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Project by Scott posted 04-09-2017 10:17 PM 848 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a kerfing plane which is used to cut a kerf around the perimeter of a board which then makes a nice guide for resawing with my frame saw

I used my old plow plane as a model, see the last photo. It had decoration on the arms, fence and arm supports so I tried to duplicate that on my arms, fence and bridle.

For the hardware I used stuff in my shop including using drill bits for the bridle guide posts.

Cut out the body and auger the handle and arm holes.

Cut the slot for the blade.

Use the treadle lathe for the arms.

Stair step the moulding profile with skew rabbit plane.

Moulding profiles finished with moulding hollow and round planes.

Stair step the corner of the moulding with saws.

Create the hollows and rounds on the corner with rasps.

Saw the bridle in half.

Glue the arms.

Ready to finish and bolt together.

-- Scott in North Carolina





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-09-2017 11:03 PM

Very nicely done and a WHOLE bunch of thought and labor went into it.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#2 posted 04-09-2017 11:42 PM

Beautifully made! Something you don’t see too often! Very nice!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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swirt

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 12:56 AM

I like the minimal hardware approach.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Carl_unplugged

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#4 posted 04-10-2017 04:39 AM

What all can one do with a kerning plane? It seems somewhat limited. I do appreciate the excellent craftsmanship.

-- Never pass up the chance to use a hand plane.

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 04:56 AM

Beautiful tool, Scott, impressively crafted! Am I seeing this correctly? You clamped the saw blade stationary and ran the body of the plane back and forth to create the slot?

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 04-10-2017 12:22 PM

This is a beautiful shop-made tool and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Scott

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#7 posted 04-10-2017 12:47 PM

Carl_unplugged, if you don’t have a band saw then this is great for making veneers or resawing boards, along with the frame saw. Beyond that you could also use it to cut rabbets, dadoes, and grooves.

CFrye, yes you are right, I clamped the saw blade in place at the right height and depth, then just ran the body back and forth to make the slot.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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Scott

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#8 posted 04-10-2017 12:51 PM

swirt, yes I agree, I didn’t want to buy a bunch of fancy hardware when I could make it all work fine with just plain fasteners. This project cost nothing since I used scrap wood and hardware from my bins, and I used an old frame saw blade that I didn’t need.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#9 posted 04-10-2017 02:45 PM

nice build

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#10 posted 04-10-2017 04:26 PM



nice build

- david38

Ditto

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#11 posted 04-10-2017 06:27 PM

beautiful piece of craftsmanship and function! Cheers!

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Carl_unplugged

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#12 posted 04-10-2017 08:07 PM

Gotcha. Thanks for the info, Scott. I think ill make one.


Carl_unplugged, if you don t have a band saw then this is great for making veneers or resawing boards, along with the frame saw. Beyond that you could also use it to cut rabbets, dadoes, and grooves.

CFrye, yes you are right, I clamped the saw blade in place at the right height and depth, then just ran the body back and forth to make the slot.

- Scott


-- Never pass up the chance to use a hand plane.

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#13 posted 04-10-2017 09:38 PM

Nice tool, good work. What did you do for a blade? Filed for Rip?
Thanks

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Scott

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#14 posted 04-10-2017 09:59 PM

Oldtool, I had a blade laying around that I wasn’t using that is 9 tpi rip. It was made for a 27 inch frame saw so I just cut it down to size.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#15 posted 04-10-2017 10:13 PM

Very very cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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