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Re: Veneer saw for shop-sawn veneers

Wiley Horne
Hi Denny,

There is a Japanese model that cuts on the pull stroke. Called an ‘azebiki’. Use it against a straight-edge. Cutting length varies typically from about 2-3/8” to 4”—i.e., 60mm to 96mm. Here is one from Hida Tool,


There are many of them on Ebay, priced generally from $30-45.

They are toothed for rip and crosscut. Generally about 15tpi xcut; 9tpi rip.

It is very useful to have both rip and crosscut.

I have used these for thick veneer—they work well, and in a rip will plane up long curls.

Other option for rip: fine tooth blade on band saw, then shoot the edge. Repeat: fine tooth, slow feed.

Depending on the hardness of the wood, you might be able to get by at 3/32 with a cutting gauge, but they can be tricky to use for the purpose, because you really have to bear down, even with a sharp gauge, and the work can move if you’re not holding your mouth right—damhikt. Plus, the gauge will want to grain follow, so it can get messy. Am telling you my failures as well as successes :) .


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