At Wood-Chip, We Know TEAK.
At home in Fort Lauderdale, ‘The Yachting Capital of the World’, Wood Chip Marine & Lumber Supply has been a leading supplier of teak hardwood to marine professionals and boat owners since our doors first opened. We know our suppliers, and we know our product.
Every teak board we sell has been hand-selected by our team of experienced woodworkers, and sourced from mills we have grown to know and trust over 27 years in the marine carpentry industry. When it comes to teak, Wood Chip offers carpenters and woodworkers consistent access to the finest quality teak boards available in North America. With competitive pricing, delivery options, and a commitment to long standing customer relationships, the experienced woodworkers at Wood Chip are always available to discuss your next teak project.
Teak: An Overview
Apart from its natural beauty, Teak (Tectona grandis) is also one of the most valuable woods in the world, occurring in commercial quantities in India, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, North and South Vietnam, and the East Indies. When teak trees are cut, their sap helps preserve the wood, making it both durable and able to be restored.
The heartwood varies from yellow–brown to dark golden–brown and eventually turns a rich brown upon exposure to air. Teak wood has a coarse uneven texture (ring porous), is usually straight grained, and has a distinctly oily feel. The heartwood has excellent dimensional stability and a very high degree of natural durability.
Teak requires little to no maintenance, regardless of the environment. Because teak does not cause rust or experience corrosion when in contact with metal, it is widely used in the boat-building industry, for tanks and vats, and for fixtures that require high acid resistance. In addition to its widespread use in the marine carpentry, it is used in the construction of furniture, flooring, decorative objects, and decorative veneer.
Workability: Easy to work in nearly all regards, with the only caveat being that Teak contains a high level of silica (up to 1.4%) which has a pronounced blunting effect on cutting edges. Despite its natural oils, Teak usually glues and finishes well, though in some instances it may be necessary to wipe the surface of the wood with a solvent prior to gluing/finishing to reduce the natural oils on the surface of the wood.
Thicknesses Available: 1/4″, 1/2″, 4/4, 5/5, 6/4,8/4, 10/4 and up available on special
Widths Available: 1″to over 18″ in stock.
We have a huge selection of both flat and vertical grain boards. We also stock s4s verticle grain boards perfect for margin boarders in the marine business.
Don’t forget about our teak decking, pre-cut to 1 7/8″ wide x 1/2″ thickness. Our teak deck slats are sold by the lineal foot. Also available in other thicknesses and widths.
***Wood-chip also carries a wide selection of s4s vertical grain boards. These boards are great for margin boarders and king planks. Available s4s with true 1/2″ thickness and widths commonly available up to 8 inches!
Wood Chip also fabricates custom teak furniture. Learn more about our custom teak carpentry.
Is there a big difference between South East Asian, South American, and general Plantation Teak?
With teak lumber prices climbing ever higher and teak lumber being sourced from so many different regions it is easy to become confused on the matter. With Plantation teakoffered at such a discounted price it is easy to see how many consumers are inclined to “save money.” Lets take a second to ask the pros at Wood-chip what their preference is.
Wood-chip features only true Burmese teak grown in South East Asia. On a trip to our warehouse you will find NO plantation or South American teak. Our sister company, Wood-chuck Workshop only installs “First European Quality,” or FEQ lumber on the hundreds of yachts it sees in a year. “I guess when you are forced to warranty a product, only the best will do.” South east Asian teak is far superior in color, consistency, and durability.
Why is it that the track record of naturally occurring Burmese teakso much better than that of Plantation teak? In a nutshell it has a lot to do with the ammount of time in the soil and differences in harvest practices. Naturally occurring teak grows to over 100′ tall and can be over three hundred years old! Natural teak has a much tighter grain and far fewer visible defects. All of these factors add up to near perfect silica and resin levels which makes natural teak highly waterproof and very durable. Ever wonder why teak is so oily to the touch? Simply put, no other hardwood is as well suited for boat building.
Conversly, plantaion teak is harvested every thirty to sixty years. While these trees may grow as tall, they are certainly not as strong. Plantation teak is far less dense than natural teak and not near as stable to machine. Plantation and the South American teaks are way more prone to “checking” over years of use. This is attributed to higher starting moisture levels and the more “open” nature of the grain.
At the end of the day the decision is yours, but Wood-chip cautions you to think long and hard. If you choose quality and tradition over bargain pricing remember “Wood-chip is a great source for the finest teak boards available.”