How to Cut Veneer Plywood

What You'll Need
Table saw
Painter's tape
Measuring tape
Straight Edge

When working with veneer plywood, you will need to cut some pieces to fit. However, veneer plywood chips easily when sawed; so, you will need to minimize the chipping. This simple how-to guide will show you how to keeping your veneer plywood from chipping when you saw it.

Step 1 - Measure and Mark the Wood

Use the measuring tape and straight edge to make cutting lines on both sides of the veneer plywood. Make sure that your measurements are accurate and that they are the same on both sides. Mark the lines with a pencil.

Step 2 - Apply Painter's Tape

Apply blue painters tape of the good side (face that will be seen) along the cutting line. Place the tape on the inside of the cutting line and be very careful to make sure the tape follows the cutting line precisely.

Step 3 - Set Wood on Table Saw

When you place the wood on your table saw, make sure that the good side of the wood is facing down. This will help to reduce the amount of chipping when you make your cut.

Step 4 - Make the Cut

Set the fence on your table saw and make sure it locked. Also, make sure to clamp your wood in place. Then, pull your table saw along the cutting line in a continuous motion. Try to avoid stopping during the cut, or you may cause the wood surface to chip.