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Old 09-28-2014, 07:34 AM   #1
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Teak wood source

We live up in the panhandle of Florida. Near Destin. I have some cabinet work to do and need to have a source for teak since everything on our boat is made of teak. Where would be a good reasonable source for teak in our area? I need some fairly long pieces so shipping would get expensive. Any help is appreciated as always.
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:21 AM   #2
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If I can't scrounge teak from the local boatyards, I have ordered from Buck Woodcraft in FL. 6' seems to be their longest length but if you contact them maybe they might have longer pieces by special order.

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Old 09-28-2014, 08:45 AM   #3
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Buck is great. Just a short walk from Boot Key harbor.
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:47 PM   #4
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My wife would like to put a kitchen pull out spice cabinet in the space. I am concerned that it would not last if it were not teak like the rest of the boat. Is that a valid concern?
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Mr. R. For an interior galley spice cabinet I would suggest almost any wood will work. The only reason for using teak would be to match existing cabinetry (maybe use another wood and use a teak veneer for "looks") IMO.
Exterior or structural which may get wet is a whole different animal. That's where the use of teak benefits through it's strength, it's appearance AND it's resistance to rot.
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Ask Dennis Mayhew at Bluewater Bay, I suspect he has a source.
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Send a PM to a member named Pack Mule. He is a specialty hardwood distributor and should be able to give you the straight poop on a local to you distributor.
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Greetings,
Mr. R. For an interior galley spice cabinet I would suggest almost any wood will work. The only reason for using teak would be to match existing cabinetry (maybe use another wood and use a teak veneer for "looks") IMO.
Exterior or structural which may get wet is a whole different animal.
Meranti looks very much like teak when finished.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:18 AM   #9
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You can also use Iroko.. and stain it to the color of the existing teak. I made window valances for the mini blinds that way in the Ocean Alexander. Iroko is about 1/4 the cost of teak.

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In my experience though, iroko is hard as a rock, splinters like crazy, and even if my saw blade is brand new and razor sharp, I find it almost impossible to get a fine, clean saw cut. It'll last forever and is very tough I know, but I bite the bullet ($$) and use real teak for exterior at least. Some of the big box stores around here sell iroko for decking so I was able to get a big piece and then never used it - but maybe I just got some bad pieces, or it was mis-identified.
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This guy in Key Largo is pretty easy to work with:

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In my experience though, iroko is hard as a rock, splinters like crazy, and even if my saw blade is brand new and razor sharp, I find it almost impossible to get a fine, clean saw cut. It'll last forever and is very tough I know, but I bite the bullet ($$) and use real teak for exterior at least. Some of the big box stores around here sell iroko for decking so I was able to get a big piece and then never used it - but maybe I just got some bad pieces, or it was mis-identified.

you must of got a bad piece.. I never have had a issue.. it is hard.. but not anything like Ipe, now that is hard wood!. I am so spoiled living here in P.T., with Edensaw Woods in my backyard I have a fantastic resource.

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This sounds like an ad I know, but I'm simply a happy customer, no other connection to this vendor -- I've had great success with Cherokee Wood Products in Upland, California. I needed to replace a salon hatch on my Carver, about 36" x 36". They sent me a gigantic, just beautiful piece of African mahogany, almost 20" wide, a seven foot long board cut into two equal pieces, nearly 2" thick. I expected shipping to be outrageous but it was surprisingly reasonable. I think the whole thing came to around $140. The hatch is now finished, a beautiful deep, rich red, with a holly and ebony nautical star inlaid into it. That wood was spectacular at a very good price. I'm usually very reluctant to let somebody else pick out a critical piece of wood for me or rely on a vendor, but I was so happy with Cherokee Wood Products I wrote them a thank-you letter. They do have teak although the supply varies. I'd paste a link but a quick google search will find them (although you want the Cherokee in Upland, California, there are a few other wood suppliers named Cherokee-something in the US).
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