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Re: What is an alternative wood to teak?
Oak. mahogany, ironwood...all dangerous words to use, because there are so many variations that go by the same shortened generic name. Ironwood can be the local name for ipe or bubinga or several others. Mahogany often is "phillipine mahogany" which is really luaun.
FWIW, Constantines.com (used to be in the Bronx for ages, now is in Ft. Laud) sells all types of veneers and cabinet stuff mainly, but has a very nice veneer sampler set, about 50 good size pieces in one box. It helps to put a name to the real feel of a wood.
And for the life of me I can't recall the yard I've been to near White Plains...there's Maurice Condon, one of those yards that advertises in the sailing mags and has piles of all the marine grade lumber, the real stuff and the right stuff, but there are such places still scattered around. Folks who know and love what they are doing, and are happy to give good advice. Often it pays to find a yard like that if there's one within an hour or two, and just ask them "What do you have for..." because they also know we're not all rich.