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Teak or walnut?

- 07 Feb 2018 -
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Hi all, I‘m about to acquire a sideboard which according to the dealer is probably teak. But the pics he sent me look like walnut to me. Besides it has a varnish finish which would be untypical for teak. Could you please have a look and tell me what you think? Although the pics are not the best. Thanks a lot.


Teak or walnut?
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Periods
1950 - 1959

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- 07 Feb 2018

If as you said the sideboard is by Knoll, the pieces with sliding doors (like in the image you posted) made in the USA, the case is offered in birch, walnut, maple & black ( ebonized).

There is another Knoll casegood offered in teak & the design is different than the image you provided.

Unless in other countries were you are that Knoll offered these in teak...

- 07 Feb 2018

It is not walnut. The grain is far too coarse.

I think it is stained oak (red oak). Although it is hard to say from the photos. Based on minimoma’s list of options, the grain is too coarse for it to be any of them.

- 07 Feb 2018

The grain is coarse enough to be teak. Teak and oak have coarse grain. I don’t think it looks much like teak, but bigger photos would help. These photos are tiny.

- 07 Feb 2018

Make sure that the interior drawer is included or maybe it is not just shown in the listing.

- 07 Feb 2018

It is not. But I don’t think that this is too hard to rebuilt unless I find one elsewhere.

- 07 Feb 2018

Thank, minimoma. The label sais, it‘s teak. And it perfectly looks like teak to me. If this was the thing I am going to buy, I probably wouldn‘t ask. But the other one is far less obvious to me. I was just hoping you could see more on the pictures.

- 07 Feb 2018

I am just making an assumption that the example you are buying does not have a similar label to confirm or answer your question, but at least it is possible that Knoll International in 1961 in that part of the world offered these in teak or other woods(?)
Sorry, I can't be of much help to you, I just can't see anything from a tiny phone screen, for me though, the wood used is not as relevant & likely to acquire this object for its design pedigree & usefulness to me.

- 07 Feb 2018

Maybe there is such a lable on the back, you are right, I might ask the seller. I totally get your point but for me it makes a difference, if only a small one.I love the design for sure and I need a sideboard just like that for practical reasons, so it’ll be fine anyway - but it‘s the combination of teak wood and seagras that makes it extra special for me (and for me wife, I should add). That’s why I would like to know what I get beforehand, just to avoid any disappointments.

- 08 Feb 2018

Ha, love the last two comments. But when Leif sais it's teak, it's teak. So I'm looking forward to get it.

- 08 Feb 2018

Leif is Correct again.
Good thing I didn't bet on this game.

The detailed picture clearly displays one of Teak's idiosyncratic grain patterns.

- 08 Feb 2018

Yeah, that was the image that finally gave the answer. It was very hard to tell before seeing that photo.

- 08 Feb 2018

I was hoping that this picture could be a clue but I wasn‘t sure myself. Thanks a lot.

- 09 Feb 2018

The first couple pictures, above, make me want to say mahogany......but it is teak. Probably really dirty, or worse, stained at some point. As stated, the picture of the corner does seal it for 3 reasons:
1. the top veneer is cleaner, and in the correct color range and grain for teak
2. The checkered ray-fleck on the vertical, only occurs in a handful of furniture woods (teak, beech, maple, cherry, birch, mahogany, ash, and a few others), very few with coarse grain like this teak and ash. Oak's medulary rays are more globular.
3. The horizontal edge displays a grain pattern that I have only seen in teak.

- 09 Feb 2018

I probably know more about photography than about wood species, that's why I think the color is not represented correctly in any of these pictures. Hope it has not been stained though.

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