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I'm in Cleveland. There's got to be someone around here that sells teak.

miteimpo - Can you explain your math? I know that was hyperbole but how did you come up with $160?
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Alternatively look at Craigslist for teak coffee tables. I got a solid teak for $15. There was enough wood in it to salvage a half dozen sets of rails.
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A board foot is the standard measure of hardwoods for sale. A board foot is 12" x 12" x 1". For a piece 8' x 8" x 1" the math is 8' x .66' x 1" = 5.28 board feet x the normal price of $30 for teak, the most expensive readily available exotic hardwood. Some areas may have higher prices.

I just looked at the Cleveland yellow pages - there are dozens of flooring companies in that area but I didn't find teak mentioned anywhere.

Welcome to M.L. Condon Company in New York is a respected marine hardwood supplier but I don't know if they ship. You could email them or call to check.
They are regular advertisers in Woodenboat magazine and have been around for decades.
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Board feet prices never came up in my math classes (Mechanical Engineering with a Math Minor). Thanks everyone for the help. This should put us in the right direction. Tom's got an old table that is literally falling apart. I'm pretty sure it's teak. I'm not a wood expert but the grain looks like teak. The table isn't a nice silver/gray color though. It's red which I think is from an old stain. The edges where the stain has worn away are the grayish color. Any ideas on what this could be if it's a teak imposter? and how could I figure it out?
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Teak is rarely stained. Most often it is chosen for how it looks to start with. Mahoganies are redder than teak and are stained very often.
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Another wood that looks like teak, seems to act and behave like teak is commonally called Iron wood. You might be able to find this at a local lumber yard vs teak. They look similar.

You will have to let your fingers do the walking in the yellow pages. Seems like any major city like a chicago, Seattle where I am , Vancouver where Brian is, seems to have one lumberyard that carries teak in a decent supply, then a few others with odds and ends, and a nice supply when the boat comes in.



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Lumber liquidators often has teak and mahogany "Bella Wood" pre finished solid wood flooring in thickness of 3/8 to 3/4 and in widths of 2 to 3.5 inches. If you catch a sale it can be had for $2.25 a sq ft.
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Getting teak stock only half the battle, unless you are a good finish carpenter, I don't think this is a DIY job.

I 'd try a local custom sign-maker, the kind that does artsy signs carved in wood, and give him/her the existing rail and ask then to duplicate it. Maybe $150-200, but it will look good and you can be ready to go in two weeks.
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It does really require a table saw and a router table to make a nice job of it.
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A month ago I was at ML Condon in White Plains, NY buying some teak. The board foot price I was quoted was $20+ with wider and thicker pieces costing more. I found a bin in their yard marked 'teak rippings' $5/bd. ft. and snagged 7 board feet for $35 instead of $140.
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