What is a double-sided veneer saw?

 

     
     
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 Double-sided veneer saw 

Another type of veneer saw is the double-sided veneer saw. This features a flat, removable blade with a handle set at an angle. This saw has two sets of cutting teeth, positioned on opposite sides of the blade.

 

Like a traditional veneer saw, it is used for cutting sheets of veneer.

 
     
   

Characteristics

 
 Like a traditional veneer saw blade, a double-sided one is also curved. 

Blade

Like a traditional veneer saw blade, a double-sided one is also curved.

 

The blade length will vary between brands but most blades are between 70 - 100mm (2.7-3.9") in length 

 
     
 
This type of saw has two sets of cutting teeth, positioned on opposite sides of the blade.
 

Teeth

This type of saw has two sets of cutting teeth, positioned on opposite sides of the blade.

 

On some models, the teeth will perform different functions, on others they simply serve as a spare pair, should one become blunt.

 
     
 
Rip Teeth and Cross cut teeth.
 

Crosscut and rip teeth

On some models, one set of teeth will be specially designed for cutting across the grain of the wood (crosscut teeth), and the other set will be designed for cutting with or along the grain (rip teeth). For more information, see our section: Crosscut saw teeth vs. rip saw teeth.

 
 

 

   
 

A double-sided veneer saw will usually have 11 or 12 teeth per inch.

 

Teeth Per Inch (TPI)

A double-sided veneer saw will usually have 11 or 12 teeth per inch.

 

Compared to a traditional veneer saw, which has a higher TPI, these saws may not produce as neat a finish. However, because the teeth are small, and the gullets shallow, you should be able to produce a relatively neat cut. 

 
 

 

   
 Some models have one set of teeth which cut on the pull stroke, and another that cut on the push.  

Cutting stroke

Some models have one set of teeth which cut on the pull stroke, and another that cut on the push.

 

For more information, see our section: Push stroke saws vs. pull stroke saws.

 
 

 

   
  

Handle

The handle on a double-sided veneer saw is angled upwards away from the blade, to allow for flush-cutting.

 

Flush-cutting is cutting away excess material to create a level and even surface.

 
     
 The handle on a double-sided veneer saw is angled upwards away from the blade, to allow for flush-cutting.  

Once you have cut your veneer sheet to size and attached it to a wooden board, you can use the double-sided veneer saw to cut away any excess material by placing it flat on the board’s surface.

 

The handle’s position above the blade allows you to do this.

 
     
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