Inspired by David Welter’s instruction and his article in FWW about shop sawn veneers, I set out to do a set for myself out of the apple that I bought in Mendocino.
Our shop doesn’t have the monster of a bandsaw that the CR shop does but we do have both a Hitachi resaw and an 18” Laguna. Both respectable machines and theoretically also both up to the task.
I chose the Laguna. Mostly because I felt more comfortable tuning and also because a 3/4 inch bandsaw blade is cheaper than the 3” one that the Hitachi takes.
There was a crappy chewed up blade on the Laguna so first thing was a trip to Standard Saw in Oakland to get a new blade. They’ll weld one up for you to any length and width you need. They’re super helpful and very reasonable. Having a fresh new blade was a huge advantage and at $40, a no brainer to choose. I’d recommend having one especially in a shared shop environment, if nothing else than to be able to replace it immediately when you discover that the current one is busted.
Tuning the Laguna was also pretty straightforward as well. I saw it done over the summer and actually read the manual off of the Laguna site. They also have a couple of videos on changing blades and tuning the machine. New blade and retuned, I was ready to saw this apple into slices.
Since this was first for me, I choose to cut them a little thicker than what David had recommended. This allowed me the option to resurface in case I ran into trouble and I had plenty of extra lumber so loosing a few layers wasn’t a big deal to me.
The veneer resawing went fairly well by my judgement. I think I underestimated how hard apple was and maybe went a little too fast on some passes but overall we did ok.
Pics to follow.