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Rhodesian teak turning red
« on: February 03, 2018, 05:22:40 PM »
Iím making a coffee table from some reclaimed Rhodesian Teak deck boards. I have made other items from these boards, and while the timber is very beautiful as sawn, it soon becomes a deep red colour, especially when exposed to sunlight.

Iíd like to know if anyone here has a technique or knows of a product that will prevent the timber from turning red.

Offline reactor_sa

Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 06:23:52 PM »
Even without sunlight it darkens (at least if sealed). Never seen it stay light.

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 07:05:56 PM »
^^^ - yup, what he said.

Iíve had limited exposure, but experienced the same thing

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2018, 07:20:36 PM »
Such a pity! It really is a beautiful timber before it turns.
And how about the black hands hey! I canít remember any other timber doing that.

Thanks for the replies. Still, if someone has a trick, Iíd love to hear it.

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 06:57:03 AM »
Had a master craftsmen around for dinner last night. He's been manufacturing & restoring furniture for 60+ years. Asked him for you as I'd seen the thread.

Use Oils with a lot of UV inhibitors in them. He recommended Loba oil. It will not completely prevent the natural oxidation but will slow the process.

2 coats in the first 24 hours, then light sand 24 hours after 2nd coat. 2 more coats, repeat sanding, 2 more coats, so 6 coats in all.

If using outside for decking add another 2 coats. Thereafter 2 coats twice a year if outside, 1 coat once a year if inside.
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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 08:46:27 AM »
Thatís pretty intensive to maintain!

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2018, 10:23:49 AM »
Had a master craftsmen around for dinner last night. He's been manufacturing & restoring furniture for 60+ years. Asked him for you as I'd seen the thread.

Use Oils with a lot of UV inhibitors in them. He recommended Loba oil. It will not completely prevent the natural oxidation but will slow the process.

2 coats in the first 24 hours, then light sand 24 hours after 2nd coat. 2 more coats, repeat sanding, 2 more coats, so 6 coats in all.

If using outside for decking add another 2 coats. Thereafter 2 coats twice a year if outside, 1 coat once a year if inside.

Thanks Trompie

I guess thatís what it takes if you want the look. My gut feeling was the Loba oil. You purchase the UV inhibitor separately, and mix it with the oil. Another idea I had, was wax. I have to do some searching, but I think it might just work.

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2018, 10:35:04 AM »
The idea is to do a french wash on the subframe, and leave the slats natural. However, if the slats turn red, it'll ruin the look for me. i could live with it, but I'll do anything I can to maintain that beautiful light colour.

Here's an inventor rendering:

https://s14.postimg.org/dnkivdzvl/Coffee_Table.png.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2018, 10:38:31 AM by Tzs503gp »

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2018, 04:10:45 PM »
I love that deep red colour, but was just thinking, why not change the wood that stays slightly lighter like cherry?
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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2018, 05:51:59 PM »
This is one of those Ďuse what I haveí projects. Reclaimed deck timber, leftovers from previous projects like glue, paint etc. All I need to buy is dowels and possibly Loba oil.

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2018, 09:45:14 PM »
Decided against the white subframe. Came out pretty good I think.


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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2018, 07:15:42 AM »
WOW, nicely done.
someone told me that i can make ice cubes with left over wine.
i am confused, what is left over wine?

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2018, 08:02:18 AM »
yup - very nice...

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Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2018, 02:12:38 PM »
wow looks great
what treatment did you use in the end?

Offline Ju_dy@RT

Re: Rhodesian teak turning red
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2018, 02:22:19 PM »
REALLY NICE! thank you for sharing!