In rotary slicing, a whole log is
mounted in a lathe and turned against
the blade and guide. Rotary cutting or
rotary slicing or peeling of a log produces a continuous sheet of veneer as
if the tree were a roll of paper being
unrolled. It is the most economical
method of slicing. Veneer sliced this
way varies in pattern as the slices cut
through the successive layers of
growth rings. For core grade and backing grade material, no matching is possible. However rotary ash, birdseye
and figured maple are rotary sliced, but
sliced into sheets and sequenced much
the same way as plain sliced veneer.
The rotary slicing is an alternative to
half round slicing in some species.
A rotary lathe in operation