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Part 1
Introduction

Welcome
Veneering Basics

14 Good Reasons
Vacuum Press Uses
Vacuum Press Options
Overview

Questions & Answers
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Part 2a (Option 1 of 2)
Project: V2 Venturi Press

About Project: V2
Parts List
Build the Manifold
Build the Reservoirs
Assemble the Venturi
Make the Carrier
Wire the Press
Testing and Adjusting
Mods and Options
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Part 2b (Option 2 of 2)
Project: EVS Pump Press

About Project: EVS
Parts List
Pump Selection
Build the Manifold
Build the Sub-Manifold
Build the Reservoirs
Make the Carrier
Final Assembly
Wire the Press
Testing and Adjusting
Mods and Options
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Part 3
Vacuum Bagging

Vacuum Bag Basics
Polyurethane vs. Vinyl
DIY Vacuum Bags (A)
DIY Vacuum Bags (B)
Connect the Bag
Bag Closures
Bag Platens
Breather Mesh
Maintenance
DIY Frame Press

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Part 4
Veneer Information

About Veneer
Veneering Glossary
Veneering Myths
Backer Veneer

Veneer Glues
Veneering Tips
Substrate Materials
Flattening Veneers
A Sharp Veneer Saw
Jointing Veneers
Taping Veneers
Dealing with Defects
Curing Glued Panels
Veneering w/o Vacuum
Hammer Veneering
Iron-On Veneering
Veneer Storage
Amazing Bookmatches
Copper Veneer Guide
Paperbacked Veneer

Edgebanding Guide
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Part 5
Miscellaneous Info

Vacuum Forming
Vacuum Chucking
Vacuum Clamping
Vacuum Clamp Matrix
Vacuum Infusing
DIY Vacuum Manifold
Vacuum Press Gallery 1
Vacuum Press Gallery 2
Veneering FAQ
Veneer Glue FAQ
The Vac FAQ
Copper Veneer FAQ
Downloads (PDF's)

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Vacuum Veneering - Tips, Tricks, and More

Sharpening a Veneer Saw

A perfect seam line begins with a perfect cut and a sharp veneer saw is the best way to get there. This article explains the simple task of sharpening a standard veneer saw.

There are some veneer books that recommend filing off the tips of the saw and then forming new teeth with a file. I can't imagine why an author would put such useless and misleading information in a book. Do not file off the teeth! That would be "pointless". Get it?

The sharpening process starts with beveling the saw blade with a fine oil or water stone. The bevel is made on the top side of saw blade. This will provide you with a cut that is square on one side and beveled on the other. The side that is square is the side that is taped when making a joint between two pieces of veneer.

Hold the blade between your thumb and the inside edge of your index finger at approximately 15 degrees. Stroke the blade across the stone several times and then check your progress. You'll need a gentle sweeping-arch motion to bevel each tooth on the saw.

Take your time with this process and be cautious that you do not file off the tips of the teeth. They should feel prickly when you are done. If you over-sharpen the points, they will feel (and look) flat and the saw won't cut veneer correctly.

After beveling the saw, you need to hone the back side of the face with a water or oil stone. A few seconds of light honing will make a difference in the quality of the cut. This process is not to make the back of the saw blade perfectly flat. That really can't be done on these saws because of the thickness of the blade.

The edge should now be ultra-sharp and ready to crosscut and rip any veneer like a laser.

Sharpen Veneer Saw

Hone the Back Side

A Perfect Edge

 


About the Two Cherries Veneer Saw...
With 18 fine, unset teeth per inch, this saw cuts with precision accuracy. Though I am a "lefty" and these saws are designed for right handed people, I've had no trouble using the saw in my right hand. I use my left hand to hold the straightedge down and my right hand to saw. As long as the as the saw is sharp, you won't need to apply much pressure to cut the veneers cleanly.
 
Two Cherries Veneer Saw

Veneer Saw Types

The Two Cherries veneer saw uses the "ramps" grind which is a much improved design over the traditional "mountain grind".

These superb veneer saws are available hand-sharpened on both sides of the blade for a thin, true and laser-like cut. I absolutely guarantee that you will cut exceptional seams with this saw using the right technique.

 

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