A while back we had a dead pepper tree (Schinus Molle) removed from our Az. back yard and I saved some pieces. Well today I had a log jam at the veneer press so while I was waiting for glue to set I made a Q & D log cutting jig and started to make some little pepperwood boards.
OK, so boards are fine but I wondered if I could cut 1/16” veneer to match the thickness of my stock from France. The machine is my 11” ShopSmith bandsaw and the blade is a 1/4” 4 tpi Diamond Sterling from http://buyfromawoodworker.com/
I didn’t really think it was the right setup to get optimum results, especially in such a hard wood but …. what the hell, let’s give it a try. Another possible problem that came to mind was that the sled had been made to slide in my bandsaw table slot and was not adjustable for drift so all in all I wasn’t expecting much.
Certainly not this.
I’ll be buying more of these blades. I have used several different ones (including the vaunted woodslicer) in the past to re-saw veneer and with my bigger, more expensive bandsaw as well. I can easily say that I was surprised and impressed at how well this setup cut relatively thin veneer, right out of the chute with almost no “tuning”. The pieces will not need to be run through the drum sander. They are ready to make packets and cut marquetry from …. right off the saw. I also never had to re-surface the chunk I was cutting from, just one cut after the other. I’m still not sure I believe how perfect these pieces came out.
It was good day in the shop!
Thanks for looking in.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/