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Misc. Shop Stuff #60: It Might Be, It Could Be... A Kerfing Plane?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 06-06-2017 07:44 PM 1806 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been in love with the idea of having a kerfing plane for years at this point, but haven’t gotten one yet. I started a build out of pecan but that stopped because I didn’t have the taps for threading the rods. There were posts and activity on adapting a #55 multiplane for the job, but those planes are too expensive to be used as one trick ponies. Then a Facebook plane group talked about a buy of Chinese (or Indian? I don’t recall) knock-offs of the Record line, to include a kerfing blade/cutter, but after sending in my contact info there was nothing more forthcoming on it.

Then, as I walked through rows of “antique decor and ideas” vendor displays at a local event, I spotted this beast:

It was overpriced a bit, but complete in the right areas (tote, rods, fence). Maybe with the addition of a strip of saw blade (and I’ve got plenty of donors for that) it could become the kerfing plane of my dreams (KPOMD? Nah… anyway) and fill the resewing void I’ve experienced since, well, since whenever.

Well, the answer is still “maybe,” as I’ve not done much beside disassembly and a bit of repair thus far. Big ole screws holding the fence, and they turned with a bit of elbow grease!

Only the back portion of the center skate remained, and was removed pretty easily as well.

I’ll do some cleanup and light sanding of the whole thing and post more pics, but that’s all the progress I’ve made on the tool. Will it get further attention, or land on the scrap heap of kerfing history (like my pecan-shaped plane of ‘15)? I don’t know, we’ll discover that together.

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UPDATE #1
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Here’s a close up pic of the fence’s support strut after rebuild. You can see the remnants of a nail hole in the curved section that’s now been glued up and smoothed out. Also re-cut the arched portion a bit (see the bandsaw marks that haven’t been fully removed yet) because the fence shrank but strut didn’t. There was an overhang of the strut between a 16th and an 8th that had to go.

I also had to adjust those struts for square, specifically the parts that touched the fence. Because after cleaning and re-assembly I had a fence that was anything but square to the sole of the plane.

One of the struts is a bit ‘longer’ than the other too, so the fence doesn’t sit parallel to the sole ‘depth wise.’

Both of those issues were addressed with a quick pass through at the table saw. Finally, there’s work to do with the main body of the plane to close up the wood that’s missing behind the tote.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 06-06-2017 08:03 PM

I’m in. Which activity most often spurs your desire for a kerfing plane?

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 06-06-2017 08:05 PM

Cool, I look forward to watching it Smitty. I’ve been wanting one more and more myself. I’ve also been thinking about making one, as I do have a thread and tap set for 3/4” dowels, but haven’t yet dialed it in to work well.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#3 posted 06-06-2017 08:19 PM

I don’t resaw often, but when I do it means losing a bunch of material to the wide cut made by my table saw. And I need to do that so my Craftsman bandsaw cuts straight. So, in a very hybrid way, if I could get a decent kerfing plane there’s be improvement in resawing and I’d also be a step closer to hand-sawing altogether. If I wanted to. :-)

Sounds good, Mos. Here’s to possibly providing something of value to you along your build path.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 06-06-2017 08:28 PM

I’ve done something similar when resawing by hand, except I used the 1/8” cutter in a #45 to plane a groove that I followed. Similar amount of waste, though.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#5 posted 06-06-2017 09:00 PM

Now this is worth the wait Smitty-san. In the words of Ross Perot, I’m all ears!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 06-06-2017 09:07 PM

Kerfing planes seem to be all the rage lately. Off to a great start.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 06-06-2017 09:36 PM

Looks like it will work fine. The path for the Luban 043 to the US seems to have dried up.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 06-07-2017 03:32 AM

Hope this build yields fruit for you Smitty, and fun for us as well.

Re Bandsaw tracking: I’d never really thought of the uses of a meeting saw. This certainly makes perfect sense.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#9 posted 06-07-2017 03:55 AM

Smitty. Just throwing this out there. Ignore me if necessary.

Ever thought about using a circular saw blade to make a kerf for resawing?

I know. Heresy :) but just a thought.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 06-08-2017 06:54 PM

I’ll be watching this one too, looks like a great project and something to learn with.


The path for the Luban 043 to the US seems to have dried up. – WayneC

Is this confirmed? I heard it can be asked for through Woodcraft, but I haven’t tried it myself.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#11 posted 06-08-2017 08:05 PM

At least getting them directly from the UK. I was not aware Woodcraft would import them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 06-08-2017 10:44 PM

Fridge, it’s what I do currently. But for thinner donor stock it takes way too much material. Trying to optimize.

Edit: and on thin stuff is kinda dangerous without a ZCI

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 06-08-2017 10:51 PM

Very cool Smitty.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 06-12-2017 09:12 PM

See Update #1 above.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#15 posted 06-12-2017 09:14 PM

Thank you.

-- ~Tony

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