Fixed fence kerfing plane

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 08-20-2017 04:18 PM 17870 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back when I got my Roubo Frame saw kit from Bad Axe Toolworks, I also got the kerfing plane kit. I finally got around to finishing that this morning, and have put it to use.

With the kit you get a saw plate and a cherry board. Step one is cutting a hand-hold in the board. A couple different spade bits, some connect-the-dots with a coping saw, and some smoothing with rasps and files and I had that done (pictures two and three).

Next was cutting a rabbet for the fence. Two saw cuts, and a little cleanup with a rabbet plane, and that was done.

Since I’m mostly after 1/4 to 3/8 thick stock at the moment, I decided to make my fixed fence with a 3/8” kerf. So I clamped a couple 3/8×3/16 brass bars to the fence, and sawed right next to them with my pull saw. As it’s just barely long enough, I had to start the kerf on one end, other, and then bring down the middle until it was level. That’s the fourth and fifth pictures.

Drill a few holes, and put in the saw plate with the provided saw nuts (much easier said than done), and I had a completed kerfing plane, as shown in the first picture. The final picture shows a 1/2” deep kerf I cut in a poplar board to test things out. Looks pretty good!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 08-20-2017 06:30 PM

Forgot to mention that the top of the plane is completely unshaped at the moment. The tool works, and I’m calling it “done” but I’ll eventually carve a handle into the top of the plane. But not until I’ve used it a bunch and have figured out where my hands want to be. It’s entirely possible I’ll end up deciding the hand-hold at the back of the plane needs to be reworked, too. Time will tell. No point in “fixing” the tool until I know what’s wrong with it in its current form.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 08-21-2017 02:11 PM

Nice Dave. Not likely to see me re-sawing by hand but I’d definitely want one if I was!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 08-21-2017 02:17 PM

Yeah. I find that my cut will wander all too easily if I don’t have a kerf to follow. I’m sure it’s a technique thing that I’ll get better at with practice, but for now the training wheels are a big help.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 08-21-2017 02:18 PM

Very nice work.

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

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#5 posted 08-21-2017 02:27 PM

Nice work Dave, I have never been a hand tool fool, woodworking is for fun not work. LOL

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#6 posted 08-21-2017 05:57 PM

Good work, Dave. Now on to one with a movable fence!

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#7 posted 08-21-2017 06:30 PM

Eventually, Ron. For now, I’ve got a bunch of projects that need either 3/8 or 1/4 stock, so the fixed fence should give me plenty to keep busy with. I might build another with a different fixed fence before converting one to a movable fence. Depends how my wooden-screw-making project goes.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 08-21-2017 07:38 PM

Dave very nice, you seem to have more projects going than a full timer…

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#9 posted 08-21-2017 07:53 PM

Yeah, Gary. I started last October and had a couple months off, plus I have a very understanding sweetie. Also, part of the plan is that I want to have a pretty well equipped hand-tool shop by the time I retire, so I don’t have to buy tools on a fixed income. So I’m buying and building a lot of tools now. And between that and the swaps, I’ve got a lot to keep me busy and learning new stuff.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 08-24-2017 11:59 PM

First successful resawing using the frame saw and kerfing plane. I cut a 7×24x3/8 piece off a 7×24x7/4 piece of poplar. Only wandered about a sixteenth where the three saw cuts met up.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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