Friday, June 19, 2015

Live Edge Suar Bay Window Chai Chee Residence

A good friend of mine recently bought a HDB in Chai Chee and wanted a live edge Suar plank for his study room. The plank is placed on top some built-in storage and serves as a reading corner for the study.

This piece is extremely long at 270cm, width of 50cm. Here comes the challenge. It can't go into the standard HDB lift!!!

Well, the Army provides good foundation training in carrying heavy loads. Together with our group of friends, we managed to climb 10 floors and installed it in 1 piece. 

Live edge suar table with customised powder coated steel legs

Newly completed live edge Suar table project.

Recently completed live edge Suar table for a customer in RV residence. Took us about 6~8 months to complete this. Of course, some waiting time as the apartment wasn't ready. 

Hope the customer likes it.

First picture taken at factory before delivery. Doesn't look that impressive under poor light condition.

With proper lighting, it turns out pretty good. A good center piece for the dinning room to impress your guests. This table can accommodate 6 people, suitable for our modern day apartments and flats.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Burmese Teak Timber Flooring

Burmese Teak Timber Flooring is the most common solid hardwood timber flooring in Singapore. Its slightly different from the traditional Burmese Teak parquet flooring because it uses bigger pieces of teak flooring. Of course, the price is different.

I did this for my cousin's apartment at Oleania Residences at River Valley Singapore using Burmese Teak Timber Flooring (75mm x 10mm ~ 1 to 3feet) random laying. The top coat is finished with a mixture of matt/glossy of polyurethane varnish.

Burmese teak as compared to Indonesian teak is darker in color, and contains more oil in its wood. The oil acts as a natural water repellent and prevents the teak from rotting and damage from termites. This makes it more expensive and elegance for flooring and furniture.

Live Edge Table with Bench

Live Edge Table with matching bench for my cousin's new apartment at Oleanas Residence River Valley Singapore. 

This is a six seater, which is suitable for small family living in HDB or private apartments in Singapore. The legs are "chopstick" cast iron legs with matt black powder coating for lasting finish.

The thickness is about 2 inch which is sturdy and lighter as compared to those big live edge table. Just in case you needed to create space for the extra guests.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Live edge plank for Bay Window

A friend of mine recently approached me to customise a piece of Suar wood to add some character to her condominium at the Esta located at Marine Parade. 

Well, after placing the plank on the existing concrete bay window, it turned out to be a beauty. No drilling or gluing is required. 

This piece is 2.4m x 1/2m wide with a 1.5inch thickness and lucky it fits the lift as well. :)

Below are some pictures for all to view. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Live Edge Dining Table for HDB Flats & Apartments

Most live edge tables available in the market are relatively huge (2m long). Such tables will not be able to fit in the typical small flats or apartments in Singapore. Being a wood lover, I decided to explore making a small 6~8 seater live edge dining table.

Step 1: Logs selection. Finding a suitable tree trunk with the right dimensions.

Suar Tree Logs

Step 2: After the planks have been cut to size, it would need to be seasoned to reduce the moisture. This process takes about 3~6 months. The thicker the plank, the longer the duration.

Natural Air Seasoning 

Natural air seasoning is laborious and challenging. If the plank loses moisture too quickly such that the outer layers dry out more rapidly than the interior, cracks and splits will occur. We placed the planks out in the morning sun just for a few hours before bringing indoors to minimize the outer layers from drying too quickly. This process is repeat daily for a few months.

Air Seasoning in indoor

Step 3: After 4 months of air seasoning, the planks are ready to be processed. They are trimmed to dimensions, using hand planed using electric planers and sanded to prepare the surface.

Live Edge planks after 1st coat of varnish

Step 4: After 4 months of hard work, the table is ready and delivered and assembled at the customer's apartment. The stainless steel legs is a nice complement to the wooden live edge table (1500 x 750mm). 

Live Edge Dining Table with Stainless Steel Legs 

 The smaller planks were used to make a customized Live Edge TV Console (4feet).

Live Edge TV Console

Saturday, December 5, 2009

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About us
Established since 1990, Yee Heng Teak Products (YHTeak) has been the trusted timber supplier for many projects of varying scales. From large industrial developments to small-scale personal DIY projects, Yee Heng Teak has been the preferred choice for many construction firms, tradesmen, architectural designers and hobby-owners.

Wood warehouse in Singapore
Raw Teak wood 

Our product knowledge and flexible approach has earned us a good reputation for quality, expertise and friendly service. Our mission is to best understand your requirements and provide the best recommendations to maximise the wood resources to meet your needs.

10 common hardwoods available

Ash wood is generally straight grained with a course uniform texture with no distinctive order. It is hard and resistant to shock but yet good for steam bending. White ash has sapwood which is light-coloured. the heartwood varies from light brown to pale yellow with streaks of brown grains. The sap were often separated from the heartwood to form a more consistent white stock for selling in higher grades. Ash wood is susceptible to fungal and beetle attack.

