Recommended suppliers and products

The suppliers and products listed here have been recommended by Routing with Denis or students from this school. For alternative addresses visit the listed website. Please mention that you were referred by the Routing with Denis website. Click on one of the following categories:

Adhesive tape        Bandsaw blades        Brass screws        Fasteners        Fittings        Man-made boards        NVR switch    
Personal protective equipment     Plastic sheet    Power tool service/spares     Solid wood    Toggle clamps    Waterproof glue


Blue painters tape

Brand: Sellotape

Availabilty: Most hardware stores

Comments: This tape is far superior to 'ordinary' masking tape. It provides me with 'extra hands' during both trial and final glue-ups. It also is excellent self-adhesive shim stock. The thickness is 0,0125mm (5 thou to those who still think in inches). My router table inserts were shimmed with blue tape five years ago. I have not
had to replace it. It is sold in 40 metre rolls and works out at about a Rand per metre.

Reccomended by: Denis Lock

Date added: 21 December 2016


Double-sided tape

Company: Waltons

Address: Visit Walton's web site to find your local branch - www.waltons.co.za/ContactUs

Comments: I have tried a number of brands of double-sided tape. Today I only use the Sellotape brand that is stocked by Waltons. I buy both the 12mm and 24mm tape. They come in 33 metre rolls.

 

Reccomended by: Denis Lock

Date added: 21 December 2016


Bandsaw blades - wood cutting

Company: First Cut (Pty) Ltd
Contact: Harry Mangwane
Address: 18 Adam Road, Benrose, Johannesburg. For W Cape, E Cape and KZN see website.
Telephone: 011-614-1112     Website:  www.firstcut.co.za        e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Products: Wood-cutting bandsaw blades. Agents for Starret Woodpecker blades. Manufacture own brand "Timber Cut". Other wood-cutting consumables such as hole saws, jigsaw blades, scrollsaw blades and much more also stocked.
Comment: I e-mail my order, receive a quote, make an EFT payment and within a few days receive (I am within the free delivery area) my blades. I have never had a problem with the weld on a blade from First Cut.

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 25 November 2016


Brass screws

Company: Reliable Bolt (Pty) Ltd
Address: 71B Terrace Road, Edenvale, Gauteng
Telephone: 011-609-7946                                  Website: No         e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Open: Monday to Thursday - 07h15 to 16h30 / Friday - 07h15 to 15h00 / Saturday - 08h00 to 12h00
        
Comment: Looking for solid brass screws to give your reproduction furniture an authentic look? Look no further. Reliable Bolt has a full range of traditional slotted-head solid brass screws. They range in size from 15mm to 75mm. A full range of brassed and steel screws with slotted heads also available.

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 28 April 2017


Fasteners

Company: Reliable Bolt (Pty) Ltd
Address: 71B Terrace Road, Edenvale, Gauteng
Telephone: 011-609-7946                                  Website: No         e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Open: Monday to Thursday - 07h15 to 16h30 / Friday - 07h15 to 15h00 / Saturday - 08h00 to 12h00
         
Products: A full range of bolts, machine screws, nuts, washers and other fasteners

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 13 October 2016


Fittings

Company: Gelmar (Pty) Ltd
Address: Shop 503, Cnr Hyperama Link and Dick Kemp Roads, Meadowvale Value Centre, Edenvale
Telephone: 011-453-4931        Web page: www.gelmar.co.za         e-mail: Not known
Products: An extensive range of fittings, fixtures and allied products
Catalogue: An on-line catalogue (358 pages) is available here
Comment: I buy the fittings I use to make my woodworking jigs from Gelmar. They are a lot cheaper than my previous supplier.

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 23 October 2016


Man-made boards

Company: Board & Timber Traders
Contact: Les Roberts
Address: Gate #6 Unit E, 13 Betschana Rd, Sebenza, Edenvale, Gauteng
Telephone: 082-569-7024, 011-609-9720/1         Website: No         e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Open: Monday to Thursday - 07h00 to 16h30 / Friday - 07h00 to 15h00
Products: Medium density fibreboard (MDF), chipboard (raw and veneered), Masonite, plywood, cutting, edging

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 12 October 2016


No-volt release (NVR) Switch

Company: ACDC Dynamics
Address: 25 Nguni Drive, Longmeadow Estate West, Edenvele, Gauteng
Telephone: 010-202-3000        Web page: www.acdc.co.za         e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Products: NVR switch (and many other products)
Comment: An NVR switch is a must on floor-standing or bench-top machines. If you build your own router table be sure to add one. The 'bump off' feature on the ACDC switch is an extra safety feature. The product code is SDZ-6E.

