A pair of new style Kerfmakers

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Project by ratchet posted 07-05-2011 02:06 PM 4970 views 43 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing the new style kerfmakers posted here by PaBulls & Mafe I thought that I needed one (or 2).

My older style one had the wingnut on the side and required constantly flipping to get a flat side against the fence and TS table. This style negates that.

The top one has a Sapele body with Pecan index end block, The bottom one has a Pecan body and Sapele index end block. Why did I make two you might ask? Well, I wasn’t satisfied with the ragged slot in the Sapele body. I drilled 2 holes then used the scroll saw to connect the holes. Not a clean way to do in this case. The tool works fine, but I needed to confirm to myself that this is not level of skill I am capable of (plus I thought a Pecan bodied one would be cool looking).

For the second try I used a 1/4 straight bit on the router table. End blocks were setup to limit travel and featherboard were used to hold the body to the router table fence. A much better slot im my opinion.

All Stainless harware used. None purchased as I had all on hand. Threaded inserts installed in the ends to permit a fine SS bolt to compensate for blade thickness.

Had to file down/sand the top for the screw turn to get it below the level of the ends, but thats ok with me.

The last pic shows the obligatory tight kerf’s possible w/o a single measurement or test. Tootsie included for size reference.

Please let me know what you think.

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 02:56 PM

Well done – I really needa make me some of these…

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 03:25 PM

Good job. You will enjoy using them. It’s always a good feeling to use nice looking tools you made.

Thanks for sharing.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 04:40 PM

I like this design. I made on of the other designs, with the wing nut on the side, but like this idea of not having it in the way. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 07:33 PM

Great job on these, beauty meets advanced engineering, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 11:09 PM

Very nice work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 07-07-2011 08:05 PM

Why didn’t you come up with these 6 mos. ago? They are so surperior to the one I built and I am running out of room for more. These are real nice.

Oh and Jack1…. That’s; measure once,... kill your mother in law.

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#7 posted 07-30-2011 02:49 AM

Much better than the old style, welcome to the club of kerf makers …..again.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 02-20-2012 03:46 PM

Need you to show me how to use it again. then maybe I’ll make one.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#9 posted 01-16-2014 09:34 PM

Those are very nice, you need to make me one!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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