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Project by daveintexas posted 10-18-2007 08:16 PM 1930 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the short time I have been on this forum, I have gleaned alot of interesting ideas, so I thought I would share one with y’all.
I have been working with veneer for the past two years and am constantly looking for ways to improve effecientcy and quality. I have tried lots of different tools for cutting veneer, such as the veneer saw, exacto knives, hand chisels (ala Paul Schurch), utility knives, etc.
I came across a paper cutter at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago and thought I would give it a try. It works great !! I think it has to do with the cutting action going more downward, similar to a guilitene.

( Pic #1) I had some left over backer veneer, that was very brittle, it would split if the wind blew.

(pic #2) I taped the ends, put it into the cutter and sliced it.

(pic #3) And as you can see, very clean edge.

Took all of 30 seconds to tape it up and cut it. Best of all clean edges with no spits.
I think where this thing will really excell is in cutting small pieces for inlay work.
Thanks for letting me share.





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Paul

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#1 posted 10-18-2007 08:40 PM

Great tip. Thanks!

I’ve also eyed the hand held cutters with a sharp circular cutter head (like a small pizza cutter) and the cutting mats in the fabric/craft section at Wal-mart. Has anyone tried one of those on long straight veneer cuts?

-- Paul, Texas

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mot

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#2 posted 10-18-2007 09:35 PM

Have you tried cutting with the grain? How does it work then? I have a papercutter that is doing nothing in our house but gathering dust….I could re-task it down in the shop.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 10-18-2007 10:09 PM

Thanks, Dave! If you’ve been following the projects, you might have noticed I was just looking for some tips on this.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-18-2007 11:33 PM

Don’t want to speak for Dave, but I’ve tried the paper cutter with the grain and it was much less reliable than cross cuts. Across the grain was great. Maybe a very sharp blade could rip better. Might try again sometime.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 10-18-2007 11:50 PM

Thanks Dave for sharing the cutting tip. I’ve not tired veneer yet, but it’s on my to do list.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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daveintexas

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#6 posted 10-19-2007 02:00 AM

Paul- I use that tool you are talking about. I purchased one at a fabric store , and it is one of my favorite cutters. I bought one made by Fiskers (sp).

Tom- as previously stated the paper cutter works super on cross cuts, but is just fair on rip cuts. I prefer a straight edge and either the wheel cutter or linoleum knife that has been scary sharpend.

Thanks all

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 04-30-2008 02:33 PM

Dave this is quite funny.

I have a project in the works, using veneer, and have pictures that look like yours.

I went to an office supply store about a month ago, and purchased a paper cutter for the same purpose.

I found if you tape both sides of the veneer and use a board to hold the veneer tight to the cutter, it splits the veneer much less.

I concluded it was easier and faster for me to do it using a scalpel. (it’s what I’m used to, and since I’m an old dog…)







Lee

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romansfivefive

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#8 posted 05-27-2008 10:12 PM

great ideas, thanks for sharing everyone.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#9 posted 05-27-2008 10:16 PM

Nice tip! thanks for posting your ideas!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 05-28-2008 12:24 AM

Thanks for the tip!!!! Great post!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 05-28-2008 01:40 AM

great tip, thanks for taking the time to share it.

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#12 posted 08-18-2008 03:04 PM

The paper cutter works great ,if ever in need of veneer fell free to look me up
Thanks Fritz

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#13 posted 08-18-2008 03:11 PM

...wonder if it will work with 4X8 sheets of plywood….

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#14 posted 02-08-2009 08:02 AM

You might try softening the veneer first so that it will be more pliable. You can also flatten the veneer at the same time.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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