Best way to cut thin plywood


Best way to cut thin plywood

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I use my 4000 to "carve" names in 1/4 Luan.  I have a terrible problem with chatter regardless of the speed I am using to cut.  The area I am working on hangs just past the end of my work surface and I move it along as I get close to the work surface edge.  Is the free end of Luan hanging from the table edge causing the chatter or is the Multi-Purpose bit #561 too thick in diameter to cut such thin stock?

If I need to support my project better, are there any suggestions?  The names are about 6 inches in height, so there isn't a lot of room in the area I am cutting.  I am think of building a 12 inch by 12 inch "box" from 2x4s and laying the Luan on top of the box to provide support closer to the area I am cutting.

I would appreciate suggestions on supporting my work or which bit to use.  Thanks!

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  When trimming or cutting a design try this little trick. An old formica counter top works the best; like a sink cut out. Remove an area from the center all the way through the particle board like a window. 3" - 6" hole, but not too large of an area. Place your luan or panneling that you're going to cut over the hollow area. Lightly clamp down a couple spots to the counter top. When cutting out your area or design hold dremel & with free hand apply pressure on the plywood. This will reduce the chatter to a minumum and made your cuts smoother. If you have any questions contact me at ShortysOldWorldWoodShop.com

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You could build the box, clamp the Luan to the box, and then move the box. The Luan would be supported and you would still have flexibility to move it. The 2 x 4's would help reduce chatter just by their weight.

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