Cut veneer


Veneers are nothing more than very thinly cut wood panels. In order to cut or saw these, a veneer saw is used in the specialist company. Of course, the purchase is not worth it for a hobbyist or do-it-yourselfer. Therefore, we present below possibilities how to cut a veneer without a veneer saw.

Not easy to cut due to its low thickness

Conventional veneers usually have a thickness between 0.55 and 0.65 mm. To cut veneers, you would first have various tools and techniques at your disposal:

  • Veneer saws, electric
  • Handsaws with very fine saw teeth
  • Circular saws with very fine saw blades
  • Routing with a suitable cutting head
  • Cutter knife (utility knife) or scalpel

For home improvement, a veneer saw is unrealistic

Of course, the only truly exemplary cutting technique is to perform with the veneer saw. The financial effort for such a facility and probably the space necessary for hobbyists and home improvement completely unrealistic.

Cutting veneers by hand

Depending on the type of wood, the grain of the veneers varies. The stronger this is pronounced, the worse the cutting results are with a cutter or a scalpel. The problem is that the blade always follows the grain.

Again and again you can hear that between one-sided and two-sided fasted blades should be distinguished, but that is a fallacy. Depending on the grain of the wood, the cut will run independently. Especially when joining veneer, this can be a problem without the right tool.

Cutting veneers with electric saws and cutting aids

For all other alternatives, there is a high risk that the cut edges will fray more or less. Therefore, there are only a few ways to achieve as home improvement really clean cut edges on veneers. For this we should look a little bit away from building a veneer saw.

Alternative approach when cutting veneer

So that the cut can not run, a guide profile is essential. In addition, several veneers should be stretched between two more solid plates, for example MDF, to be cut. You can then build such a device either for your circular saw or your router. In particular, the router is well suited because it can be reached higher speeds.

Saw blade or cutting head and feed

In addition, your attention is also the cutting material itself, so the cutting head or the saw blade. The teeth should be as fine as possible. If you could then clamp the veneer in several layers, you can achieve a relatively low feed rate when pushing on the guide profile.

Tips & Tricks

If you do not succeed in cutting your veneer as it should, you also have the option of going to a carpentry or carpentry shop in your area. Well-equipped woodworking workshops are usually equipped with a veneer saw. After all, the prices for a veneer can be so high that the risk of destroying or damaging the workpiece is too great.


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