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.


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12 Different types of Power Saws

Why shall I use a power saw?

If you find cutting a muscle-powered process, which needs a lot of physical effort and makes you tired, then power saws are here to help you. Of course, having an electric motor to run the whole device adds to the price and makes it more expensive but more efficient and easier to use.


Hand saw or power saw? that’s the question!

There are two famous types of saws on the market, hand saws and power saws.

In this article, we are going to introduce different types of power saws and their uses. If you are looking for different types of hand saws and their uses, click here.

12 Different types of power saws

1. Jigsaw

BLACK+DECKER Jig Saw, Smart Select, 5.0-Amp (BDEJS600C)

A different kind of powered saws is a jigsaw. A blade with short teeth sticking out of the edge makes this saw suitable for cutting in non-straight lines such as curves. This kind of handheld saw, which moves up and down, can be set to different speed levels. To get the best result out of a jigsaw, you’ll need to choose a proper blade for the material.


  • Cutting curves and complex shapes
  • Cutting shapes in metal plastic and wood

Best for: Making shallow cuts with considerable accuracy.

our recommendation: BLACK+DECKER Jig Saw, Smart Select, 5.0-Amp (BDEJS600C)


2. Band saw

Band saw
WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight, 10″


The most diverse types of power saws are band saws used to cut different materials with a long sharp blade. A band saw is made up of a table (you should be able to change the table angle up to 45°) supporting the whole device, a motor to run the tool, and two (sometimes three) wheels holding a thin blade. By the way, this is not a fast process and needs patience.


  • Cut curves
  • Cutting tubes and PVC

Best for: Master carpenters who want to experience accurate and effortless cuts in woodworking.

our recommendation: WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight, 10″


3. Circular saw (circular blade, or circular power saw)

Band saw
TACKLIFE Circular Saw with Metal Handle, 6 Blades(4-3/4″ & 4-1/2”), Laser Guide, 5.8A, Max Cutting Depth 1-11/16” (90°), 1-3/8” (45°), Ideal for Wood, Soft Metal, Tile and Plastic Cuts – TCS115A


The most versatile type of power saw using a rotating circular blade. It can be equipped with blades that can cut almost every sort of material.


  • Straight cuts

Best for: DIY guys, contractors, and carpenters seeking an amazingly versatile saw.

our recommendation: TACKLIFE Circular Saw with Metal Handle, 6 Blades(4-3/4″ & 4-1/2”), Laser Guide, 5.8A, Max Cutting Depth 1-11/16” (90°), 1-3/8” (45°), Ideal for Wood, Soft Metal, Tile and Plastic Cuts – TCS115A


4. Miter saw

Miter saw
DEWALT 12-Inch Miter Saw, 15-Amp, Single Bevel, Compound (DWS715)


A powered saw, which lets you do the process of cutting from different angles. The miter saw has a table, turning left and right to make different cutting angles. It can make straight crosscuts and also angled cuts.


  • Trim work
  • Door frames, picture frames
  • Molding

Best for: angled cutting for making frames and furniture

our recommendation: DEWALT 12-Inch Miter Saw, 15-Amp, Single Bevel, Compound (DWS715)


5. Scroll saw

Scroll saw | power saw
WEN 3921 16-inch Two-Direction Variable Speed Scroll Saw


Have you ever seen jigsaw puzzles and wonder how they cut these tiny pieces accurately? Well, scroll saws are here to help. A swinging arm holding a sharp blade connected to a tilting table makes this saw super powerful to cut curves in different angles precisely.


  • Cut intricate curves and corners
  • Making musical instrument

Best for: making spiral lines and curves with edges

our recommendation: WEN 3921 16-inch Two-Direction Variable Speed Scroll Saw


6. Hole saw

Hole saw
LENOX Tools Hole Saw with Arbor, Speed Slot, 2-Inch (1772779)

A hole saw is an annular (ring) saw blade with an annular grinding wheel that cuts a hole in the workpiece without cutting up the core material.


  • Cutting round holes

Best for: cutting round holes

our recommendation: LENOX Tools Hole Saw with Arbor, Speed Slot, 2-Inch (1772779)


7. Reciprocating saw

Reciprocating saw | power saw
DEWALT 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw, Tool Only (DCS380B)

Imagine having a traditional saw but powered by a motor making strokes and motions on the blade to cut through the wood. It is what we call a reciprocating saw. It’s capable of making straight and curved cuts thanks to its solid blade.


  • Pruning and trimming tree branches

Best for: plumbing, cutting out sill plates, frame working, and construction.

our recommendation: DEWALT 20V MAX Reciprocating Saw, Tool Only (DCS380B)


8. Tile saw

Tile saw
SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw

A table-mounted saw with a circular diamond-coated blade, used to cut tiles to different shapes and sizes. A water pump constantly lets the cutting area soak to keep it cool.


  • Tile cutting
  • Precise straight cuts

Best for: Tile cutters

our recommendation: SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw


9. Table saw

Table saw | power saw
DEWALT Table Saw for Jobsite, Compact, 8-1/4-Inch (DWE7485)

Simply a circular saw placed under a table and powered by an electric motor is what we call a table saw. It is designed to bring accuracy, reduce the time and effort needed to do the cutting process.


  • Crosscut
  • Dado cut
  • Rip cut

Best for: Having accurate and precise cuts on wood.

our recommendation: DEWALT Table Saw for Jobsite, Compact, 8-1/4-Inch (DWE7485)


10. Plunge saw

Plunge saw - power saw
WORX WX523L 20V 3-3/8″ Max Lithium-Ion Plunge Circular Saw

A plunge saw is another type of power saw similar to a circular saw with a spinning blade that slices, but it is much more complex and precise. Having a fixed guard, the blade is exposed when plunging the handle. The main difference between a plunge saw and a circular saw is that in a plunge saw, you can start the cut from anywhere you want, whereas in a circular saw, you’ll need to start cutting from the end of the material.


  • Cutting laminates
  • Cut doors as they are still on their hinges.

Best for: Dust-free cutting processes which require fine cuts

our recommendation: WORX WX523L 20V 3-3/8″ Max Lithium-Ion Plunge Circular Saw


11. Flooring saw

Flooring saw - power saw
SKIL 3601-02 Flooring Saw with 36T Contractor Blade

Ever tried to install your own floor? If the answer is positive, you know it’s not an easy job to handle without using a flooring saw. The flooring saw is a handheld power saw used to build wooden flooring. A circular saw on guide rails is attached to a frame on the floor saw.


  • Installing laminate flooring

Best for: cutting wood, laminate, vinyl, and soft materials.

our recommendation: SKIL 3601-02 Flooring Saw with 36T Contractor Blade


12. Chain saw (chain power saw)

Chain power saw
BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Cordless Chainsaw, 10-Inch, Tool Only (LCS1020B)

You might have seen foresters chopping tree branches and shrubs using gasoline, battery, or electric-powered saws that do the process of cutting by using a rotating set of chains wrapped around a solid metal blade, and that’s what we call a “chainsaw” (also chain saw)


  • Bucking
  • Pruning
  • Tree felling

Best for: Woodworkers and gardeners who want to cut trees and branches or those who harvest firewood.

our recommendation: BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Cordless Chainsaw, 10-Inch, Tool Only (LCS1020B)