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Gespanne

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09-20-2020 10:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: teak fake teak teak stain midcentury modern

I need to make a couple of mid-century modern pieces and was FLOORED when I started looking for teak. Does anyone have a suggestion for a wood that is similar to teak or can be made to look similar to teak that’s a reasonable price?

-- Gespanne


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#1 posted 09-20-2020 10:29 PM

How about cherry?

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#2 posted 09-20-2020 10:59 PM

Khaya mahogany is a bit darker but not by much. And similar grain pattern. Way cheaper. Should be similar price to cherry or Sapele.

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#3 posted 09-21-2020 02:07 AM

Iroko is another one. Don’t know what it costs, however.

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#4 posted 09-21-2020 02:12 AM

use an iron wood like ipe or cumaru maybe tiger wood.still not cheap but it’s what it is.

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#5 posted 09-21-2020 02:51 AM

Well, i’ve seen mid century modern pieces in various woods besides teak, even walnut(though usually lightened over time) and white oak. Scandinavian pieces in beech. Have also seen bent plywood pieces.

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#6 posted 09-21-2020 03:17 AM



Well, i’ve seen mid century modern pieces in various woods besides teak, even walnut(though usually lightened over time) and white oak. Scandinavian pieces in beech. Have also seen bent plywood pieces.

- SMP


yes dont limit yourself to teak.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 09-21-2020 03:28 AM

I also agree with woods like beech or walnut.
I can’t think of any woods that closely matches Teak.
It’s some pretty special stuff that checks all the boxes.

-- Aj

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#8 posted 09-21-2020 03:33 AM

Location has huge impact on cost.
Have learned on trick with Teak?
I have found teak lumber surplus in coastal areas with lot of high end Boat/RV mfg for half the cost of lumber yard prices? Still not cheap. YMMV

+1 Cumaru
Brazilian Teak or Cumaru in 4/4 cost me $7-10 bdft, or about 25% the cost of Teak. 8/4 tends to be less common, as a massive amount to Cumaru is imported for flooring. Lumber Liquidators has offered unfinished 13/16×5” planks of Brazilian teak on sale cheap a couple times. Bought some for smaller projects.

A wood that is easy to find in SW areas is Goncalo Alves, or Mexican Tiger Wood.
It is not brown like teak, and can have slight orange and yellow coloration streaks when freshly sawed. The black ‘tiger’ stripes can really dazziling in some boards. It is another ‘affordable’ import hardwood in my area. Picked up some 8/4 planks 12” wide for < $7 bdft recently. 4/4 was even less. It is usually cheaper for me than walnut, and similar price to Khaya (African) Mahogany.

Best Luck!

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#9 posted 09-21-2020 03:58 AM

Mid century modern is SUCH A WASTE OF GOOD TEAK!!!

....IMHO ….

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#10 posted 09-21-2020 02:16 PM


Mid century modern is SUCH A WASTE OF GOOD TEAK!!!

....IMHO ….

- shipwright

I love Danish modern.

In any case, exotic wood is exotic because it’s in short supply. That means deforestation.

Better to use garden variety woods in my opinion.

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#11 posted 09-21-2020 03:16 PM

Have you checked out Doussie, one of Krenovs woods? I got some from Gilmers in Portland a few years ago, think it was about $10 bd/ft?

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#12 posted 09-21-2020 06:03 PM

Thanks to all for the ideas…except Shipwright, who voiced an opinion that was his own but not on topic. May all your future projects force you to work only in fiberglass.

I’m looking at a couple of the suggestions at my local wood sources. Part of the issue is shipping costs and I’d like to pick out what I’m buying.

For the folks who suggested that MCM stuff can be made of other woods. I agree and have done projects in both maple and birch but in this case I need to add to existing pieces that are teak [or at least look like teak ;^).

I really appreciate the help. Thanks

-- Gespanne

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#13 posted 09-21-2020 08:23 PM

To each his own…
:-)

-- 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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