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Posted on Efficient setup for taking stock to thin thicknesses

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 01:20 AM

Jack – no harm no foul. I seriously think you may be better off laminating a couple thicknesses of veneer together with a vacuum press, or even just some heavy weights as your final pieces are so small. You can use a lesser grade as the backup and you broaden your choice of species to your customers. Plus you eliminate almost all of your sanding. To resaw and sand/plane like that on a production basis will take a serious investment in equipment and time, but is assuredly do-able. The cheapest OSS that I know of that will last (has metal gears) is the JET. Stay away from the plastic Grizzly and Delta as they have nylon gears and won’t hold up for long. If there’s a Harbor Freight near you you can almost always find a coupon for their OSS in some of the woodworking magazines and get it for something crazy like $90, but buy the extended warranty because you will eventually need it. You can probably get exotic wood blanks from a place that sells bowl blanks for woodturners. Good luck.

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