Last updated 5 days ago
A table saw is an important part of any woodworker’s workshop. Nothing can cut sheet goods quite as well as a table saw, and few saws are as easy to use. If you’re interested in buying a table saw, don’t stop with the saw itself—you might also consider getting a few accessories to help make your woodworking projects safer and more successful.
Not all saw blades are the same; to make a wide range of cuts in multiple kinds of wood, you should consider buying a few different saw blades. Generally speaking, the more teeth a blade has, the smoother its cutting ability. Some woodworkers use blades with fewer teeth in order to make cuts fast.
The throat plate is the part of your table saw through which the blade juts out. Many factory throat plates are too wide, often leading to tear-outs and wood debris getting stuck between the blade and the throat plate. To resolve these issues, consider getting a zero-clearance throat plate insert for your table saw.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, working with a table saw can be very dangerous. To make your woodworking projects safer, consider buying several different kinds of push blocks. A push block acts as an extension of your hand, allowing you keep your hands far from the blade when you make your cuts.
It’s always a good idea to have some outfeed support to prevent pieces of wood from falling off the table after you make a cut. Without the right support, a piece of wood might tip upwards before you can finish your cut. To prevent these problems, consider getting a table that’s the same height as your table saw.
Southern Lumber offers many of the accessories you need for your table saw and other woodworking power tools. Call our San Jose location at (408) 297-9663 or visit our website to get a better idea of our specialty woods, vanity cabinets, and other products.
Last updated 11 days ago
If you’re a professional woodworker, you know all about the importance of high-quality power tools. Miter saws, dust extractors, jigsaws, and other power tools can help you tackle virtually any job quickly, safely and with maximum precision. If you’re in the market for new power tools, consider buying them from Festool.
Festool’s origins go back to 1925, when its parent company Festo was founded in Wendligen, Germany. Festool became an independent company in 2000, and has since kept their focus on woodworking tools. Today, they make some of the most sophisticated power tools on the market, including miter saws, sanders, cordless drills, and dust extractors. They also make router tables, special storage units, work lights, and other important accessories. To make your future woodworking projects as strong and elegant as possible, consider bringing some German engineering into your workshop.
To get a closer look at Festool products, come by Southern Lumber of San Jose. We have all the lumber, power tools, and accessories you need to complete your woodworking projects. Call us at (408) 297-9663 to learn more about our specialty woods.
Last updated 19 days ago
When most people think of wood, they imagine a plain, beige 2 X 4. However, any woodworker will tell you that there’s a lot more to wood. Macassar Ebony, for example, is an exotic hardwood that will likely change your perception of what wood can be.
Macassar Ebony is unique to the island of Sulawesi, which is a part of Indonesia. This hardwood appears light brown or reddish brown, with straight, dark stripes. Like other tropical hardwoods, Macassar Ebony can be tricky to work with, and may have a dulling effect on saws. If you’re experienced enough to work with Macassar Ebony, you might consider making a high-end pool cue, musical instrument, or luxury furniture. Once you craft this hardwood into an elegant finished product, you’ll find that it stands up well to fungus, water, and time. However, there are certain insects that find it delicious.
At Southern Lumber, we keep plenty of Macassar Ebony on hand for specialty wood aficionados. We also offer moulding and millwork, redwood fences, vanity cabinets, and much more. Contact our San Jose office at (408) 297-9663 if you have any questions.
Last updated 24 days ago
Like any woodworker, you work hard on all your projects—too hard to let your masterpieces become faded or damaged over time. To protect your furniture, clocks, and other wood surfaces, you’ll need to give them a strong finish; however, the sheer number of available finishes can make it difficult to find the right one. Any woodworking expert will tell you that Watco Danish Oil is a fine choice for keeping your wood items looking good.
Watco Danish oil is a special type of finish that combines penetrating oil and varnish. This finish is popular because it penetrates wood and hardens, rather than providing superficial protection. Experts recommend using Watco Danish oil for small pieces of furniture, picture frames, jewelry boxes and other small wood items. It is not recommended for surfaces that see a great deal of abuse, such as flooring.
There are a couple ways you can apply Watco Danish oil. One way is to apply it with a cloth and wipe it off. Another way is to apply it with a large brush. Watco Danish oil is known to dry very quickly, and you can wipe off the excess finish about 15 minutes after application. However, experts recommend that you leave it on your wood surface overnight to make sure it has a chance to penetrate the wood.
Applying Watco Danish oil is the perfect way to complete your woodworking project. This finish is known to enhance the appearance of any wood surface it touches. Once it penetrates the wood, Watco Danish oil creates a warm, rich glow that will be hard to take your eyes off of. Amateurs and professional woodworkers alike use this finish because the application process is quick and easy, and because it’s great for protecting wood from moisture.
For more information about Watco Danish oil, don’t hesitate to call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. We provide San Jose woodworkers with specialty woods and other products needed for beautiful projects. You might also visit our showroom to see our selection of doors, vanity cabinets, and other wood items.
Last updated 26 days ago
Once budding woodworkers get the carpentry bug, they’re always on the lookout for new types of specialty wood to manipulate. If you’re looking for a new type of tropical hardwood with which to create beautiful works of art, you should consider cocobolo.
Cocobolo comes from a tree called dalbergia retusa, which can be found in Central America. Cocobolo is popular because of its dark color and oily look, which makes it a fine choice for small, artistic woodworking projects. Since cocobolo has distinctive oil that can irritate the eyes and lungs, experts recommend wearing goggles, a respirator, and using a dust collection system when working with it. Cocobolo is very hard and dense, and ideal for use in instruments, pool cues, gun grips, knife handles, and other items that could use a hard, decorative accent.
For a closer look at cocobolo and other specialty woods, come by Southern Lumber. We’ve been providing woodworkers throughout the San Jose area with specialty woods for over 100 years. Call us at (408) 297-9663 or visit our website to learn more about our products and services.