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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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I have never worked with teak, and I have been asked to make 4 Adirondack chairs.
Any special problems that I should know of before I tackle this job?
I have worked a lot of wood over my lifetime (70) but it has always been personal or for loved ones and friends.
Thank you for your help
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That's going to be one expensive set of chairs.

Ive worked a little with teak making band saw boxes, it works fine the only thing I noticed it was maybe a little waxy or oily (Not sure how to describe it) the saw dust stuck together when I was cutting it on the band saw, had to keep cleaning the kerf out with a shot of compressed air.

Make sure you post pictures I'd like to see the project when done.
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I agree, it will be very costly. It was suggested that I use ipe at 1/3 the cost, but teak is what he wants! Will take pictures. Will not start for two weeks.

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Hi GEMNW: You have alot of work ahead of you. In my experience with teak, it may be oilly, but it has a very high tendency to dry out and to develope hugh cracks. kGood luck with the finished chairs.

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Jackie Oily- cracks, I dont imagine they glue together very well.

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Jackie Oily- cracks, I dont imagine they glue together very well.

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I glued several 3/4" thick planks to make the band saw boxes I talked about above, and had no issues with the planks not sticking.

I see your in Oregon where abouts are you? I am looking for a peice of land up there to build a retirement house and shop on. Both the wife and I have family that live up there in Oakland, and Springfield.
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Hi Ted

Are you sure you want to use teak for the Adirondack chairs, you will need to put wheel on them and maybe a motor to move them around they will be like making them out of concrete

You will need to post a arm guard around them, teak is very high end wood and not cheap.

I would suggest cypress lumber it's not real cheap but it will last a very long time outside.

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Any special problems that I should know of before I tackle this job?
I have worked a lot of wood over my lifetime (70) but it has always been personal or for loved ones and friends.
Thank you for your help



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JD99 Thanks for the info. I am just 15 mi. south of Eugene and Springfield. Creswell, Oregon. A good choice for you would be Cottage Grove. Its 8 mi. south of Creswell and maybe 45 mi. north of Oakland. Its a small community of 12? thousand on Interstate 5.
Quick shot to Eugene, good access to Coast and the Dunes, access to Snow and Mt.s.
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bobj3, If this was for me I would agree. This is for my daughters friend. Money does not seem to be an issue. He saw some in teak, and that is what he wants.
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JD99 Thanks for the info. I am just 15 mi. south of Eugene and Springfield. Creswell, Oregon. A good choice for you would be Cottage Grove. Its 8 mi. south of Creswell and maybe 45 mi. north of Oakland. Its a small community of 12? thousand on Interstate 5.
Quick shot to Eugene, good access to Coast and the Dunes, access to Snow and Mt.s.
Good fishing and hunting. (Gods Country)
Oddly enough, I'm looking in Cottage Grove, and arround there.

We usally make a trip up there once or twice a year.
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