Veneer Sawing Tips

■ Hardwood plywood makes a good cutting surface. Saw blade veneer cross-grain to the plywood.

■ A thick straightedge, such as 3/4-in. MDF, helps keep the saw blade vertical. Press down hard on the straightedge when sawing.

I clamp it down for long cuts.

■ Saw on the pull stroke, pulling the saw the full length of the cut.

■ Start with the far end of the curved blade contacting the work, then slowly rock the saw backward as the cut progresses, ending with the rear teeth contacting the work.

■ Begin each cut with two light scoring strokes to prevent splitting of the veneer. Increase pressure on subsequent strokes. A total of four or five passes should cut through most veneers. —P.P.

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