The sapwood of teak is narrow and whitish and very different from its heartwood, which is yellow or yellow to rich brown. Sometimes it can have darker green and varied hues which give it a highly decorative appeal. Its texture is fine and the grain is mainly straight. It is oily to the eye and the touch. It is highly durable and resistant to acids.
As it is a particularly durable wood, teak is mainly used in ship building but its warm-looking appearance has made it popular for fine furniture. It is very workable and holds nails and screws well. Gluing can be problematic due to its oily content but the advantage is it needs no varnishing.