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Project by RenaissanceMan posted 11-22-2015 05:35 AM 3250 views 21 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project post on here, I recently completed my bridle kerfing plane build. For more info on what a kerfing plane is, look here: http://www.theunpluggedwoodshop.com/the-kerfing-plane-part-one.html.

Take home message: it’s a plane with a saw blade to make a kerf for resawing purposes. I found resawing quite problematic with my panel saw wandering a lot (perhaps due to bad technique) and am hoping that the kerfing plane will make life easier.

I purchased a kerfing saw blade from Bad Axe Toolworks and looked at some old bridle plough planes for inspiration. Apart from a hand drill (I don’t have a drill press) I made this the “unplugged” way. I did wish I had a drill press though, it would have made drilling the holes for the arms of the fence a whole lot easier.

Body and fence is walnut, with added white ash on the bottom and the side of the fence for a bit of extra durability (and dramatic flair ;-)). Finish is two layers of boiled linseed oil, then superblond shellac and rubbed with 0000 steel wool and paste wax.

I took it for a small test ride on a bit of scrap and it went pretty good, I had to sand the brass fence arms to keep the fence from slipping, but after that it went like the proverbial hot knife through butter. I then used my panel saw to resaw my test piece and that went very well indeed, gone are the days of wooden boxes with wall thicknesses of an inch ;-)

Thanks for reading.





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TiggerWood

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 06:36 AM

Very nice. I was wondering why you were rambling on about some kerfing plane when I could swear I was looking at a plow plane.

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 06:47 AM

RM, that’s a beautiful plane you’ve made, thanks for posting!

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

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 08:32 AM

Do you have any pictures of the actual cutting part?

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 09:36 AM

Lovely, lovely plane!
Newer heard about that specifc use of a plane. Does it actually work to avoid the saw from wandering when resawing boards?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 01:16 PM

Really well done and welcome to LJ,s

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

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RenaissanceMan

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 01:35 PM

I made some pictures during the build that show more detail, I will try to do a blog this week about it, thanks for the interest.


Do you have any pictures of the actual cutting part?

- Ocelot


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#7 posted 11-22-2015 01:37 PM

Well it did so far when I tested it in a piece of scrap. I’m not planning on resawing wide boards (over 10”) but for anything less than that I’m hoping it will work fine, I’ll keep you posted :)


Lovely, lovely plane!
Newer heard about that specifc use of a plane. Does it actually work to avoid the saw from wandering when resawing boards?

- kaerlighedsbamsen


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#8 posted 11-22-2015 03:46 PM

RM, how does the thumbscrew work to secure the fence and prevent movement during use? I’m intrigued by this mechanical means to hold the fence in place.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#9 posted 11-22-2015 05:06 PM

That is a fine looking plane. A real quality looking piece.

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#10 posted 11-22-2015 05:20 PM

Hi Brad, the fence actually consists of two parts (upper and lower) connected by the thumb screw. When the screw is turned, it locks both pieces of the fence on the brass rods, thereby fixing it in place. I’m assuming that larger rods (diameter-wise) will provide an even more stable locking mechanism (due to increased surface and accompanying resistance) but so far I’ve had no trouble with slipping.


RM, how does the thumbscrew work to secure the fence and prevent movement during use? I m intrigued by this mechanical means to hold the fence in place.

- Brad


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#11 posted 11-22-2015 06:03 PM

It’s a very bright start here at LJ!

Nice tool perfectly executed.

Thank you for sharing!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#12 posted 11-22-2015 06:07 PM

This is a beautiful shop made tool. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#13 posted 11-22-2015 06:30 PM

Very nicely done, that walnut looks rally nice. Where did you get that brass thumbscrew and plate?

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#14 posted 11-22-2015 08:01 PM

Thanks Tim, the thumbscrew I got from Lee Valley, the brass plate I ordered locally at a model building store.


Very nicely done, that walnut looks rally nice. Where did you get that brass thumbscrew and plate?

- Tim


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#15 posted 11-22-2015 09:54 PM

The kerf plane looks great and a better idea than Fidgen’s wood screws. If you are having trouble with saw drift,
2 things, you maybe are gripping the saw too tight and that in and of itself causes drift, or your saw set may need adjusting. I am in the process of making a kerfing plane myself because I don’t own a bandsaw, and I need to be able to resaw . I have had the same drift problem, Most of it was in the set of my rip saw. Hope you keep up the good work.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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