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Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster posted 09-17-2013 01:56 AM 867 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2013 01:56 AM

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Hey guys,

I have the opportunity to pick up some teak pretty cheap. A family member on my wife’s side clears out warehouses of building materials for people who don’t have the time to do it themselves.

Apparently, he is selling 110 yr old teak that was once part of a rail car floor. He wants to sell the boards, which are 3.5 ft x 2 in x 4 in, for $4 a piece. There also look to be 6 boards that are considerably longer, maybe the size of an 8 ft 2×6. Obviously, this would be an outstanding deal if these were newly cut boards, but they are in pretty rough shape.

Does anyone have any experience with reclaimed teak? Are there some important things to be looking for? Also, are there some good ways to be able to make sure that it actually is teak? I do plan on taking a scraper or small plane to shave off some of the outer layer and have a look at some fresh wood.

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Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 09-17-2013 03:25 AM

If ya get ‘em, ya better get some good saw blades. That stuff can be a bear to cut if it is truly teak.
If if is what you think, you’ll have made a nice haul.


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#2 posted 09-17-2013 03:39 PM

If you’ve ever smelled teak you would know it as soon as you smelled it again. When you scrape it give it a sniff.
If you haven’t smelled it before get a teak scrap and take it along for comparison.
The smell is very distinctive.

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