The name Teak refers to a tropical hard wood tree species. The scientific name of Teak is Tectona grandis. In Nepal Teak wood is used for furniture and also extensively for musical instruments. Burma accounts for about one third of the world’s total teak wood production.
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Aside from the natural growth of teak, cultivated teak is also popular. Studies have found that cultivated teak is as durable as the natural wild form. The economic and financial rotation of teak wood is generally about 25 to 40 years. http://www.forestrynepal.org/article/tags/4469
Teak is resistant to termite attacks. Teak has a natural oil that helps it to with-stand harsh climate conditions. It is a very popular wood for out door furnitures. Coupled with high tensile strength and tight grain, teak wood is the darling of many boat builders.
Other uses of teak wood is for window frames, furniture, columns and beams in homes.
The fact that teak wood is resistant to rotting and also due to the fact that fungi and mildew don’t grow on it, it is a ideal material for boat building. Teak wood also has a very low shrinkage ratio. So climatic changes does not impact the structures of the furniture built from teak wood.
So durable property of the teak doesn’t come from it’s hardness. So teak wood is easy to work with.
Due to the oily nature of teak, chemicals including paint could react with it. Extreme care should be exercised. The other option is to use no finishing at all. It will cure to a silver-grey color.