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#1 posted 05-18-2011 02:42 AM

I managed to squeeze a couple of hours in this afternoon. I built a chopper and did some preliminary cuts. The results are:

1) It cuts flat grain veneer just fine
2) It is capable of cutting very small pieces
3) it doesn’t leave the fuzzy edges that the band saw does on the tiny sliced off segments.

1) It can’t really cut as complete a curve as I would like. In order to do that it would have to cut a little bit of the other side of the piece and of course it can only cut one side. The resulting composite makes decent stylized rope but there are no indentations between segments.
2) It’s very hard to cut really thin “shadow” lines. This may work better if I veneer tape the dark strip first.

Here are the pieces one with and one without shadow lines. Clearly the angle needs to be a lot longer but I think This just may be the best way to proceed.

It really is a cool rig, and really quick to make.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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