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.

 

 

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