|Review by shipwright||posted 05-21-2013 12:49 AM||6295 views||8 times favorited||21 comments|
I am rapidly becoming a fan of Tools for Working Wood and the Gramercy line of specialty tools. This review is about the French style veneer saw but if you look closely, you will see their superb holdfasts being used as well.
When you pick up this saw you know immediately that it is like no other veneer saw you (or at least I) have ever held before. It’s teeth are coarse for a veneer saw and it is heavy .... and that’s why it works so well. The blade itself is thin and cuts with virtually no kerf but backing the blade up is a heavy machined steel plate that keeps it absolutely straight and stiff down close to the teeth.
Gramercy makes three versions of the veneer saw. There is an “English style” that has all teeth pointing down, the French style that has teeth in each half canted toward the center, and one more English style that is specifically for thick veneers.
I chose the French style because I like the idea of using the canted teeth to cut in a rocking motion so that I can cut from both sides toward the center, lessening the chance of tear-out at the edges of the veneer.
The photos show the cutting jig that I made to compliment this saw, and it needs this kind of high fence jig to really come into it’s own. Cutting with a regular straight-edge, I wasn’t that impressed but sliding the flat side of the saw along the face of the jig adds a measure of stability that allows the aggressive teeth to really go to work.
My cuts are better, easier and faster than I’ve ever had before and using the holdfasts the jig sets up and adjusts very quickly.
At $95 it’s not for everyone but if you do a lot of work with veneer you won’t likely regret buying this one.
I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about cutting veneer and doing it accurately, quickly and efficiently.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/