Rhodesian Teak

Scientific name:  Baikiaea plurijuga

Description:  Heartwood is a medium reddish-brown, commonly with black streaks. Sharply defined sapwood is a pale pinkish-yellow.  Grain is straight to interlocked, with a fine, even texture and low natural lustre.

Properties:  Can be difficult to work because of high cutting resistance—saws slowly, and tends to ride up over jointer knives. Also, due to its high silica content, cutting edges become severely blunted. However, the wood is stable in service, and glues, turns, and finishes well.