Does any one know where to buy a veneer trimmer, in order to trim excess
iron on veneers from the edge od boards. Its a hand held device that you
just run along the edge of the board and it trims both sides flush with
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On Sun, 1 Aug 2004 19:39:12 +0000 (UTC), "Lawrence Zarb"
Here are 2 in the US.
Maybe they ship to the UK. But there might be a better option in the UK.
Well I can't. 3mm is just enough to encourage one to go at it with
vigour, with unfortunate consequences as the veneer on the panel itself
is usually paper thin.
Besides there is usually more than 3mm to remove
I just finished a project that used iron-on veneer edging. I bought one of
those trimmer tools but ended up not using it. Depending on the grain
direction of the iron-on veneer, it will either cut cleanly or tear off a
chunk. Sort of like Russian roulette. I ended up sanding and cutting with a
The veneer trimmer I used was sold by Freud but it's probably a generic item
also sold by other manufacturers. I think it'd work great for cutting
plastic edgebanding, but for wood, as least it my experience, it doesn't
work well at all.
If there is not much left hanging over, then I use a block plane to trim it
off. If there is more, then I flip the board over with the veneer side down
and cut it off with a veneer saw, then block plane to touch up the last bit.
I've never tried the chisel way, so I can't compare. A good sharp veneer saw
is cheap to buy and a joy to use.
Many of these gizmos are available but very few work well IME when used
with natural veneer. You have to observe the run of the veneer grain to
ensure you trim along with it. If you attempt to trim against the grain
then it is prone to splinter which can be a real PITA.
I prefer a small electric trimmer myself or a well tuned low angle block
plane a la Lie Nielsen.
An xacto knife has a handle which would preclude holding the blade flat
to the surface in the scenario outlined above.
If the secondary surface is going to be used to guide the blade three is
every chance of damaging it.
Been there etc. etc.
I've done it and it works. Don't try and cut it all at once. Take
several light scores to establish the line. I still prefer a marking
knife (which incidentally has a thicker handle than an exacto knife).
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