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Safely saw paper-thin veneer

Working off the “waste” side of a workpiece, it’s possible to rip very thin strips from the edge of a board. But the teeth at the back of the blade tend to leave saw and burn marks on the strips.

To prevent this, I clamp a long, tapered wedge to the back of my saw. Set to rub lightly against the blade body, the wedge directs the veneer away from the back teeth. Using this method I’ve cut veneer strips as thin as 1⁄64" thick, and as clean as any manufactured veneer. 
—Edwin Ritter, Westboro, Mass. 


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