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08-29-2018 05:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut teak furniture mid-century identify wood refinishing question

Like many before me, I’m trying to figure out if this mid century furniture is made of teak or walnut. I can’t find an explanation of how to identify that gives me confidence. I think it’s walnut, my friend swears it’s teak, and I have no idea why it would or wouldn’t be either. Can you help me identify and tell me what you’re looking at to make that conclusion?

Thanks!


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

It looks more like butternut to me.

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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.

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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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#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

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

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

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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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#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. :-)

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