If you buy one of these switches I can let you have a wiring diagram - click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy.

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 23 October 2016 / Updated: 19 February 2017


Toggle Clamps

Company: Adendorff Machinery Mart
Address: See store locator - click here
Telephone: 0861-23-36-36        Web page: www.adendorff.co.za        
Products: Toggle clamps - both vertical and horizontal (and many other products)
Comment:  One or two quick-relase toggle clamp(s) is(are) a very useful addition to a variety of woodworking jigs. I use a number on routing and table saw jigs.

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 27 April 2017


Personal protective equipment (PPE) - Dust mask

Company: Würth SA
Address: Plumbago Business Park, Spier Road, Glen Erasmia X17, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Telephone: 0800-11-66-33        Web page: www.wurth.co.za         e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Products: Dust masks (and many other products)
Comment: This is the dust mask I use. It consists of an outer plastic net that has a valve to allow warm, moist air to be expelled. The net is fitted with adjustable elastic straps: not rubber bands attached with staples. Disposable inner liners are easily removed and fitted. For more information click here.

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 23 October 2016


Personal protective equipment (PPE) - Ear muffs

Company: Delta Health and Safety
Contact: Miguel Bustin
Address: 60 Director Road, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Telephone: 011-391-9080, 083-658-8198   www.deltahealth.co.za    e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Products: A range of 3M PPE equipment
Comment: I use 3M Peltor Optime 1 ear muffs. This model has a noise reduction ratio of 21 decibels. The acoustic pressure on my ears is reduced from a damaging 90 decibels (the approximate noise of a router) to a safe 70 decibels. I find the muffs comfortable to wear: both alone and with a respirator
and safety glasses.

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 23 October 2016


Plastic sheet

Company: Mr Plastic
Contact: Josh Harvey
Address: 13 Geldenhuis Road, Malvern East, Johannesburg, Gauteng. For other branches see website.
Telephone: 011-616-4006      Website: www.mrpx.co.za      e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Products: Plastic sheet (ABS, acrylic and polycarbonate) cut to size and a wide range of plastic fabrications.
Comment: I buy 5mm acrylic sheet cut to the sizes I use for bit and blade guards on my router tables and other machines from Mr Plastic. For some applications I have had them laser cut the acrylic to custom shapes.

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 15 November 2016


Power tool service and spares

Company: BSC Tool & Service Centre
Contact: Ashwin McPherson
Address: 35 Roper Street, New Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Telephone: 011-493-9375/6/7                Website: No                   e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Open: Monday to Friday - 08h00 to 16h30
Services: Service to and spares for Bosch, Skil and Dremel power tools
Comment: "When you directed me to them earlier this year they gave me exceptional service while I waited."

Recommended by: John Franklin          Date added: 17 October 2016       Updated: 31 March 2017


Solid wood

Company: Maple Street Timbers
Contact: Cheryl Vermeulen
Address: 51 Maple Street, Pomona, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Telephone: 011-979-4459        Website: www.mstimbers.co.za         e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Open: Monday to Thursday - 08h00 to 16h30 / Friday - 08h00 to 16h00
Products: Local and exotic timbers, machining, lamination, decking and fasteners, wood treatment

A recent comment from one of my students: “By the way, I am still buying my hard wood from Maple Street, what an excellent company.” (PF June 2017)

Recommended by: Denis Lock          Date added: 12 October 2016


Waterproof glue

Brand: Alcolin Ultra

Availabilty: Most hardware stores

Comments: It is not generally known that Alcolin Utra is in fact Titebond III. Permoseal import the glue from Franklin International, USA (read the fine print on the back of the container). Titebond III is widely recommended in American magazines and websites. I use it for all exterior applications. I also use it exclusively for kitchenware. It is FDA approved for indirect food contact. Instead of contact adhesive I use Alcolin Ultra to bond the Formica facings on the router table tops I market.

 

Reccomended by: Denis Lock

Date added: 21 December 2016


 Last updated 5 June 2017