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Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck
I think you are saying you want to make your own parts, as few of us can make teak or mahogany. And unless you are an experienced wood/cabinet maker, you may be better off looking at other solutions. Many times there are reasons for the "bend" ie strength, fit and so on.
Working with teak is expensive, especially if you need "solid" long, wide or odd shapes....the wood is $$ and the tools needed to work with it and finish it are even more expensive. Teak is very difficult to work as compared to pine, oak and even mahogany that you mentioned. A lot of what you see is veneer.
I can turn a big, expensive pile of wood in to shavings and dust quite quickly. It is certainly worth your time to get a piece or two of scrap teak and see for yourself whether it meets your needs and at what cost.
Best of luck, you may be able to find a hobbyist woodworking store in your area that does classes...or visit a cabinet maker and talk with him.
The best place is a true boat yard or builder that still works his own wood as there is a HUGE difference in boat cabinet/wood work and residential/commercial cabinet/wood work. It will be tough to find one, as not many do their own work any longer, as the cost to do so is often prohibitive, so they contract out the woodwork to those shops with CNC routers and such. I worked with a builder in the northern neck, renowned for its boats, and watched the owner tell an apprentice that he did not even want to see the intricate rail piece he had in hand, until the apprentice had 20 hours work in smoothing, finishing the piece. It is that tough sometimes to get the look, feel and quality.