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Gramercy Tools’ new veneer saw is a different take on the traditional French-style veneer saw. Like that one, its curved blade—beveled on one side—can be used with either hand in conjunction with a wooden straightedge. What makes the Gramercy tool different is that it can be used with different blades to suit different cutting styles. I tried three blades: 60° and 90° English- style blades (where the teeth are triangular and can cut in both directions) and a bi-directional French-tooth pattern, with teeth that are raked toward the center from each end of the blade. The blades attach to a stiff steel backer plate via three screws. I’d recommend starting with the 60° English-style blade, which cuts quickly. The French blade, with its bi-directional cutting action, takes some time to get used to, but it can cut aggressively or not, depending upon how you position the saw while cutting, and it works well on everything from fragile burls to thicker veneers.
You certainly could get a cheaper veneer saw. Being a practical value hunter, I don’t mind buying a less-expensive saw and tuning it up. But the Gramercy veneer saw is a well-engineered, finely made tool that comes razor sharp—a real bonus for those who don’t have the tools or desire to sharpen a saw. The company also offers sharpening services.
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