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    Old teak house: Leaving the wood unfinished

    One of the decisions I had to make on bringing an old Thai house into Bangkok was whether to apply any finish to the wood. In this video below, part of a forthcoming series “living in the old teak house”, I show and tell what happened when I decided to forgo applying any “protective” finish to the house.

    (If you would like to see the full story of the building of this house you can check it out in another video at:
    http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edi...id=CZUw6LbzbdE)

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    Leave the wood unfinished:

    Last edited by jack swelters; 15-06-2012 at 11:34 AM.

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    You never mentioned oil. I have a lot of experience dealing with teak furniture and have always used teak oil. I've heard people say it doesn't do much to protect but I have seen 50 year old furniture that has been well oiled and old stuff that hasn't been oiled and it sure looks like oil works to me. Some people say wax is better. I haven't used it much but there is probably truth to it. I'm sure there is lots of debate on the web to spend time reading.

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    Wood on deck

    My wife advises that the wood on the deck, shown at the beginning of the video, is mai tabak ( maybe better dta-baek). This is about half the price of top quality Thai hardwood. It is the wood commonly used for parquet interior floors, not particularly suited for exposed decks. It's cross-grain shrink/swell potential, under full wet-dry conditons, in my experience, appraoches 5 percent

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    I follow your postings with interest as my wife has the old Thai timber home that she was raised in but is now vacant and quite run down. I am planning on building a wood Thai style house on land behind our home and want to use the available timber from her childhood home. Termites have claimed the bottom but the top is ok to my untrained eye
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    Mai dtabaek

    Quote Originally Posted by jack swelters View Post
    My wife advises that the wood on the deck, shown at the beginning of the video, is mai tabak ( maybe better dta-baek). This is about half the price of top quality Thai hardwood. It is the wood commonly used for parquet interior floors, not particularly suited for exposed decks. It's cross-grain shrink/swell potential, under full wet-dry conditons, in my experience, appraoches 5 percent

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    Your wife is correct on all counts. We replaced most of it in a couple of days for less than 10k baht. The underlying joists are still ok but won't last forever.

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    There is little information on the internet about the tabaek tree ตะแบก (Lagerstroemia calyculata
    guava crape myrtle. This is from wikipedia:


    "The name is derived from its very characteristic mottled flaky bark. It is a species of flowering plant in the Lythraceae family and found in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
    It is a medium-sized tree growing up to a height between 10 and 20 m. Like other species of the same genus, it is quite common as a decorative tree in the parks of Thailand owing to its beautiful bunches of pink flowers. Its wood has a low commercial value, which is why it thought to have maintained the forest structure in previously logged parts of Cat Tien National Park, where it may constitute >25% of tree counts."


    Here is a Thai website: Lagerstroemia calyculata Kurz :

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