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Re: Backing plates, what do you use?
Starboard, and cutting boards are not sutable for backing plates. The plastic they use is junk, and will deform under light compression loads applied for any length of time. I don't know who first thought of them, but it is a terrible idea.
The prefered is either a stainless plate, which should be available at almost any metal shop for a couple of bucks, or G10. G10 is a fiberglass board made under high pressure, and is extremely strong. It does tend to ruin blades, but bi-metal or carbide blades work ok. Just go slow since the board won't disperse heat like cutting into metal will.