This past weekend I taught a one-day class with the Central Indiana Woodworkers during which we built a small box with corner inlay. Additionally, the plan was to make and install a few sand-shaded fans, but time ran out before most of the group got there. As I prepped materials for the fans on Friday, I looked at a few options including purchasing veneer (it’s sooo thin), my table saw (a pain in the tuckus) and a bandsaw. Bandsaw it was.
For years I’ve owned and used an old Delta machine, but when we started 360 Woodworking, Chuck brought in his Laguna 1412. (He reviewed the saw when it was new and liked it so much that he bought it for his shop.) While I’ve used it on occasion, I decided making thin sheets of shop-cut veneer would be a great test.
I set up the cut, grabbed a leftover hunk of tiger maple and gave it a go. Each cut was smooth. Each piece was a consistent thickness from edge to edge and top to bottom. The only two pieces I lost were the first piece that squared the hunk. and the first cut after I rotated the block to pull veneer off the face of the board. Needless to say, I was impressed.
If you’re in the market for a new bandsaw, make sure you take a look at Laguna. Below you can see the setup and the results I had.