Figure 15-11. Several layers of material can be stacked, fastened together temporarily and cut all at one time for duplicate parts.
Pad sawing-or cutting several layers of material at once-is a great way to save time when you need duplicate pieces for a project (Figure 15-11). You can also create special effects by stacking different types of woods and then mix-ing colors and textures during final assembly (Figure 15-12).
For pad sawing, transfer your pattern to the top piece and then stack as many layers as you need-up to 2" thick. You can hold the layers together temporarily with nails or brads in the scrap area, by taping around the outside of the stack, or with double-faced tape between each layer.
Figure 15-12. Mix woods of different colors and textures to create unique effects.
It's also a good idea to be sure the table and blade are square before starting the cut. Even a slight angle will result in finished pieces of different sizes.