This is 10 Incredible Ways Teekri Wood is Better Than Natural Wood. In this post, I’ll show you how this engineered wood is raising the bar on what you can expect from your materials. Enjoy.
What is Teekri Wood
In order to understand how amazing Teekri Wood is, first you need to know what it is. Teekri Wood is a engineered wood that’s made out of layers of Birch that have been vacuum impregnated with colored resin.
These layers are than heated and pressed under great pressure, causing the resin to harden, and form a block out of the veneer layers. At this point, it’s a very dense, heavily compacted material comprised of wood and resin.
Depending on the design, the creators of Teekri Wood can make nearly any type of color and grain pattern they desire. This includes patterns found in nature, and patterns that nature has never been able to produce on its own.
Here are my 10 reasons that Teekri Wood is better than natural wood, and I’ll go into each one of them in greater detail farther down in the post:
- Teekri Wood Will Never Warp or Bend
- The Material is Dense and Heavy
- Humidity and Climate Have No Effect on the Material
- No Impact on Exotic Wood Supplies
- Teekri Will Never Roy or Decay
- Higher Breaking Strength than Most Woods
- Does Not Need to be Seasoned or Dried
- Costs Less Than Most High End Exotic Woods
- The Color Goes All the Way Through
- No Finishing Necessary
Teekri Wood Will Never Warp or Bend
One of the interesting effects of the epoxy impregnation process is that it creates a piece of wood that is fully stabilized. This means that it will never warp or bend in the future.
A characteristic of natural wood is that it changes over time in response to the environment. This change can manifest itself in the form of bends, cracks, warping, and other defects that are undesirable.
Since the epoxy stabilizes the wood, this does not happen with Teekri.
The advantage to this particular property over natural wood is tremendous. It means you can store this material, use it, and not have to worry about it changing shape in the future. Compared to natural wood, it’s literally a worry free.
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The Material is Dense and Heavy
Another characteristic that makes Teekri Wood so special is that it is very dense. In fact, the stack of material that goes into the press ends up coming out half of the original thickness after the process is completed.
This means the layers of veneer are compacted together at such an astounding pressure that they create a block with twice the original density. Denser objects are heavier for their volume, and this is actually really good for your woodworking projects.
Density and weight scream quality. When you have something that is small and heavy, it feels more expensive, and a higher quality than something small light.
For your woodworking projects, this means they will always have a weighty, and high-quality feeling to them.
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Humidity and Climate Have No Effect
One of the problems with natural wood is that it can dramatically change in size in response to humidity, and changes in climate. This is something that has to be controlled when making different woodworking projects.
Especially in areas a very high humidity, and areas of very low humidity, woodworkers plan into their design ways to prevent the project from breaking or distorting in the future. Typically this means a very good finish and using seasoned wood.
Teekri Wood on the other hand does not respond at all to climate or humidity changes. Since the resin is fully permeated throughout the block, and is not affected by humidity or temperature, the material itself also does not change in size.
This means you can just use Teekri Wood as it is, without having to plan for any shrinkage or expansion as the years go by and the seasons change.
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No Impact on Exotic Wood Supplies
One of the most desirable reasons to use Teekri Wood instead of natural wood, and something that I’ve written extensively about, is that it doesn’t take away from any existing supplies of exotic wood that is still available in the world.
This means you get to work with a piece of wood that in many cases looks just like the real thing, but doesn’t have any of the negative effects. The result is guilt free woodworking, even with the most amazing looking materials.
It’s just a natural part of woodworking to desire to create projects from the rare and the exotic. It’s also a way to make your project stand out. Thankfully, you now have a way to do both without harming the environment.
Teekri wood is made from FSC certified plantation Birch. This means no wild trees are taken down to create the material. It’s all grown on farms for the sole purpose of being used in manufacturing.
Teekri Will Never Rot Decay or Become Infested
As a byproduct of the epoxy impregnation process, Teekri wood will never rot or decay like natural wood can. This is a big advantage, especially in projects that may be used outdoors, or get wet. Insects don’t like it either.
Under the right circumstances, a piece of natural wood can rot and decay away into uselessness, removing all value from the material. At that point, you would need to replace your materials because building with them would be a waste of time and effort.
