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Heather Trosdahl’s article in the Dec. 2012 issue, “Parquetry Tabletop,” requires shop-sawn veneers for the best results. In case sawing one’s own veneer is a technique with which you’re unfamiliar, she’s shared her methods below:

• Install an appropriate blade for re-sawing. Fully tension the blade, using the 1/8″ rule. That is, the flesh under your fingernail turns white while applying the pressure needed to flex the blade 1/8″. Perform a drift test and set the fence accordingly (Ed note: for tips on setting up your band saw to avoid drift, see “Make Drift a Myth“). Set the fence to the desired veneer thickness and make sure the blade is parallel to the fence. Prepare a board for test cuts. For this project I have it set for 3/32”. The first test is to make sure the bandsaw is cutting properly. Make sure the cut is the same thickness, front, back, top, and bottom.

• Do a full practice run before cutting into your precious stock.


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