- If the pieces are a very loose fit with significant gaps all round, check that you kept the knife in close contact with the template during marking and then follow that same knife mark during the subsequent cutting out.
- If the edges of the cut are chamfered (sloping) check how you hold the knife. Many people hold the knife as they would a pen, in a sloping position. You must learn to roll the wrist over to keep the knife blade square to the work to produce a square cut.
- If you are cutting small pieces, or tapered ends, reinforcing the veneer first with paper tape will help. Although the wood may still break up, the tape will hold the veneer together - careful handling will keep it together until it can be fitted and glued into final position. Do not remove the reinforcing tape until the glue has dried (15 minutes) or it will all fall apart!
- If you are finding it hard to see where you have traced the line through the window, a coat of paper tape makes the cutting line much more visible.
- If the wood appears to split easily, make sure that you do not use too much pressure on the knife to try to cut too quickly. This severs the wood along the fibres instead of cutting through them. It is better to use several controlled strokes with lower pressure on the blade.