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I want to cut V groves into a piece of wood that is laminated with 1/8 inch cork and I was wondering if the cork will cut smooth or pull apart. I want to know if it can be done before I destroy a piece.
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I want to cut V groves into a piece of wood that is laminated with 1/8 inch cork and I was wondering if the cork will cut smooth or pull apart. I want to know if it can be done before I destroy a piece.
Hi Johnny. My guess would be that it would pull apart...maybe someone on here has done it?

If not, and if you could do this with the workpiece, I wonder if clamping a thin board on top would prevent it from getting chewed up? Short of any other input, I think that's what I'd try.
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Depends on the denseness.
I have beveled edges of cork on board to make sanding blocks, never grooved any, though.

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Thanks guys. I guess Iím going to have to make a test piece to see.

I forgot about cork coming in different densities and now that you mention it, I do remember a bulletin board I once had that would fall apart if you looked at it wrong. That thing only lasted a week before it ended up in the trash.

This stuff I got looks like its pretty high quality and if Gene was able to bevel the edges on his, I think Iíve got a chance. Iím hoping that itís glued down evenly, which itís appears to be.

I saw this done once on a long wall with urethane coated cork to make it shinny. I donít know if it was manufactured 4x8 panels or if someone routed it during the installation but it looked pretty cool for what it was.
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Thanks guys. I guess Iím going to have to make a test piece to see.

I forgot about cork coming in different densities and now that you mention it, I do remember a bulletin board I once had that would fall apart if you looked at it wrong. That thing only lasted a week before it ended up in the trash.

This stuff I got looks like its pretty high quality and if Gene was able to bevel the edges on his, I think Iíve got a chance. Iím hoping that itís glued down evenly, which itís appears to be.

I saw this done once on a long wall with urethane coated cork to make it shinny. I donít know if it was manufactured 4x8 panels or if someone routed it during the installation but it looked pretty cool for what it was.
HI Johnny - If that one had a couple of coats of urethane on it before it was routed I think it would work. Makes the bits a mess to clean though.

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HI Johnny - If that one had a couple of coats of urethane on it before it was routed I think it would work. Makes the bits a mess to clean though.
I never thought about that. It was too long ago for me to remember much about the details.

I do remember that the wood underneath was a light colored wood, perhaps pine or something and I believe it also had urethane. I just assumed that they were sprayed. Actually I can’t remember if it were groves or T-slots. There were large paintings hanging on it and it could have severed as hangers.

The only reason that I remember the urethane was because they had track lighting with flood lights for the paintings and the walls looked so clean and shinny. I’m not fond of all wood walls because they look dirty to me.

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