smell and really different nothin like ive smelt before and i think ill hang onto it and i have a guy thats going to help me out that makes misson style furniture and he thinks thats what i should use it for what do you guys think

-- charles, Iowa,

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#12 posted 09-06-2012 10:50 AM

I’m in for Teak on the brown boards and the weathered looks ditto..

Sidebar story.. mid 60’s shop class, just when skateboards first came out and a classmate
decided to make his own using an old metal wheeled roller skate.
He went into the school shop, found a chunk of darkish wood in a corner, and started cutting and shaping.
Thats when our British shop instructor walked in…..Very loud was a piece of Teak “Charlie” had
set aside, safely he thought, for one of his personal projects.
One very expensive skateboard !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#13 posted 09-07-2012 05:25 PM

If this is teak im going to have to re-evaluate my “mahogany” pile in the garage. I might be sitting on a gold mine… lol

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