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Identifying Walnut vs Teak

by MarFos
posted 08-29-2018 05:57 PM


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Andre

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#1 posted 08-29-2018 06:08 PM

I would go with Teak! But better wait and see what Tony thinks:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Bill_Steele

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#2 posted 08-29-2018 06:32 PM

That looks like Walnut to me. For me Teak has a distinct texture/feel and smell.

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#3 posted 08-29-2018 06:34 PM

I will also go with teak (at least for this part)

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-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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MarFos

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#4 posted 08-29-2018 06:51 PM



I will also go with teak (at least for this part).

- John Smith

What do you see there that identifies it as teak?

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John Smith

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#5 posted 08-29-2018 06:59 PM

several years with working with it ??
I don’t work with walnut – so it is sort of like the process of elimination.

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-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 08-29-2018 07:09 PM

It looks more like butternut to me.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 08-29-2018 07:21 PM

I’m going with walnut. Teak starts amber and turns light as time passes, almost like sun bleached white oak.

Similarly, Walnut starts off dark brown and fades to light brown (as the above photos show) over time.

The color, grain pattern, light figuring, and wide open pores tell me that it’s walnut. The last picture looks like quarter sawn. The other photos show mostly flat sawn and light grain figuring (also prevalent with walnut). One piece looks like a weird cross-grain cut with lots of grain runout which is structurally undesired. I would doubt that it is composed of both teak and walnut as that would be as noticeable as mixing pine with red oak.

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#8 posted 08-29-2018 08:35 PM

I think it’s teak. It looks like teak that’s been sanded. The middle pic shows signs of the oil waiting just below the surface.

-- Aj

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MarFos

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#9 posted 08-29-2018 09:18 PM

Oh yeah, it’s definitely been sanded. I just stripped it and I’m sanding it down today. Does that change any of your guesses? I can post more photos, too, if that helps.

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Aj2

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#10 posted 08-29-2018 09:28 PM

If its teak it will slowly turn Brown as the oils come back to the surface.
What is the piece a chair maybe

-- Aj

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MarFos

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#11 posted 08-29-2018 09:58 PM



If its teak it will slowly turn Brown as the oils come back to the surface.
What is the piece a chair maybe

- Aj2

This piece is a small end table. I’ll take on the matching sofa next.

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MarFos

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#12 posted 08-29-2018 09:59 PM

Here are some shots of the wood oiled. Maybe that helps?

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MarFos

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#13 posted 08-29-2018 10:06 PM

And here’s the table top oiled.

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#14 posted 08-29-2018 11:14 PM

Here’s a pic of a teak mirror frame I just fixed several weeks ago. Looks very close to your table.

-- Aj

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shipwright

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#15 posted 08-29-2018 11:54 PM

Your eyes can fool you, especially in pictures. Nothing in the world smells like teak. Cut it or sand it and if it’s teak you will definitely know …... if you know what teak smells like. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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MarFos

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#16 posted 08-30-2018 12:00 AM



Your eyes can fool you, especially in pictures. Nothing in the world smells like teak. Cut it or sand it and if it’s teak you will definitely know …... if you know what teak smells like. :-)

- shipwright

I have no idea what teak smells like! And I stripped it with Citrustrip, so that’s most of what I smelled. Does it smell like anything else, for reference?

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#17 posted 08-30-2018 12:08 AM

Teak has a nutty smell to me

-- Aj

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#18 posted 08-30-2018 12:48 AM

Like I said, nothing in the world, sorry.
In shipyards it is sometimes called the smell of money.
......... but it doesn’t really smell like money ….. sorry again.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Bill_Steele

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#19 posted 08-30-2018 08:54 PM

I agree—Teak has a very distinct smell—I love it. As soon as you cut it on your tablesaw you will understand. I think it also has a distinct feel—although smell and feel may be affected by how much it has weathered. It almost feels a little oily or lubricated. It might be the oils which give it the unique smell.

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