Cutting wood veneer

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Cutting wood veneer

Post by Jimmy0x52 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:39 pm

Greetings programs,

I have a roll of maple veneer that I need to cut out. I haven't given it a shot yet but I'm wondering if anyone has tackled veneer.

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The biggest issue I can see is the roll has curve to it, so how to hold it flat to the table. Second would be that I'm not sure if I can cut 'tabs' into it so how to clear material quickly. Also - what sized bit to use?

It's thin enough to do in one pass I think (10mil = .254mm). Is there some kind of spray adhesive I could apply to a piece of wood that is more like post-it note adhesive and less like superglue (i.e. it's sticky, but not permanant?). This may help with the holddown aspects of cutting it.

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Cutting wood veneer

Post by Improbable Construct » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:37 pm

You should be able to cut the veneer.
Search for "3M 75" Repositionable Clear Spray Adhesive
I think it should do what you want.

I would definitely try and lay the veneer out flat for as long as possible before trying to cut it.
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Re: Cutting wood veneer

Post by Cwalster » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:47 pm

another option would be to sandwich it between some thin plywood. Bit more expensive, but you won't get the veneer sticky. should be reusable too if your doing multiples.

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Re: Cutting wood veneer

Post by calica » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:16 am

Vacuum table would work too.

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Re: Cutting wood veneer

Post by georvali » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:46 am

Having done this already, my suggestion for you is to use a spray adhesive to put the veneer on a substrate that is flat, such as MDF. Clamp the MDF with the mounted veneer on it to the Shapeoko spoil board, and cut your pattern using a very sharp bit (1 mm or 2mm 2 flute spiral bit). Heat the finished cut with a hair blower so that the cut piece lifts free of the MDF. Alcohol should remove the residue. It is wise to use a veneer tape to cover the top surface of the veneer to be cut to keep the veneer from splitting when it is removed from the MDF substrate.

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