Redwood and what woodworkers need to know about it

Redwood and everything you need to know about

Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens) is the tallest species of trees in the entire world, with an average height of 275 to 330 feet. Redwoods might live for a long time (sometimes up to 1000 years). They are commonly found in a limited area on the Pacific Northwest in the US and also New Zealand. Redwood is softwood and not hardwood which is an absolute beauty for your home structures.

redwood forest

 

We use redwood lumbers for different woodworking purposes. Lots of carpenters use redwood for making furniture, outdoor furniture, shelves, decks, etc. And because of the wide range of uses, redwood has become one of the most appreciated lumbers used by DIYers.

 

So this article is dedicated to helping you get more familiar with redwood lumber, redwood lumber characteristics, and its common uses. There is a list of a variety of features and characteristics down below, make sure you read until the end to find out the exact features you’re looking for in Redwood.

 

Texture

Redwood has got straight grain that sometimes turns out to be wavy. The lumber can be sawn smoothly or roughly, depending on what you are looking for. The rough texture is capable of applying finishes very well.

redwood texture

Color

Redwood color ranges from a pinkish-brown to reddish-brown as the name says it all. After a while, Redwood lumber turns a gray or silver-gray color because of exposure to the sun and UV radiation. It can also turn out to be completely black when the weather is humid.

To keep the natural red color, woodworkers stain the lumber when it is installed and after three years the lumber should be stained again to preserve the original color.

 

Workability

  • Easy to work with hand saws
  • Easy to work with power tools
  • Gluing and finishing can be applied quite easily
  • By applying a primer you can paint it easily

 

Durability

Redwood is one of the strongest materials used for making home structures. The durability rating for redwood in some tests is class 3 which means it is moderately durable and highly stable. Being durable makes the lumber perfect for outdoor uses. Note that lumbers taken from older trees tend to be more durable than younger ones.

 

 Weight

Redwood is much lighter than many types of woods and that makes it a great candidate to be used in home furniture because it is easy to work with and can be sawed easily.

 

Sustainability

IUCN has listed redwood as a vulnerable species due to a 40% reduction in the past decades. It is recyclable, sustainable, and it can last for a long time.

 

Cost

As construction lumbers, the price range varies from medium to high. Redwood is commonly found in some regions of the US and New Zealand. It is quite uncommon in Asia and Europe that makes the lumbers much more expensive in these areas.

 

Toxicity and allergy

During recent years, we had a few severe reactions and problems while working with the lumber. So it can be used as a safe wood but keep in mind that some common reactions have been reported frequently, such as inflammation of the eyes, skin, and asthma-like symptoms.

 

Rot resistance

Redwood is one the most resistant types of wood to rot. Being rot resistant makes it suitable for using outdoor. Decks, fences, and furniture used outside near the ground are prone to moisture and different kinds of insect attacks. So one of the best choices for making outdoor furniture is using its lumbers to make sure the furniture lasts life-long.

 

Uses

  • Decking

The strength and stability make redwood one of the best types of wood for decks. Although the price would be higher than other materials and wood that woodworkers use for decking, it lasts a long time due to its stability. The beautiful red color gives a good contrast to the atmosphere.

 

  • Furniture and outdoor structures

As we have mentioned before, redwood has a beautiful unique color. The color makes it perfect for home furniture and different things made of wood in our home. By the way, it is moderately durable, stable, and rot-resistant. All in all, it is a good choice for home furniture and also outdoor structures.

 

  • Construction beam

Contractors tend to use redwood for beams and supports because it is strong and readily available in large sizes.

 

Conclusion

redwood

Is redwood lumber the best choice for my indoor and outdoor furniture?

Not THE best, but it could be one of the best choices available on the market.

 

Why Redwood?

In a nutshell, many characteristics make it perfect for a DIYer such as being easy to work with, long-lasting lumber, unique color, being rot-resistant, lightweight lumbers, etc.

 

What are some drawbacks?

You can find redwood lumbers in some limited areas. Having said that, the price could be a bit high in other regions. Keep in mind that IUCN listed redwood as a vulnerable type of wood. Another drawback would be the color change when exposing to the sun and UV radiation.

 

 

Woodmaze is an article-based website that helps you find more about wood and things related to it for woodworkers, DIYers, and carpenters all around the world. We have written another cool article about different types of wood and their uses. You can check that article as well.

Thank you!

 

Tiger Woods, Tigerwoods

19 Things you didn’t know about Tiger Woods – 2021

In this post, we are going to talk about 19 things that you probably didn’t know about Tiger Woods in 2021.

Yes, yes! woodmaze.com is about wood! But, in our other post, Tigerwood, Tigerwoods, or Tiger Woods, we talked about a common mistake that some people make distinguishing between these names.

As we promised in that post, we will write something (only this one time) about the champ, Tiger Woods, the professional golfer.

