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Ive seen several books on this topic, and have tried my hand at it a few times but still can never get this right. Ive made a shooting board jig that ok, not great. Im just not a good jig designer. Anyways Im reaching out to someone who is good with veneer, and can take a piece, cut it, to make a diamond pattern with the grain.
 

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What do you use to cut the veneer? The two best options (for me at least) are a veneer saw and an X-acto knife.

With the X-acto, I use a metal straight edge on top of a self-healing pad (it's more for parquetry work - gaming boards, etc.) With the veneer saw, first thing to do is sharpen it and then use a 3/4" piece of lumber that's jointed dead straight as a guide. Always cut with the saw bevel on the waste side so you get a perfectly plumb cut on your good piece.
 

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Agreed, veneer saw needs sharpening. Paul schurch sells a dvd on it, but I think he tells you how to do it on his website for free. Pretty straight forward, involves file, ans water stone. A folding mirror will help you see what you wan't the end result to look like.

Paul schurch and silas kopf are masters with veneer. Look them up if you did't already know them.
 
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