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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Solid Teak Wood Vs Plywood | Pros and cons | Homeslibro

In This article, we will compare Teak wood with plywood, and lists the pros and cons between them

 

Solid Teak Wood

Plywood

Teak wood has a beautiful golden brown colour and a striking straight grain pattern and is very attractive. It does not need additional decoration. If it loses its lustre after a few years, it can be sanded and polished again, so it looks new.

Plywood should be decorated to enhance its beauty and attractiveness. Common ways to decorate a decorative laminate are by pasting or pasting natural wood veneer on its face. Other simple methods include staining and painting. Some plywood companies sell decorative plywood directly, the top of which is a good quality decorative veneer. E.g. Teak veneer plywood, i.e. a thin veneer (layer) of teak wood pasted on top of the plywood.

Teak wood is made by cutting the trees, made into logs, grading them according to their quality, cutting the wood to the required size, and finally making the furniture.

Plywood is an engineered wood product. It is made by rotary-cutting the logs to obtain wood veneers and then glueing these veneers over each other using artificial resins.

Teak wood is a natural material and has no chemicals.

Plywood is made by Joining veneers together using UF (urea-formaldehyde) or phenolic resins (synthetic plastic resins).

Teak wood is obtained from either old-growth teak trees (naturally grown) or Plantation teak (from teak farms).

Plywood can be made from many trees. Using hardwood is much more common than using softwood because plywood needs to be strong in most cases.

Solid teak wood is considered to be stronger compared to plywood. It is dense and heavy, and it is a very versatile material. It has many applications to do building construction work, interior and exterior furniture, doors and window frames, flooring, deck decks and the like.

The strength of plywood largely depends on its grade. Marine-grade ply is better than BWR grade and BWR is better than MR quality. Solid teak wood is considered strong because it is a homogeneous material, while the layers in the plywood are bonded together by adhesives. Plywood strength (adhesive cutting strength) often depends on the type of adhesive used, its non-expandable phenolic resins, or phenolic resin additives or its UF adhesive.

Teak wood contains natural oil within its cells. Because of this teak wood is able to resist termites and other pests. Teak also does not rot or decay easily. Well seasoned (well dried) teak wood also does not shrink or warp due to climate changes. It is dimensionally stable.

Plywood is treated with chemicals during its production, which creates termite-resistant and corrosion resistance. In general, solid teak wood is more durable compared to plywood.

Both teak and plywood have their own special properties. E.g. Teak wood can be carved by hand to create more intricate furniture.

Plywood is useful because it has standard sizes and thicknesses. There are many types of plywood, also known as flexible plywood, which are used to make curved wood surfaces.

Manufactured teak wood furniture can be easily purchased from local furniture stores or branded showrooms.

Plywood furniture is not usually purchased ready-made, but rather people approach carpenters and get customized furniture made of plywood and laminate to suit their needs.

 

Also Read: Exterior Grade Plywood Vs. Interior Grade Plywood | Homeslibro


Therefore, these are the main differences between teak wood and plywood. All in all, solid teak is superior to plywood in many ways, but it is also quite expensive.

Also Read: Woodworking Materials Guide for Beginners! | Woodworking Handbook



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