 

19 things that you (probably) didn’t know about Tiger Woods

 

19. His father named him Tiger, after a fellow soldier

Tiger Woods’s father, Earl, who happened to be a Basketball player in college, named his son Tiger after his army friend, Colonel Vuong Dang Phong.

 

18. His real name is Eldrik, which contains initials of both his father and mother

Tiger Woods’s real name is Eldrick Tont Woods. They named him Eldrick, because it starts with initial of his father’s name Earl, and ends with initial of his mother’s name, Kultida.

 

17. He was born in a multi-cultural family.

Tiger Woods’s father Earl is Afro-American, and his mother Kultida is Thai.

 

16. He started to play golf before he could read or write

Tiger Woods watched his father hit balls in their garage when he was 6 months old.

By age 3, he shot 48 for nine holes at the Navy Golf Course, thanks to his father.

He broke the 80 strokes record when he was only 8 years old, and 70 strokes, when he was 12.

 

15. He’s the only person who won US Amateur Championship, 3 years in a row (1994 to 1996)

 

14. Golf is not his only sport

He is interested in many sports, including soccer, diving, boating, fishing, and basketball.

 

13. Younger Golfer who won the career grand slam (at age 24)

 

12. He’s a college drop-out

He studied at Stanford University, but after two years he left to become a professional.

 

11. His foundation helps to make the world a better place.

The Tiger Woods Foundation helps millions of children worldwide, by improving the quality of their education.

 

10. He became the richest athlete in the world, in 2010.

 

9. Stuttering wasn’t an obstacle to him.

With help of school classes and practicing talking to his dog, he overcame it.

 

8. One of the best golfers of all time, with a relatively low PGA.

Over years, Tiger Woods played in 368 events, but according to PGA Tour website, he won first place in 82 of them.

 

7. His net worth is estimated to be $800 million, according to golfmagic.com.

 

6. His birthplace is Cypress, California.

 

5. Tiger Woods is a Buddhist.

 

4. He’s a successful businessman, interested in Bars and Restaurants

He owns a sport bar named The Woods Jupiter.

 

3. Music and Sports

Woods likes listening to music when practicing

 

2. Tiger Woods owns a Golf Course design firm, named TGR Design

 

1. Red is his lucky color.

Inspired by the Asian culture from his mother’s side, Tiger Woods likes to wear red t-shirts, especially during the last golf tournament.

 

 

Credits:

Image by David Mark from Pixabay. – Link

 

7 best wood for shelves

Which is the best wood for shelves?

wood for shelves

Before starting your woodworking project and make different kinds of bookshelves, wall shelves, and other types of shelves, there are some key factors to consider. So read until the end of this article to find out which is the best type of wood for shelves.

 

To make your bedroom, living room, office, or any other area inside your house look way more beautiful and well designed, you will probably need to have some shelves installed on the walls. Wooden shelves can make your room look fresher and also hold objects such as books, home appliances, toys, and other things.

 

Choosing the right type of wood for shelves is not a difficult thing to do. You have to keep some factors in mind. Note that the wood you use to make a shelf has to be

 

  • Durable

  • Inexpensive

  • Easy to cut

  • Easy to paint

 

If the cost of materials and wood does not matter to you, Mahogany, Walnut, Koa, and African Padauk are the best wood for shelves as long as they offer high durability and strength so that they can easily hold heavy loads and objects.

 

Mahogany

Good workability, moderate durability, and a reddish color make this type of wood pretty suitable for making shelves that can be subjected to heavy loads. Expensive boards which run from $5 to $30 per board foot might be considered as a downside for Mahogany when it comes to choosing this type of wood for shelves.

 

Walnut

The unique color and high durability make Walnut the second expensive choice for making wooden shelves after Mahogany. You don’t need to paint this type of wood as long as it has a perfect color. You may only need to apply a finish to make your shelf and décor in absolute harmony.

 

African Padauk

Despite being heavy, African Padauk is a good type of wood for shelves because it’s easy to work with. Thanks to its high durability, you can put heavy objects and loads on it. African Padauk holds screws and nails well. By the way, its gluing properties are acceptable for making shelves.

 

Koa

Koa trees are rarely found in the world. With that being said, the cost of lumber is a bit high. Because of having greater strength and stiffness than Walnut, Koa wood is highly appreciated by woodworkers for making bookshelves. It has a unique color and can be used without applying any paints to it.

 

Pine

The thing that makes Pinewood very popular for making shelves is being inexpensive and readily available. Another winner option is that it has a good finish and because of being soft, you can cut it easily. You can also apply paint to Pine easily, but to be honest, the wood itself looks great! You can find more properties and features about Pine in our article.

Pinewood won’t give you good durability because of being soft, so you have to beware of the load you’re going to subject the shelf to. It can only hold light objects, but if you add additional support or have thicker cuts, it can hold heavier loads.

 

Western Red Cedar

A unique red-colored softwood that can be readily cut and painted. Although red cedar is softwood, carpenters use it a lot to make shelves due to its properties and being moderately durable. On the other hand, red cedar is well-known for being weather-resistant that makes it ideal for making shelves that are used and installed outside the building. The cost for this type of wood can vary from low in the Pacific Northwest region to medium and even high in some countries.

