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    "Secrets for Success When Cutting Sheet Goods" - Excerpt from Kreg Newsletter Sept 2014

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Choose the Best Blade Image

    The first step is to choose the correct blade. Your circular saw most likely came with a “stock” blade designed to make fast, rough cuts in construction lumber, not splinter-free cuts in plywood. The number one thing you can do to improve the quality of your saw’s cut is to upgrade its blade.

    For smoother, cleaner cuts, install a new blade that is specifically designed for cutting plywood. Thankfully, you can pick up a carbide-tipped plywood-cutting blade for less than $20 at your local hardware store or home improvement center. Just look for a label that says “plywood” or “finished cuts.” Once your new blade has been installed, you’ll be making clean, chip-free cuts!

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    Using Circular Saw Before you can begin cutting, you need to make sure that your sheet is well-supported. This will prevent the piece you are cutting, as well as the remaining part of the sheet, from slipping or falling. It will also help you to maintain better control of the cut.

    When you’re using a circular saw, a sheet of 2"-thick rigid foam insulation (available in home centers) provides great support. Lay the foam on the ground or a sturdy work surface, and then place your sheet on top of it. The foam supports your sheet, giving you two free hands to control your saw. As you cut, let the saw blade cut into (but not through) the foam

    Put Your Best Face Downward Header

    The way you set up for a circular saw cut will also affect the end result. When a circular saw cuts, the leading edge of the blade spins upward into the material. This means that the blade enters the work piece on the bottom face of the material, and it exits on the top face. It's on this face, where the blade exits, that tear out can occur. So, when you cut with a circular saw, lay your plywood so that the best-looking face, or the face that will show the most on your final project, is facing down. That way, any tear out that does occur will be on the less-desirable or less-visible face.

    Make the Cut

    Now you’re ready for the best part cutting! Here’s where saw control, along with body and hand position, are important.

    When it's time to cut, be sure to turn on your saw and let the blade get to full speed before it makes contact with your material. Then, keep in mind that a blade with a lot of teeth such as a plywood-cutting blade cuts more slowly. Give the blade time to cut, and don't "force" the saw forward. Just push it at a pace that the blade can keep up with. Guide the saw with your dominant hand, and keep your eye on where the saw is going to get the straightest cut. Make sure to control your saw throughout the entire cut. With the work piece well supported, it won’t bind or pinch, allowing you to concentrate on the saw.

    For even better control, check out the Kreg Rip-Cut.  Maintaining a straight cut is easy with the Rip-Cut? guide rail and arm following the edge of your work piece as you guide the saw forward. The Rip-Cut? also ensures accurate cutting without having to measure or try to follow a cut line thanks to its built-in measuring scale.

    Cut with Confidence

    Cutting plywood, or any other large sheet, by yourself can be tricky. But with proper support, the right blade, and a few simple tips, you can make accurate, clean cuts every time. If you’re looking for more tips, check out this video. For help selecting plywood, we recommend checking out this previous edition of Kreg Plus: Tips for Picking the Right Plywood.

    Comparing Light and Dark Woods in Interior Home Designs

    Last updated 26 days ago

    The shade of wood you choose for your home can make a huge difference in the ambience and décor of your home. In most cases, a blend of wood tones looks best. For example, if you have wood beams in a medium shade, wood cabinetry and flooring with a lighter tone will provide an attractive contrast. Lighter wood does a great job of bringing light into the room, so it looks especially nice if you have large windows. Pairing lighter wood with dark countertops, dark furniture, or bright colors is another way to create a pleasant color combination. If you have white wood in your home, stained wood will provide excellent balance.

    There are endless ways to incorporate light and dark woods into an interior home design. If you’re looking for doors, cabinetry, moulding, and other wood products, call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. Visit our website to learn about the specialty woods we offer. 

    Hiring: Home Improvement & Building Materials Cashier

    in Southern Lumber Employment Opportunities

    Last updated 1 month ago

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    Job Posting Summary

    The Cashier is the first and last employee that a customer sees upon entering or exiting the store. A happy face and pleasant disposition can always be found on our employees, along with a willingness to go out of their way to help a customer in need.

    Southern Lumber requires its Cashiers to exhibit exceptional customer service skills and strong selling abilities to uphold our quality reputation. Our goal is to foster a supportive, rewarding atmosphere for our employees as well as our customers.

    Southern Lumber Company is an independently owned, family business and has an exceptional reputation for quality and service in the Lumber and Building Materials industry. If you’re seeking to work with a company that exhibits these values, we’d like to hear from you.

    This is a non-exempt position and pays $10.15 - $12.00 per hour. We are currently accepting applications for Part-Time positions only.

    For further consideration, please submit your resume today.


    Hiring: Home Improvement & Building Materials Sales Rep

    in Southern Lumber Employment Opportunities

    Last updated 1 month ago

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    Job Posting Summary

    Southern Lumber has immediate opportunities for experienced Home Improvement & Building Materials Sales Professionals who are knowledgeable in one or more of the following areas: Residential Doors, Bathroom Remodeling, Hardwood Flooring, or Building Materials areas like Builders Hardware, Decking, Moulding & Millwork, and Hardwoods.

    We are looking for you to become a valuable member of our Retail Sales Team if you demonstrate strong selling skills, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service abilities to uphold our quality reputation. Our goal is to foster a supportive, rewarding atmosphere for our employees as well as our customers.

    This is a non-exempt position and pays $12.00 - $18.00 per hour depending upon experience and ability to sell.  We are currently accepting applications for Part-Time positions. 

    For further consideration please forward your resume today.


    Design Inspiration for Your New Bathroom Vanity

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The most important rule when building or selecting a bathroom vanity is to match the vanity’s style with the overarching design of the bathroom. If you are partial to the look of specialty woods, you will love the rich, elegant look of the wooden vanities and cabinetry options at Southern Lumber. Read on for more design inspiration for your new bathroom vanity.


    Few things look better in a modern bathroom than vanity cabinets made from specialty woods. Not only does wood create contrast in a sleek, sophisticated bathroom, but it provides anti-bacterial benefits as well. Glass doors and open shelving are two of the most popular designs in bathroom cabinetry at the moment.


    Marble is a luxurious material that serves as a beautiful compliment to vanities with wood cabinetry. Tiles and mouldings made of a material such as limestone, granite, or travertine would also look great if you’re going for a modern, luxurious bathroom look. Glass tiles make an ideal countertop for your bathroom vanity, as they have a sleek texture and are easy to clean. They can be found in a wide range of colors that will contrast well with wood cabinetry.

    Lighting and Mirrors

    Well-placed sconces or a stylish chandelier will transform the look of your bathroom vanity. Buying a large, custom-made mirror will add even more brightness to the bathroom while accentuating the beauty of your bathroom vanity. If you have wooden cabinetry in the bathroom, a custom mirror frame made out of the same color wood will create a stunning look.

    Other Considerations

    Pay close attention to the design and color of the sink as this can make or break the look of a bathroom vanity. Hardware near the bathroom vanity—including the towel hanger and faucet handles—should be chosen with consideration to the bathroom vanity as well.

    Southern Lumber is the Bay Area’s top source for specialty woods. We’ve been in business since 1904, and can transform your bathroom with a gorgeous bathroom vanity, hardwood flooring, and even a custom door. Call us at (408) 297-9663 or visit our website for more information

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