Examples of two types of veneer saw

It's a specialty tool, but for what it does, there is no better tool than a veneer saw.

Veneering is an age old technique for adding the beauty of exotic woods to a project without the cost of using full pieces of rare hardwoods. Even adding small inlays and medallions can really take your project to another level. Veneer saws are the right tool for getting your best results.

Cutting strips of veneer off large panel

Large sheets of veneer can be cut on the table saw and trimmed off with a router, but very small pieces can be cut and used for exquisite details on a high end project. Only the proper hand saws will allow you that control.

Cutting veneer segment using a veneer saw

Thin veneers can be cut with a sharp knife, but knives tend to follow the grain and leave a rough edge. Sawing the veneers gives a square edge that allows for tighter joints in inlays or patterns.

Using ruler to guide veneering cut

Note how the blades of both of these saws are curved. This curve allows you to start a cut inside the veneer sheet without needing to start at the edge. It also provides very precise control during the cut. The blades are thin with virtually no “set” to minimize the kerf line. The handles are offset and well above the cut line to allow tight cuts along a straight edge.

Segmented inlay cut with a veneer saw

Contrasting veneers can be laid up to form colorful medallions that add a lot of interest to large flat surfaces. I cut angled blocks of MDF to guide my veneer saws as I piece together the rays of an oval medallion. Keeping the saw square to the guide creates flat clean edges that join together well.

Decorative veneer stringing in a table leg

It will astound you how versatile these simple saws and a few scraps of thin wood can be when it comes to decorating your project.