I want to cover a wall with wood cladding, similar to this:

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However, these kinds of panels are as expensive, and I have access to a miter saw, so I was wondering if it would be possible to just create my own.

My concern is mainly that of the saw not being able to cut a plank of wood into thin enough pieces successfully. These are usually 2-4-6-8 mm thick. Is that possible ?

  • At 2mm you want to make your own veneer. This will be prone to cracking and warping. How will you fasten it to the wall?
    – jay613
    Jun 15 at 20:40
  • @jay613 glue to plywood, bolted to wall
    – isebarn
    Jun 15 at 20:51
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    I dont have a miter saw, but I can get one, and it's faster to ask than to experiment
    – isebarn
    Jun 15 at 21:46
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    @JACK, I answered precisely because I've experimented in a great many ways over my life and career (and continue to do so). This is just a bad idea. Some experiments are much more likely to cost fingers than others.
    – isherwood
    Jun 16 at 12:50
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    The community deleted it since it wasn't really relevant to the question. (We're all mods.) Fair enough.
    – isherwood
    Jun 16 at 15:25

No, you cannot cut lumber like that with a miter saw. That's not what the tool is designed for. At best it'll be very difficult to accomplish. At worst it'll be extremely dangerous.

This isn't even a good job for a table saw. You'd have to cut from both edges to get enough depth with most (12") saws, and then you won't have a good back face or uniform thickness. It'll also be somewhat dangerous due to the short length of your boards.

The right way would probably be with a band saw and a good jig.

  • Definitely agree with the band saw, bought one way before getting a table saw.
    – JACK
    Jun 16 at 15:01

I'd use a table saw. I've successfully cut thin slices from 2x limber. You'll be "ripping on edge".

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The miter saw would require you to position the wood grain (and thus the length of the lumber) perpendicular to the back fence, with only limited ability to stabilize. You'll have to cut the wood in 10in pieces (or whatever your saw can handle in width), and then slice each piece. Slicing in the last 2 inches of the width will get very dangerous.

With a table saw you run the wood length-wise along the fence, on edge. The width of your strips will be limited to the height of the saw blade, so 3 to 4 inches wide. You can slice down to the last few mm (fractions of an inch) of the thickness of the lumber.


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