Making elements of a new rosette design .
The veneers are Holly and Brasilian rosewood .
I cut the holly veneer with a Japanese hand plane . I cut the Brasilian with a Japanese mechanical plane ,
a machine with a stationary knife and a moving bed . Both were cut at 0.5 mm . I cut some of the holly at 0.8 mm .
It is not perfect veneer ; in professional cutting of veneer with a knife , something called a nose bar is used , which helps reduce tearout a great deal . No such device used here . But for my purpose here , it works fine , and the thickness is even .
The Japanese plane has a thick heavy blade of laminated steel , soft steel to take the shock of work , carbon steel with a hard temper to do the work .
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