Common Usage for Ash wood
Furniture flooring, doors, kitchen cabinets, baseball bats, hockey sticks, billiard cues, tennis racquets.

Beech wood is generally straight grained with broad rays and fine uniform texture. The sapwood is pale cream white with a red tinge, while the heartwood is light to dark reddish brown. Beech is hard and heavy, with high stiffness, shock resistance. It can be difficult to work by hand as it tends to split and warp.


Furniture, flooring, wooden-ware. It is suitable for making food and liquid containers since there is no odor or taste.

The sapwood is pale yellow and well defined from the heartwood which is yellow to brown with a distinct green tinge. The grain is slightly interlocked producing a ribbon figure. The timber is classified as naturally durable and is very resistant to termite attack and fungal infestation.

Chengal is suitable for all forms of heavy construction, outdoor furniture, patio decking, boat building, vehicle bodies (framework; floor boards) where strength and durability are required.

The color of the cherry heartwood varies between reddish brown and yellowish brown. The color darkens considerably with age and exposure to sunlight. It has attractive straight grains with rich and warm glow. Cheery wood is light and strong. It can be considered stiff and moderately hard with excellent shock resistance.

Cherry is usually considered too soft for flooring. It is mostly used for furniture, examples, borders of tables and frames. Other uses include carvings, lamps and musical instruments.

There are two types of maple wood. The hard maple and the soft maple. The heartwood of maple varies from light to dark reddish brown while the sapwood is creamy white with slight reddish brown. The wood is usually straight-grained with uniform texture. The grains do shows occassionally curly or bird's eye figuring. For soft maple, the heartwood is light to dark brown. It has fine close texture with interlocking grain.

Due to its close dense texture, maple is often used in bowling alleys and athletic facilities. It can also be used for furniture and flooring purposes.

Merbau is an asian wood with a yellowish to orange- brown color. The wood darkens to medium and dark red-brown when being exposed to sunlight. The sapwood is distinctly different in pale yellow color. The surface is smooth with grain varying from straight to interlocked. It has excellent dimensional stability and termite resistance.

Merbau is mainly used for flooring, furniture and outdoor patio decking.

Nyatoh is an asian wood found commonly in Malaysia and Indonesia. Its color ranges from light to reddish brown and its timber-weight varies from fairly light to extremely heavy. The light species has a fine texture and is a preferred wood for manufacturing furniture. While the heavier species are not as attractive and are more difficult to work with. They are more suitable for medium, to heavy construction works.

Commonly used for furniture and other interior wood furnishing components (e.g. door frames)

There are two species of oak wood. The white oak which color ranges from nearly white sapwood to a darker brown heartwood. Red oak on the hand is similar in general appearance to white oak but its color ranges from nearly white cream to a warm pale brown tinted with red. The wood is mostly straight-grained with a coarse texture.

Furniture, flooring, door and kitchen cabinets.

Teak wood is one of the most valuable timber in the world. It has a yellow to dark golden brown heartwood and grayish or white sapwood. Teak grain ranges from fine to coarsely grained with generally straight and occasional wavy grain. It is well known for its durability. Teak is resistant to rot caused by fungal decay, its high level of resinous oil act as a natural insect repellent giving the wood very high resistance to attack by termites and other wood boring insects. Teak is also resistant to water and other chemical agents. It is able to withstand heat without catching fire easily.

Teak is commonly used for both indoor and outdoor furniture. Its water and insect resistance characteristics makes teak the preferred choice for outdoor patio decking, luxury ship decking. Teak parquet is the favor option for flooring because of the golden brown cosy and classy finished wood surface.


Walnut has a light to dark chocolate brown to purplish black heartwood. It is generally straight-grained, with occasionally wavy grain. The sapwood is creamy white in color. Walnut works easily with hand and machine tools,nails, screws and glues well. Its ability to hold stains and paints makes it suitable for a variety of polished finish.

Furniture, cabinets, doors, flooring and gun stocks. Due to its darker color properties, Walnut is the preferred wood for using in contrast with lighter-colored species of wood.

Products and Services

Apart from providing raw ood materials, we also provide services to the following finished products:

Teak staircase boards

Teak hand rails
Teak flooring

Teak door frame
Chengal decking

Timber Decking Refurbishment Services

We also provide refurbishment services to your old decking to restore its previous shine.

FREE consultation and quotations are available for your customised products (including your personal DIY requirements).

DIY Portable Patio Decking

Contact Us

Yee Heng Teak Products
Location: Blk 7 Defu Lane 10, #01-532, Singapore 539188
Telephone: 6283 5953
Fax: 6282 0352