teak vs. cedar chairs

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Forum topic by Danpaddles posted 04-14-2014 12:49 AM 1220 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2014 12:49 AM

I got REAL lucky and ended up with a stack of teak deck boards, 3.5×1. I’m thinking- patio chairs of some sort, our old Adirondacks are shaky these days. There will be a few design issues with the narrow deck boards, and I do not want to buy wider/ thicker boards to meet plans. I can edge join when I have to, but would prefer to work the design such that I can mostly use what I have.

I can find lots of plans online for porch gliders, most from cedar. Seems like they all use 2x stock for the bottom frame. I am wondering if my one inch teak would be just about as strong as 2x cedar?

What other projects come to mind, traditional teaky things. I’d almost feel like a picnic table would be a waste of really expensive wood. But- it is a pretty large stack of wood. I can not store it forever.

TIA for your thoughts and ideas.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 01:11 AM

1” teak easily matches 2” cedar (IMHO). Build away and be sure to post.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 01:14 AM

Teak is real tough. Cedar is kind of wimpy as a structural
wood but it looks nice, ages well outdoors, and bugs
don’t like it. A agree with Monty.

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 09:12 AM

If you build it, they will come…..

It’s worth noting that teak is abrasive and is tough on cutters. Keep them clean and sharp.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 09:21 AM

Deff go with the teak.. I agree with all above. The teak will be a thing of beauty!
I’m actually in the process of building 12 adirondack chairs out of white oak for a client. The material is all 4/4 and I had to finagle the plans a bit to make the material work. Let us know how you make out.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 11:56 AM

According to the wood-database, teak is almost exactly twice as strong as western redcedar in terms of resistance to breakage, although not quite twice as strong for resistance to bending. If we’re comparing teak to northern white cedar (the local cedar around here, a beautiful wood, that will outlast the red outside, but is much weaker), teak is over twice as strong in both bending and breaking strength.
So I guess this means you can go for it, like the others said…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 04-15-2014 12:47 AM

I would love to have your teak for my tall folding chairs! It would be plenty strong and the width would work out just right! Click for details

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 04-16-2014 12:08 PM

gfadvm, I’d work out something on a few boards for you, but the freight would kill us. I will look over your blog on those tall chairs, glad you posted that.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#8 posted 04-16-2014 12:25 PM

Yeah, the shipping would be costly. But you can bring it when you come visit!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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