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The sapwood of Teak is white to pale yellow, while the heartwood is dark golden-brown to dark golden-yellow to rich brown in colour with darker chocolate-colored brown streaks. The species has a straight, occasionally wavy grain and is fairly coarse and uneven in texture. The wood itself can be greasy with shiny white pockets. This species has a dull lustre. Teak has a high resistance to decay and termite attack. In fact the oil secreted by the wood is reported to be a natural insect repellent. The wood remains smooth under friction and is reported to have the odour of leather when freshly cut. Chestnut is difficult and time consuming to dry properly.
Teak’s hardness is 1000. As a flooring option, teak is a somewhat hard and durable wood. It falls between black cherry and black walnut in hardness, is about forty per cent harder than Douglas fir, is thirty-one per cent softer than sugar maple, is roughly sixty-nine per cent as hard as hard maple, and is just over forty-five per cent as hard as santos mahogany's ranking of 2200.
Teak can be somewhat difficult to saw properly due to its severe dulling effect on cutting edges. Pre-boring is suggested yet the wood holds nails well once applied. Glue holds well and easily with teak flooring. This species sands good but can clog sandpaper. Solvent use is suggested on the surface of the wood prior to staining to ensure minimal interference with the natural oils present. Fairly well but does mar somewhat easily under heavy traffic.
Teak's uses include flooring, flooring accents, fine furniture, interior construction, canoes, and tables.