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Project by balidoug posted 05-09-2018 02:06 AM 872 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another kerfing “plane” from Tom Fidgen’s “The Unplugged Woodshop”. Teak, with a beeswax+BLO finish. Hardware from Badaxe.

I’ve a big project coming up for herself in the fall and will need to resaw some cherry. Am hoping this helps. The teak is heavy, but fits my hands nicely. A trial on some cedar scraps suggests it should serve well, but I did encounter a lot of chatter on the early passes. I suspect practice will improve this, but meanwhile have any of you who have worked with the tool had similar experiences?

A note on the screws: This was my first effort using Grizzly’s Tap and Die. Am very happy with the tool. However, Fidgen recommends soaking the dowells in BLO before cutting the threads. I missed that advice on earlier readings, but found it later. It makes a world of difference.

Made by hand

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 05-09-2018 10:18 AM

Very, very nice. Welcome to the club! Kudos.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 05-09-2018 10:32 AM

Mine will chatter when I’m getting it started. I find that if I start, similar to a plough plane, with short strokes near the end, and legthen the strokes coming back toward the beginning, that helps. I also pull the (western style, cut on the push teeth) back a few times to get the kerf started which will diminish the chatter when I start pushing. Some pieces of wood just seem to want to be contrary, though.

Oh, a little wax on the fence can also help if you haven’t done that recently.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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swirt

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#3 posted 05-09-2018 01:08 PM

Very nice.

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

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daiku_padawan

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#4 posted 05-09-2018 05:39 PM

Nice work. I have the Bad Axe kit for the frame saw and kerfing plane. Nice seeing examples like this one to get an idea how it goes together.

-- ~Daniel

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#5 posted 05-09-2018 08:11 PM

This is a nice shop made plane.

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

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Steve_In_MN

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#6 posted 05-09-2018 09:07 PM

Looks great! Nice job.

I’ve also had the same learning experience regarding soaking dowels in BLO before cutting threads.

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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balidoug

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#7 posted 05-10-2018 12:46 AM

Thanks, everyone for looking.

Thanks, Ron, your’s was an inspiration.


Very, very nice. Welcome to the club! Kudos.

- Ron Aylor


Mine will chatter when I’m getting it started. I find that if I start, similar to a plough plane, with short strokes near the end, and legthen the strokes coming back toward the beginning, that helps. I also pull the (western style, cut on the push teeth) back a few times to get the kerf started which will diminish the chatter when I start pushing. Some pieces of wood just seem to want to be contrary, though.

Oh, a little wax on the fence can also help if you haven’t done that recently.

- Dave Polaschek


Dave, thanks for the boost of confidence. I hoped the chatter would go with practice and improved technique and will give your advice a try next opportunity. The wax finish is still drying, but i’ll remember to keep the fence “greased” when in use. Thanks.

Nice work. I have the Bad Axe kit for the frame saw and kerfing plane. Nice seeing examples like this one to get an idea how it goes together.

- daikupadawan


Daiku, It’s an interesting and different project. look forward to seeing your results.


Looks great! Nice job.

I ve also had the same learning experience regarding soaking dowels in BLO before cutting threads.

- SteveIn_MN

Steve, Glad to hear i’m not the only one. I was really surprised at the improvement, and pleased.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#8 posted 05-10-2018 01:26 AM

Very nice! I’ve thought about building one of these a number of times.

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 05-10-2018 09:00 AM

Dave, thanks for the boost of confidence. I hoped the chatter would go with practice and improved technique and will give your advice a try next opportunity. The wax finish is still drying, but i’ll remember to keep the fence “greased” when in use. Thanks.

You’re welcome! The angle I’m pushing at affects the chatter too, and one of the things I’ve been slowly adjusting on my kerfing plane is the hang of the handle. I’ve been moving it more shallow (by reshaping the handle) and the chatter got better until it got much worse. Since my kerfing plane is a fixed-fence model, now that I’ve zeroed in on an angle that works for me, I’ll probably make another with the better angle baked in. Once I’m happy with that, I’ll convert the original one to an adjustable fence.

Also, my existing one is the Bad Axe kit blade, which I think is filed 7 or 8ppi, and my new saw blade is a 10 ppi. It’ll be interesting to see if that’s enough to make a difference. I have more trouble with chatter on softer woods, so the higher pitch might help.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 05-10-2018 10:32 AM

Thanks, Ron, your s was an inspiration.

Thanks. I hope you get as much mileage out of yours as I have from mine. May I assume a frame saw is next?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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balidoug

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#11 posted 05-10-2018 12:50 PM

Not next, but perhaps next year.

Thanks, Ron, your s was an inspiration.

Thanks. I hope you get as much mileage out of yours as I have from mine. May I assume a frame saw is next?

- Ron Aylor


-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 05-10-2018 12:59 PM


Not next, but perhaps next year.

- balidoug


I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#13 posted 05-12-2018 05:21 PM

Super nice plane, fine work.
I have to make one, one of these days.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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