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Forum topic by Chessnut posted 2363 days ago 1555 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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2363 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: veneer paper cutter

Hi all, I’m facing a dilemma whether to purchase a paper cutter to cut my strips of veneer for my chessboards or to just use a straight edge and a blade. If I did go the paper cutter route which cutter, the old fashioned guillotine with curved blade or the rotary setup?

-- Mike, Airdrie Alberta


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#1 posted 2363 days ago

I have tried various paper cutters and none have worked well. They tend to push the veneer out of the
way making a straight cut very hard.

A straight edge and blade does a much better job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2363 days ago

In my limited experience, I agree with Gary.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 2363 days ago

How wide of strips do you want to cut? I use a heavy aluminum straightedge (3/4” thick by 3 1/2” wide with a laminate on the face) with either a stiff blade in an Xacto or an Olfa rotary cutter for most of my work. It provides adequate heft to hold material flat and prevents me from having to apply tons of pressure to the straightedge. I haven’t had much success with a paper cutter either, even after sharpening the blade to a death defying razor edge. When I need narrow strips, such as for banding, then I use an Ulmia strip cutter.

-- Rich, Madison WI

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#4 posted 2362 days ago

Heavy straight edge and an Xacto knife.

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#5 posted 2361 days ago

What about a mat cutter?

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#6 posted 2351 days ago

I have a friend who does some really fabulous veneer work, and lots of it. He will use a small metal shear to cut pieces like this. It is like an industrial grade paper cutter. It looks something like this: http://roperwhitney.com/shearing/2-20.cfm If you are planning to make a lot of chessboards then it might be worth it, but if you can’t justify one of these then I would suggest a straight edge and a knife.

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#7 posted 2350 days ago

I learned to do it with a veneer saw and a straight edge.
I’ve also used a scalpel.
Three quick swipes with the veneer saw and it’s done. The scalpel tends to be too flexible to cut a long piece.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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