 

Redwood

Redwood has a creamy-white to yellow color. it is capable of a clean finish, capable of being painted, glued, stained. This type of wood has moisture-resistant properties that make it widely used among woodworkers and house designers. It is highly durable but easy to work with.

 

Conclusion

wood for shelves

Shelves play a significant role in our houses. They make rooms look much more beautiful and fresher. Don’t forget that we place objects and our home appliances on shelves. So except for the appearance and the color, there are plenty of options one has to take into account. When choosing a type of wood for shelves features like durability, cost, and being finishable are of paramount importance.

There is no right or wrong option to choose between the above woods mentioned for making shelves. Depending on what a woodworker needs and which is the most important thing, the right type of wood for shelves might be different.

Now that you’ve found out which is the right type of wood for making shelves, you can learn more about different types of wood in another interesting post on our website.

 

 

Tigerwood or Tigerwoods?

Tigerwood, Tigerwoods, or Tiger Woods?

Which one is correct, Tigerwood, Tigerwoods or Tiger Woods? This probably is the question which brought you to this blog post. Believe it or not, up until recently I had my doubts about this as well! So, I decided to write this blog post, to hopefully help clear things up.

Here is the short answer: Tigerwoods (Tiger Woods) is the name of the world-famous professional golfer. Tigerwood, on the other hand, is a common name for wood products of several different species of tropical trees.

In this post, we are going to talk about Tigerwood (wood products) because, of course, it is related to the purpose of woodmaze.com. But in case you are here because of the Champ, Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, one of the “greatest golfers of all time” and one of the “most famous athletes in the world” (according to his website and many other sources), we do not want to let you leave empty-handed! So, you might find this blog post interesting: 19 things you didn’t know about Tiger Woods.

 

Tigerwood: All you need to know

Wonderful characteristics of Tigerwood

There is a reason for naming it Tigerwood: The texture. Dark and bold stripes resemble the skin patterns and coloration of a tiger. It is a beautiful exotic wood, extremely dense, about 70% harder than the Red Oak (Janka Hardness Scale between 1850 to 2160, depending on where the wood is coming from), which makes it extremely strong and durable; In fact, one of the strongest and most durable types of wood.

Tigerwood is resistant to water, rot, mold, and fungus, which makes it the perfect choice for decks, flooring, and exterior use. Due to its beautiful, exotic, and dramatic look, it is also a perfect choice for interiors and furniture. Perhaps many would like to use it for their kitchen or living room wooden floor.

When it comes to durability, it’s one of the best types of wood one could find. The wood could last for more than 50 years, because of its extreme resistance to water, insects, sunlight, and decay. Because of such wonderful characteristics, Tigerwood is a good option for making boats.

 

Different types of Tigerwood

Tigerwood is not the name of a specific tree or its lumber. Several different tropical trees are the source of the wood that we call Tigerwood.

Gonçalo Alves, from Brazil, is one of them, which again is a broader term for several species:

Brazil is one of the largest exporters of Tigerwood. But there are other types (Erythrina standleyana and Erythrina rubrinervia) coming from South America and Central America, countries such as Mexico and Ecuador. Africa is also the source of one type of wood (Lovoa trichilioides), which again, in the United States is referred to as Tigerwood.

African walnut, courbaril, bototo, zorrowood, muiracatiara, Congo wood, and Brazilian koa are all categorized under what we call Tigerwood.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros of Tigerwood:

  • Attractive, exotic, and dramatic look.
  • High level of hardness and density (up to 2160 in Janka measure.)
  • Workability: Despite its density, tigerwood is not that hard to work with (But it needs professional hand tools and experience! Smooth-cutting the edges could be tricky, and it is recommended to drill before hammering a nail.)
  • Durability and resistance to water, rot, mold, fungus, insects, and decay.
  • Long-lasting: up to 50+ years.
  • Responds well to air-drying.
  • It’s not cheap, but more affordable, compared to some other types of wood such as ipe or redwood.

 

Cons of tigerwood:

  • Not a DIY project type of wood for most people! It is moderately hard to work with and needs professional tools and experience.
  • Being resistant to moisture makes it hard to glue.
  • It turns darker over time. Especially when used for exteriors and is exposed to sunlight. Proper care may slow down this process, but it will not stop it.
  • Some species of tigerwood can cause an allergic reaction. Normally not severe, but they may result in irritation of eyes and skin, especially during the time of the woodworking. Using proper masks, shades and gloves is recommended.
  • It grows in rainforests. Although it is still not considered an endangered tree, some countries such as Brazil, which is one of the largest tigerwood resources of the world, are applying some restrictions on cutting and export.

 

 

Are you looking for information regarding Tiger Woods, the famous professional golfer? Then this post is for you:

19 things you didn’t know about Tiger Woods.