trivet.....kerfmaker in action

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Project by bake posted 10-20-2012 06:13 AM 6918 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this with the kerfmaker I posted earlier.
Made with scraps of white oak a friend had given me.
It took me a little bit to figure out how to use the kerfmaker for something useful and be able to locate the kerfs where I wanted them. But I finally figured it out using my Incra miter gauge and the saw fence.
I milled up the slats to the size that I wanted and then taped them all together in one bundle, I laid out the locations for the kerfs and cut the 1/2 lap joints all at the same time. The thing went together perfectly on the first try.
I used the router table with an 1/8” round over bit to knock off the corners and a little light sanding.
Finished with shellac.
The kerfmaker is an amazing tool. I got perfect joints the first try and every try.
Build or buy one, you can’t believe how bad you need one of these until you have used one.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#1 posted 10-20-2012 08:37 AM

I’m a little dense here. Is there a photo of the kerfmaker disassembled to components and also actually on the tablesaw? Trying to figure out exactly how it works. Need to make one, too.

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#2 posted 10-20-2012 12:17 PM

You can also cut the kerfs first out of one wide stock before milling the slats out. Then you know they will all line up.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 10-20-2012 01:41 PM

I got to tell you that I was unaware of such an animal…... So I did a google search and a kerf maker is quite the gadget. Looks like yours is right on the money too. I have made lots of eggcrate inserts for Jewelery boxes and such and this looks like it would really simplify this type of work. I think I will try my hand at making one.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 03:05 PM

Here is a link to a blog on how to use one that Mafe posted.
Also here is a link to a bunch of others.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#5 posted 10-21-2012 01:40 AM

I had made several kerfmakers when they were all the rage and honestly had forgotten about them until I saw this post. Yours is a particularly elegant model. Thanks for reminding us about this useful jig.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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