What do you guys do to reduce the width of your micarta/phenolic? Mine is 2" wide and I need it to be 1.5" . What's the best way. Table saw? I done one peice sandwiched between to peices of wood held tight with clamps and sanded it to width with belt sander but it took a little while. Any quicker ways?
Posts: 206 | From: Camden, Arkansas | Registered: Jul 2004
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If it's thin, say 1/16" you can cut it with a razor knife and a straight edge.
Thicker than that, I'd use a hacksaw with a 32 TPI blade.
This is all assuming we're talking about relatively short pieces, like riser accents or tip overlays.
If I were to try to narrow, say, one of the 39" pieces like Binglam's sells, I'd either do it on the bandsaw with a metal cutting blade or sandwich it between two pieces of scrap wood and cut it on the table saw. A guy would probably want to set up some finger boards to keep the pieces from sliding around with that method.
Posts: 156 | From: Colorado Springs Colorado | Registered: Oct 2016
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Yep, I cut it with band or table saw. Makes nasty dust even with dust collection on table saw. A zero clearance insert is good and if need be clamp a pc of thin plywood against fence and raid the blade thru it to make one. Itís not really hard on blades because it is just resin with linen in it. That said I donít use my bandsaw if it has a good blade in it cause cutting veneer you want it as sharp as it can be.