Rotary Cutter for veneers

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Forum topic by FrankLad posted 08-02-2009 04:01 AM 3089 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2009 04:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rotary cutter razor x-acto veneer saw across along grain cut cutting edge straight trick tip

Wanted to share this for anyone else who works with thin material…

Today I tried cutting some veneer with standard rotary cutters (the kind you can pick up at Wal-Mart or fabric stores… Fiskars brand in this case… around $17.)

Prior to this, I’ve been using a hobby/x-acto knife with a metal straight-edge/ruler (with cork+sandpaper on the bottom to keep the wood from sliding around while it is being cut)

After cutting lots of stuff with the rotary cutters, both across and along the grain, I don’t think I’ll go back to cutting with a hobby knife. Straight,clean cuts – no tearing, splitting across the grain, etc.

I’ve even read where one fella recommends a rotary cutter over a veneer saw.

Thought this info may be useful to someone else.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings -

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#1 posted 08-02-2009 04:04 AM

Thanks for the tip Frank

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 08-02-2009 04:31 AM

Thanks, Frank. I’ll have to get one of these and give it a try.

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#3 posted 08-02-2009 04:48 AM

Hiu Frank, do you have a picture to show. I am interested

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#4 posted 08-02-2009 04:53 AM

Ben: Check out this website to see this tool in action.

-- Gary

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#5 posted 08-02-2009 05:09 AM

Thanks. This is a useful information. I will try to find one here in Japan!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#6 posted 08-02-2009 05:56 AM

a1Jim & tenontim: No problem! :) Glad the info is useful.

Ben: Check out that link Gary listed (Thanks, Gary!) That is exactly the tool. Nice thing is, they are easy to find (Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, ... any craft or fabric store…)

Junji: I’m sure they have them in Japan, but they are probably more efficient and cut on the pull-stroke. (Just kidding!) :)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings -

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#7 posted 08-02-2009 12:52 PM

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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#8 posted 08-02-2009 01:39 PM

ah oh… wife just might find hers missing next time she goes to the sewing room….............LOL

I’ll have to try that myself and get me one. Thanks for the tip.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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