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    Different Types of Wood Chisels

    Last updated 1 day 9 hours ago

    If you are doing a project that involves wood, oftentimes you will require the help of a wood chisel. Watch this video if you are unfamiliar with the different types of wood chisels.

    A bench chisel is among the most common chisels. It features a flat back with angled sides, and its length may vary depending on the model. It is typically used in conjunction with a mallet, although it can also be used with a hammer. A mortising chisel is similar to the bench chisel, but the sides are sometimes offset and usually less tapered.

    For more information about the different types of wood chisels, call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. We offer a variety of wood working services, such as flooring, decking, and doors. Feel free to visit our website for more information about our services. If you live in the San Jose area, stop in today.

    Decorating with Cherry Wooden Floors

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Cherry wooden floors can provide your space with a nice visual appeal. Whichever stain you choose, be sure to complement it with tasteful furniture and floor coverings. Here is a closer look at decorating with cherry wooden floors.

    Variety of Stains
    Although cherry hardwood floors are harder to stain than many other kinds, certain stains can still be effective in protecting your floor’s aesthetic. When it comes to staining a cherry hardwood floor, stains with heavy pigmentation tend to be appropriate. This will protect your floor from changing colors, which occur due to exposure to ultraviolet rays. There are several different types of stains that can be used on cherry wooden floors, so choose one that ties into the design of your room. Options include early American, fruitwood, cherry, natural, and golden oak.

    Aesthetic Furniture
    Choose your furniture carefully in order to bring out the color of your cherry wooden floor in an optimal way. The color of your furniture should be contrasting to the color of your floor. Darker floors warrant lighter colored furniture such as creamy or pastel. Common colors include white, blue, and green. Just because you have a wood floor, however, does not mean you have to stay away from wooden furniture; simply make sure that your wooden furniture is painted so that it will contrast with the floor rather than clash.

    Floor Coverings
    Although cherry wooden floors can offer a beautiful display in themselves, certain types of rugs can add to their appeal and make the room seem more finished. Much like furniture, the rugs you choose should be based on the color of your floor. Again, the rug should contrast with the floor; a lighter floor means a darker rug and vice versa. Oriental, shag, and other area rugs are appropriate for decorating with cherry wooden floors.

    Are you planning on decorating with cherry wooden floors? Contact Southern Lumber or visit our website. We are happy to supply the San Jose area with a variety of decks and outdoor living services. You can find out more about our services by stopping by or calling us at (408) 297-9663.

    Wood Flooring Materials that Pair with Cherry Cabinets

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Cherry cabinets can bring warmth and luxury to any room in your home, but if you want to make an even bolder design statement with your cherry cabinets, look to wood flooring to compliment your new cabinetry. If you want to create a more cohesive look you can install solid or engineered wood flooring that stands out in its own right. In the end, it comes down to your lifestyle, the look you want to accomplish in the room, and your budget. To help get you started, here is a look at some wood flooring materials that pair well with cherry cabinets.

    Light Wood Floors
    When pairing wood flooring to cherry cabinets, try to stick with lightly-colored wood floors. Dark wood floors such as walnut and maple might overpower the space and distract from your beautiful cabinets. Cherry cabinets look great paired with wood floors that contain hints of gold, yellow, blondes, and reds.

    Bamboo Flooring
    Speaking of lightly-colored flooring, bamboo floors in a light blonde stain will perfectly contrast your cherry cabinets. Bamboo floors also provide textural nuances to your kitchen’s design thanks to its sandy, earthy appearance.

    Cherry Hardwood Floors
    Matching your floors and cabinets can create a uniform look in your kitchen. Cherry hardwood flooring is also remarkably durable. When laying down cherry hardwood flooring, make sure the grain follows the length of the kitchen rather than the width to expand and lengthen the space. For a bit of contrast, try a light oak or maple stain on cherry hardwood floors.

    If you’re looking for beautiful wood flooring to match your cherry cabinets, come to Southern Lumber in San Jose. We carry a wide selection of flooring materials, including a number of specialty woods that you can’t find anywhere else. Visit our website to see all of the specialty woods we carry, or call us at (408) 297-9663. 

    When Are Your Current Hardwood Floors Worth Saving?

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Wood flooring is beautiful, natural, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, long-lasting, and a sign of quality in a home. Old hardwood floors offer the extra allure of charm and history, but the years often show. The question, then, is when should you salvage old hardwood flooring or just replace it? It really comes down to a matter of preference. If you don’t mind a bit of “character,” you can refinish your old hardwood floor and make it come alive again. However, homeowners who have old floors should not expect them to look brand-new. There is also the question of the floor’s structural integrity and condition. For example, floors with extreme movement between the boards are not good candidates for refinishing. Also, if it’s laminate floor, there may not be a thick enough wear-layer to sand and refinish.” 

    Whether you are replacing your entire floor or simply replacing a few old boards, come to Southern Lumber for all of your hardwood flooring needs. We offer a top-tier selection of hardwood flooring, including many rare and unique specialty woods. Contact us online or call us at (408) 297-9663 to speak with one of our hardwood flooring specialists.


    Designing with Cherry Cabinets

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Cherry is incredibly rich, making it a timeless favorite for homeowners who want to make a statement in any room. If you’re remodeling your home with cherry cabinets, you need to keep a few things in mind as you fill in the rest of the space with new appliances and new flooring. Here are some tips for designing with cherry to help you make a bold, beautiful statement with your new cabinets.

    Keep it Simple
    When it comes to the cabinet doors themselves, choose a simple door style to allow the beautiful grains and textures to shine through. Busy details like elaborate carvings or moldings will distract from the natural beauty of the cherry. If you are working with a small space, consider glass-front cherry wood cabinets to lighten up the cabinetry and help make a room appear larger.

    Brighten Your Backsplash
    While you don’t want to distract attention away from your beautiful cherry cabinets, a glass backsplash is a great way to add some contrasting lightness to the room by offsetting the dark tones of cherry wood. Metallic tiles crafted of copper or stainless steel can give a more modern, industrial look to offset the rich, natural beauty of cherry cabinets.

    Add Contrast with Light Flooring
    While we’re on the subject of contrasts, look to hardwood flooring to give your cherry cabinets that extra “pop.” Light-colored wood flooring draws the eye upward towards the dark cherry wood cabinets, while also making the room appear larger.

    Whether you’re remodeling your entire room or just replacing your old cabinets, Southern Lumber is here to help. We offer the most beautiful wood products for your home, including cabinetry, hardwood flooring, and moulding. Contact us online, call us at (408) 297-9663, or stop by and see us today to learn more about our cabinetry and flooring options

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