With Teekri Wood, you can store it nearly forever, and you don’t even have to worry about insects or infestation damage. The wood simply does not attract pests, and will never rot or age like natural wood.
Higher Breaking Strength than Most Woods
Working with teakwood, I was also pleased to discover that the amount of strength takes to break the wood is truly astounding. Even at thinner sizes, it still takes quite a bit a force to break the wood in half.
I discovered this as I was making broken and splintered wood rings with resin encapsulating the splinters. This is a fun design that creates a mini landscape on the top of the ring that’s trapped in clear Apoxsee resin.
In order to break a piece that was less than half an inch thick I had to use a 10 ton automotive press with a bottle jack. I couldn’t break it in my vice, and I couldn’t break it with a hammer. It was truly astounding how strong the material is.
At Sprint is really good, because it means it’s your projects that you make time to do it but also be strong and long lasting.
Does Not Need to be Seasoned or Dried
Since what is a natural product, and the trees are alive when they are cut down, it has a large degree of moisture. This moisture needs to be removed slowly, and a process called seasoning before the wood can be used for projects.
Normally, this is a long process that takes quite a bit of time and expertise in order to handle. This is why it’s not done by most home woodworkers. Teakwood on the other hand does not need this process at all, and can be used immediately.
It’s a huge event is not to have to worry if your materials are ready to use when you feel like you’re ready to make a project. There’s no more checking moisture levels, or waiting for a piece to be dry enough.
Do you Threewood works all the time, and it doesn’t matter if you use the material right after it’s made or several years later. The moisture level will always be the same.
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Costs Less Than Most High End Exotic Woods
Even though this is an engineered wood that requires lots of time, expertise, and expensive machinery to create, the wood itself actually cost less than many of the high-end exotic wood species that are available on the market today.
A lot of the marketplace and wood has to do with importation taxes and the fact that a lot of types of natural wood are protected. Teekri does not have any of these restrictions, so the price can be significantly lower, even for pieces just like the exotics.
This means you can have a look of Rosewood, with the price of the Mahogany, and the properties of a dense, waterproof, rot proof material like epoxy resin. It’s all of the benefits with none of the drawbacks.
The Color Goes All the Way Through
Saving some of the best for last, the dying process that goes into making two Teekri wood is mixed with the resin, so the color goes all the way through the material. This means no matter how much you cut or sand, the color never changes.
For you as a woodworker, it means you also don’t need to apply stain your projects to get them to color you like. You can also repair scratches and dings simply by sanding, because you don’t have to worry about taking off any color.
With 100% color, there’s no need to worry about cutting, carving, or shaving. The color will always be there, and it never needs to be replaced after repairs.
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No Finishing Necessary
Finally, saving the best for last Teekr Wood has a finish basically built in to the material itself. Since the resin is such a large part of the material, it creates a layer that can be buffed and polished on the surface.
That’s right, you don’t even need to apply a finish to Teekri in order to create a high luster, and a beautiful sheen. The wood is already protected by the epoxy, and all you need to do is buff it with compounds to create a high luster.
Buffing is a very quick process, and in less than a minute for a small project you can create a finish that looks like the project is wet. On top of that, it’s easy to maintain, and easy to repair if needed.
You can literally go from sanded wood to fully polished project in a matter of minutes. On top of that, you can handle the project immediately when you’re done. No waiting, no dry time, and no curing.
Your Action Assignment
Though Teekri Wood is incredible to work with, right now it’s not available for retail sale. I am working to change that, and I’m hoping that with the right support, we can eventually see this material available on the market.
I’m going to be doing a lot of projects coming up with full tutorials, using Teekri Wood as my material. Of course, I’ll explain everything in an easy step-by-step fashion, and you’ll be able to follow along and make every single project.
It’s my hope that one day Teekri will be available to the world, and woodworkers everywhere can reap the benefits of using this amazing material that combines real wood and resin to create something that is superior in so many ways.
If you have any questions about the 10 ways Teekri Wood is better than natural wood, please post a question I’ll be glad to answer it. Happy building.
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