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Indonesian Teak Doors

Posted in Architectural Elements by gadogadointl on August 20, 2009

One element of Indonesian architecture that can easily be integrated into design projects with fantastic results are antique teak doors.  These can either be used functionally or as a partial wall or screen adding visual separation to a room or patio space.  They can also be used as a headboard for a bed by mounting them against a wall.

Antique Javanese Teak Doors (25"W x 75.5"H x 1"Th)

Antique Javanese Teak Doors (25"W x 75.5"H x 1"Th)

These antique and vintage teak doors come from traditional Central and East Javanese houses.  There is no “standard size”–either height or width–this depended on the height of the owner of the house!

If these doors are to be used in new construction, it is relatively easy to create jambs and surrounds that match the doors.  However, if you are trying to replace an existing door, some modifications may be needed.  Gado Gado has a large selection of antique teak doors, and a supply of reclaimed teak to create jambs, casing, and for doors smaller than US standard sizes, material to augment the height or width to match your application.

Old Painted Doors, Solid Teak (27"W x 68.5"H x 1.25"Th)

Old Painted Doors, Solid Teak (27"W x 68.5"H x 1.25"Th)

Many doors still have remnants of the original paint in the wood grain, giving the doors a bit of soft color against the rich, natural brown patina of the teak wood.

Antique Teak Doors w/ Newly Carved Raised Relief Panels (35"W x 83"H x 1.25"Th)

Antique Teak Doors w/ Newly Carved Raised Relief Panels (35"W x 83"H x 1.25"Th)

Other doors still have the majority of the original paint, often in vibrant greens, blues, reds and yellows.  This particular set would make a striking statement as exterior patio doors.

Old Teak Doors, Original Paint (24"W x 84"H x 1.5"Th)

Old Teak Doors, Original Paint (24"W x 84"H x 1.5"Th)

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All About Teak

Posted in Informational by gadogadointl on March 27, 2009

by David Sussman

Teak is the common name for a tall timber tree of the verbena family. The tree, which attains a height of more than 30 m (about 100 ft), is native to India and Malay Archipelago, and is cultivated in Java and the Philippine Islands. Another variety of teak has also been cultivated in East and West Africa, Cuba and the Caribbean, and northern South America. Because of its durability and strength, teak wood is used throughout the world as lumber in shipbuilding. In the tropics, the wood is used primarily for the construction of furniture; teak furniture has been known to resist the attacks of insects and the corrosive effects of weather for hundreds of years.

Teak does not grow in tropical rain forests. It is a deciduous tree that grows particularly well in the dryer, hilly terrain typical of plantation forests in Southeast Asia. Java has very large teak plantations, which were first planted by the Dutch in the early 1800s and are now regulated by the Indonesian government. This means that any old or new teak furniture and architectural elements from Indonesia are made from plantation grown trees. So when you buy from Gado Gado you are not contributing to the destruction of the remaining old growth teak forests in other Asian countries.

Flowering Teak Trees

Flowering Teak Trees

Teak grows quite fast, and the trees are cut after 50 – 60 years when they attain a height of up to 150 feet and have a diameter of 3-5 feet. If well maintained, a tree can produce a clear stem up to 100 feet long, giving a high timber yield.

Characteristics of teakwood

Teak is a very dense coarse-grained hardwood. It is generally straight grained with few knots, but some trees have a wavy grain. The wood has a coarse and uneven texture. The wood contains a high level of silica, which causes rapid blunting of saws and other cutting edges. When freshly cut, the surface of the wood has a dull appearance, and the timber has a distinctive, pleasant aroma. Fresh-sawn teak has a slightly oily feel due to the high oil content.

Teak is a very durable wood. It is resistant to rot caused by fungal decay, and the high level of resinous oil present in the timber helps to act as a natural insect repellent, giving the timber very high resistance to attack by termites and other wood boring insects.

Plantation teak planks ready for use

Plantation teak planks ready for use

Teak is generally resistant to water and many chemical reagents, including acids. It does not have a strong reaction when it comes in contact with metals. For these reasons it is frequently used for boat decks, and in the past for aircraft carrier decks and work surfaces in chemical labs.

to be continued…