The use of teak in counter tops is becoming increasingly popular among designers and clients for its hardwood attributes, rich red/brown grains, and resistance to water and moisture.
Here is some of our advice and steps to helping you creating your own custom teak countertop.
Purchasing and Selecting Teak Raw Material
Most teak comes from sustainable plantations in its indigenous country of Indonesia, and also new plantations in the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Speciality hardwood and finishing suppliers import skids of rough sawn teak and offer individual boards for sale that can be hand picked.
The cost of the raw wood is greater than comparable options such as birch and oak. $30 per board/foot based on a 1-1-2” thick board, typically 8”-12” wide and up to 12 feet long is a common price for raw teak boards.
Milling and Sanding the Teak Boards
Precision milling, planing, and sanding of the teak boards is critical in getting the finished grains to resonate on the surface of the counter top.
Joining the Teak Boards
Biscuit Joined and glued
Treatment of the Teak Counter Top
For indoor use, teak does not need continuous sanding or oil treatment, the best oil from our experience has been Penofin Rosewood Oil. The oil should be brushed on with any residue remaining wiped off or rubbed into the counter top with a cloth prior to installation.
A custom teak counter top is not an easy task to perfect, however, it is not impossible either. If you have any experiences in working with teak or questions on how to design or build your own teak counter top feel free to leave a comment for us.