I am planning to build an entertainment center from either mahogany or teak.
I have read that teak is hard on your scraping type tools like a planer or a
jointer. I assume this is due to the sand in the teak. Has anyone in this
group made something from teak? If so, was the work hard on your scraping
tools? Teak would be my first choice but not if I have to sharpen my
scraping tools a few times during the project.
Interesting. I would have to presume the same thing applies to drilling
Any other woods have this property to watch out for? Specifically, I'm
curious about Ipe (Eepay) and any of the other "rot resistant" woods used in
decking, truck floors, etc.
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Most decking jobs with Ipe(several different woods) is mostly a
trip to the store for more drill bits and saw blades. I had a
contractor friend who built a rather large(1800 sqft) deck and
he told me that went through more than $300 in
The hardness is quite remarkable.
Joe AutoDrill wrote:
The various rose woods contain silicate compounds and are hard to saw
or turn. Some of the resin or shaving - might be hazardous to allergic
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On 6/9/2010 9:18 AM, Joe AutoDrill wrote:
Once you price out ranch grown teak (It's almost impossible to find
Thai teak anymore) vs.Mahogany, even Honduras Mahogany, think this
will be a moot discussion.
Expect ranch teak to be north of $17-$18/BF.
Teak is fun to machine, has a great smell, and totally destroys
If you insist on teak, worn tools are part of the price of admission.
I've used maybe 1000 bf of teak. Burmese teak. Yes, it can be mildly
abrasive but I've never found it to be all that bad, not hard to work, glue
or finish. It does have a tendency to split if you put screws near the end;
solution is properly sized shank holes and stay away from the ends.
The biggest problem with teak is the current ridiculous cost. Used to be
about the same as walnut, around $1.30 bf at the time. No more. Same
problem with koa which is sort of mahogany on steroids. I used to get it as
low as $0.50 bf and it hadn't been cherry picked for figure; now $22 and up.
either mahogany or teak.
Some of the finest furniture ever built was made of mahogany. Some of
the finest patio furniture ever built is made of teak.
Just my opinion but teak is way way down the beauty scale from
mahogany. I've never really considered it a nice material for
furniture but rather boat decks and deck chairs.
Again, all opinion.
Also, mahogany is a dream to work with.
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