How to use a traditional veneer saw

 

     
     
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Before you begin

 
 Whether the veneer saw cuts on the push stroke, pull stroke, or both, will depend on the direction of the teeth. 

Do you push or pull?

Whether the veneer saw cuts on the push stroke, pull stroke, or both, will depend on the direction of the teeth.

 

On some blades, the teeth are not pointing in any particular direction, which usually means that the saw cuts on both the push and the pull stroke. 

 
     
 Some blades have a special design that features two sets of teeth 

Some blades have a special design that features two sets of teeth, facing towards each other. This design allows you to alternate between cutting on the pull or push stroke simply by tilting the saw.

 
     
   

Starting your cut

 
 Pulling saw towards you 

Step 1 - Rest blade against material

Hold the flat side of the blade against a guide block, with the teeth resting lightly on the material.

 
     
   

Step 2 - Pull saw towards you 

Slowly pull the saw towards you, applying very little downward pressure in one long slow stroke.

 

Veneer sheets are very thin so it should only take you one or two strokes of the saw to make your cut.

 
     
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