Once at a woodworking show, I witnessed Frank Pollaro making up veneered chess boards. He must have produced more than 30 pieces and each was perfect. The seams were tight and clean; there was no tear-out or split veneer. What impressed me most was that he was getting these results straight from his veneer saw, with no fussing or cleaning up on a shooting board later. After that, I was determined to improve the performance of mine.
Here are the steps I take to “soup up” a veneer saw. It’s not necessary to do this to learn veneering, but it helps.
Download the PDF below for the step-by-step photos.
— Mario Rodriguez