Burmese Teak (Tectona Grandis)


Family - Verbenaceae
Distribution - Burma, India, Thailand and Indonesia
Other Names: Tectona theka, Burma teak, Deleg, Djati, Djatos, Dodolan, Genuine teak, Gia thi, Giati, Jate, Jati, Jati sak, Jatih, Jatos, Java teak, Kaiti, Kulidawa, Kyoon-pen, Kyun, Mai sak, Maisak, Moulimein teak, Pahi, Rangoon teak, Rosawa, Sagon, Sagwan, Tadi, Teak, Teca, Teck, Tegina, Tekku, Thekku, Thukku, Tik, Tsik
Characteristics: The sapwood is yellowish or whitish in colour, and sharply defined from the heartwood, which is golden-brown, sometimes figured with darker markings. The wood has an oily feel, and a strong odour reminiscent of old leather when freshly cut, but after drying much of the odour is lost, but the wood retains its oily feel. Teak darkens in colour on exposure; it has a fairly straight grain, sometimes irregular, and a coarse, uneven texture. The average weight of Burma teak is about 640 Kg / m3 when dried.
Working Qualities: The wood can be worked with moderate ease. It takes nails and screws fairly well, and glues satisfactorily on freshly machined or sanded surfaces.
Uses: Shipbuilding, decking, deck-houses, bulwarks, furniture, cabinet- making, interior fittings and panelling, outdoor furniture, plywood and veneer.

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