Plantation Teak (Tectona grandis)
Common Names: Plantation Teak, Pahi, Mai Sak, Sagwan, Tekku, Sagon, Tegina, Jati Sak, Djati, Gia Thi
Distribution: Native to southern Asia; widely grown on plantations throughout tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America. This teak is plantation grown and harvested to preserve the natural teak trees which are becoming endangered today.
Color/Appearance: Beige and cream (Plantation Teak is less lustrous and its color is slightly lighter in tone than that of Burmese Teak). Grain is usually straight to slightly wavy. Texture is coarse, uneven and oily to the touch, sometimes with a white glistening deposit
Janka Hardness: 1,050 lbf
Density: 3.4 lb./b.f.
Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Teak has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye, skin and respiratory irritation as well as other health effects such as pink eye, rash, nausea, asthma-like symptoms and effects on vision.
Common Uses: Extensively used in ship and boat building for decking, rails, hatches, etc. Furniture and cabinetmaking, flooring, garden furniture, chemical vats, fume ducts, laboratory benches, plywood and decorative veneers.