AW Extra 6/19/14 – Shallow Cut Eliminates Tear-Out

Shallow Cut Eliminates Tear-Out

When I crosscut hardwood plywood, I use an old technique to minimize tearout on the bottom face. I simply make two passes with my general-purpose blade. After setting the rip fence, I cut a shallow groove, no more than 1/32 in. deep. Then I raise the blade and cut all the way through. Cutting plywood this way takes longer, but I’m not in a hurry and the tear-out-free results are worth the extra effort.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker August 2006, issue #123. August 2006, issue #123 Purchase this back issue.