short tutorial is intended for those people who have taken my
veneering class. In the class, we use a filetti guide to make
decorative banding. This is how the filetti guide is used.
The filetti guide is a piece of MDF
about 24" long and perhaps three inches wide. A
rabbet is milled in each edge, starting with one
1/16" wide. The other rabbets are 2/16", 3/16" and
4/16". I mill these on my router table with a spiral
To use the filetti guide, you need
the guide, a straight edge, a veneer saw, and a
piece of veneer (the veneer saw is not shown in the
To use the filetti guide, slide the
guide against the veneer so that the veneer is in
the rabbet selected. Here, I'm using the 1/16"
Then, carefully slide the straight
edge against the filetti guide. You want the veneer
to remain fully in the rabbet on the filetti guide.
Next, remove the filetti guide. The
amount of veneer protruding from the straight edge
is the size of the rabbet selected - here it's
Use your veneer saw to cut off the
piece of veneer. I find that if I tilt the veneer
saw slightly I get a better cut. The amount of tilt
shown in the picture is excessive - I was trying to
take the picture and hold the saw at the same time.
Experiment until you find the best angle.
The result is an even width piece of
banding. The side of the banding that was against
the saw will be rougher than the other side. I
sometime pull the banding against a sanding block to
smooth the edge.
And that's all there is to it!
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