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Forum topic by Jim K posted 03-16-2010 03:12 AM 6425 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim K

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03-16-2010 03:12 AM


I need some tips on cutting luan plywood without lots of chips?
Would it be helpful to turn the piece upside down I have the good side up?

Thanks Jim K.

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 03:44 AM

What are you using to cut it?

A Zero Clearance Insert would be helpful on the table saw.
If you’re using a hand held circular saw, you can make a ZCI by carpet taping (or screwing) a piece of hardboard or mdf to the bottom of the saw.

Also, a good masking tape can work, depending on the Uglan… I mean, Luan.

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 04:14 AM

Score it first

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 04:21 AM

Yes, it would be helpful to turn it upside down.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 04:25 AM

How thick?

Unless you have a blade with Negative hook, and maybe even if you do, take a light scoring cut first, like the blade 1/32”- 1/16” into the material, then raise the blade up and make a second cut through at the same fence setting with the blade about an eighth to quarter inch above the top surface of the material.

Luan is pretty chippy no matter what.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 10:58 PM

I used to work at a door shop and we where always cutting luan doors and skins. For cutting across the grain we scored them with a utility knife and put some cheap masking tape over the score mark befor running thru the table saw or a strait edge with a skill saw.

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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