The true teak of Burma is a uniform golden brown colour without markings, but most other teak is rich brown with darker chocolate brown markings. Indian teak is wavy grained and mottled, but generally straight to wavy grained, coarse textured, uneven, oily to the touch, and sometimes with a white glistening deposit.
This hard, medium density wood has medium bending strength, high crushing strength combined with low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. Teak can be bent to moderate radius of curvature.
Dries well but rather slowly. Variations in drying rates can occur in individual pieces. There is small movement in service.
Teak offer medium resistance to tools but a severe blunting effects on cutters. Tungsten carbide tipped saws are suitable. Pre-boring is necessary for nailing. Gluing is good on freshly planed or sanded surfaces.
Very durable; liable to insect attack. It is extremely resistant to preservation treatment.
Extensively used for ship for boat building for decking, rails, hatches, etc. Furniture and cabinetmaking, interior and exterior joinery, flooring exterior structural work and garden furniture.