Source of Teak

I am going to take on fun of building 2 new hatches for our 36c.
I am looking for a good quality source for teak. I plan to check out a couple specialty lumber stores near me in Northern California. However, I thought I would post up here to see if anybody has a good online source to source some teak board.
Does anyone here have a good online source that they’ve used before?
Thanks
JC
 

Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
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I guess nobody has the answer. At my hardwood supplier last year teak was $55 a foot (6"x1x12"). I used walnut for the project instead. Home Depot has teak for much less, but it's not "real" (hard, dense) teak.

I've used Home Depot mahogany for teak replacement jobs, and although it doesn't look much like real mahogany, and only vaguely resembles teak, it varnishes well for interior use. Never tried it for outdoor stuff.
 

Nick J

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I've tried to use East Teak in Sultan, WA a few times. It looks like they may have been bought out by someone else since their local listing directs you to https://ettfinewoods.com/. They're always been really nice, but my projects have always bee too small for them. When they said my projects were too small, they directed me to local lumber yards. When I get to the lumber yards and see the cost of teak, I usually purchase Sapele (mahogany) instead. I've also ordered teak trim pieces from defender.com and it looks like they may be a little more affordable than what I've seen at my local lumber yards. I'm not sure how much teak a hatch would take, but it can't hurt to send East Teak an email and see what they have to say.
 

Loren Beach

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In the "FWIW" department of odd answers...... in our house remodel a decade ago we opted to installed solid hardwood floors. It turns out that there is a species of teak - a relative - that is similar in look and grain. Color is not quite the same, but close. Price was way under half of the unaffordable teak. (I should note that the color of teak varies quite a bit from one piece to another, as well.

Usually sold as flooring, you might have a look at Cumaru, aka Brazilian Teak. One caution: like teak it is very hard on tools and fine splinters will find entry in unprotected hands. Varnished, it is very close to teak, and IMHO is lovely.

I have never used IPE, but note that it is sold next to Cumaru.
Good Luck!
 
Thank you all for the responses.

I like the ideas of using another type of wood. Might be the way to go. My wife also reminded me that the consignment chandlery in Ventura sometimes has teak. We are headed down to our boat in Channels Islands tomorrow. I may take a swing by and see what they have laying around.

Very much apricate everyone who took the time to lend me advice.



JC
 

Alan Gomes

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Thank you all for the responses.

I like the ideas of using another type of wood. Might be the way to go. My wife also reminded me that the consignment chandlery in Ventura sometimes has teak. We are headed down to our boat in Channels Islands tomorrow. I may take a swing by and see what they have laying around.

Very much apricate everyone who took the time to lend me advice.



JC
Minney's in Newport Beach also typically has a bunch of it.
 

Mark F

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I have used Aura Hardwoods in Santa Cruz in the past. They usually had some stock and sometimes had a decent selection. I haven't been to the yard in a few years so no current purchases. (831)462-1525
 

unidiver

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I guess nobody has the answer. At my hardwood supplier last year teak was $55 a foot (6"x1x12"). I used walnut for the project instead. Home Depot has teak for much less, but it's not "real" (hard, dense) teak.

I've used Home Depot mahogany for teak replacement jobs, and although it doesn't look much like real mahogany, and only vaguely resembles teak, it varnishes well for interior use. Never tried it for outdoor stuff.
I guess nobody has the answer. At my hardwood supplier last year teak was $55 a foot (6"x1x12"). I used walnut for the project instead. Home Depot has teak for much less, but it's not "real" (hard, dense) teak.

I've used Home Depot mahogany for teak replacement jobs, and although it doesn't look much like real mahogany, and only vaguely resembles teak, it varnishes well for interior use. Never tried it for outdoor stuff

Where did you buy the plywood with T&H veneer in San Diego? Love your videos, BTW. Hope to cross paths some day. Jim Morgan/35mk3/Green Flash/Oceanside.
 
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