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Forum topic by AndrewTheWoodWorker posted 08-17-2012 09:14 AM 951 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2012 09:14 AM

Hey there everyone.

So, I make wooden jewelry, and I have some cool ideas for laminated pieces.

The thing is, for my ideas, I need to be able to cut 1.5 inch thick stock, to extremely thin slices. I’m talking 1mm thick.

I have been trying to find something that would enable me to do that. I’ve tried getting a bunch of different miter boxes, but they don’t work. I can’t get them to cut straight, no matter how much I fiddle with them.

I am low on money, so I’ve been trying to find a some what cheap way to do this.

I’ve thought about a miter saw, but the thickness of the blade would take up a lot of material. So for every lamination I get, I would lose two.

And I’m using very rare, expensive woods.

I think I may end up just having to buy a bandsaw.

Any suggestions on a remedy to my situation?


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#1 posted 08-17-2012 10:22 AM

what if you used a spill plane? you’d get really thin pieces and not waste any material.

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 12:51 PM

A band saw with a fine blade won’t do it for you? You can pick a small bench top model up for very little money.

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 12:55 PM

I understand budget constraints, as I am sure all of us do. That said, a used scroll saw would not only give you the slices but also allow you to cut shapes in a block and then slice it, getting multiples and gaining time.

If you have a proven market for your wares and an adequate way to distribute them, I would think this would be worth considering.



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#4 posted 08-17-2012 02:22 PM

It would help if you gave additional dimensions of the material you want to cut.

That said, how about “Rockler’s Miter Trimmer” (

For the last few years “The Woodworking Shows” had a person demoing how to make your own inlay. He had a device that used a razor blade to cut very thin strips of materials. One device cut stright strips and another allowed cutting curved strips.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#5 posted 08-17-2012 10:18 PM

“Forget the miter saw and bandsaw…”

Care to enlighten?

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#6 posted 08-17-2012 10:26 PM

Sounds like you are making cross cuts, not rip cuts and need them 1mm thick. I suggest a pull saw with a supper thin kerf. I have one no name brand pull saw that is pretty easy to keep straight if you score the cross grain first. As a bonus the teeth are fine so it leaves a pretty decent surface.

If you need them very thin, have you tried a handplane and a shooting board? You can get pretty decent shavings with a well tuned plane. Here I would go down the length of the board as opposed to a cross grain cut but you can get 1mm thick shavings if you wanted to.

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