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Forum topic by ric53 posted 02-05-2017 12:48 PM 588 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2017 12:48 PM

I have a customer that wants a mid century reception desk made to match the rest of her salon furniture. The furniture is teak. I am wondering if they make a teak veneer plywood as I’m sure that she does not want to pay what solid teak would cost her. Any ideas?

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#1 posted 02-05-2017 01:38 PM

Teak is getting harder to come by, even plywood will cost quite a bit (I’d expect to pay at least $250’for a sheet of 3/4” even at wholesale prices). If you usual plywood distributor can’t get it for you check with the ones that cater to boat building.

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#2 posted 02-05-2017 03:41 PM

TungOil is spot on. It’s not near you, but I checked the prices at my go-to wood supplier, Johnson Lumber in Charlotte, Michigan. The only teak plywood they list is marine grade and a 3/4” 4’ x 8’ sheet is $188.

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#3 posted 02-05-2017 05:30 PM

Some clients have great enthusiasm for teak
until they hear the price of it.

I suggest working up a double quote in teak
ply and in solid walnut.

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#4 posted 02-05-2017 06:18 PM

Teak is great for boats. For everything else, there’s other woods and stain :)

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#5 posted 02-06-2017 01:59 AM

Here is my former Teak veneered dining room table with leaves extended. Veneer was 4’ x 8’ PSA to eliminate the need for clamping. The core was birch plywood with solid teak edging. Teak stain from Mohawk Finishes was used on all items, then sprayed with Mohawk sealer and flat lacquer topcoat.

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#6 posted 02-06-2017 04:01 AM

Most of that “Danish Modern” furniture was Teak plywood in the first place so it would only be appropriate to use it to make matching pieces.
Yes it is expensive but it is the client who is paying for it. Just be aware that because of the expense of the material teak plywood often has even thinner veneer than other ultra thin veneered cabinet grade plywoods. I’ve used lots of it and I always ( for use in boats) put epoxy sealer on it before I even started to cut it.

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#7 posted 02-06-2017 04:03 AM


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 02-06-2017 04:16 AM

Check out these guys. I’ve dealt with them a few times. They have good products.
Another option (other than plywood) would be to buy the leaves and lay them up separately.

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#9 posted 02-06-2017 05:02 AM

Thinking outside the box…You might be able to repurpose another piece of mid century or even modern Danish furniture to make a desk so check Craig’s list for something that has large enough pieces to salvage. We’ve got some teak Danish book shelves for example that we’ve had for about 25 years. Another source for repurposed lumber are teak patio tables though I’m not sure if they are exactly the same kind of teak? If you have a band saw, you could also resaw your own veneer from teak lumber.

Just a thought.

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