Is this a 'kerf starter'?

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Forum topic by steveinaz posted 06-26-2017 06:05 PM 1317 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2017 06:05 PM

I question my identification because there is no fence or a place to attach one. If possible, I would also like to know the manufacturer. There are no markings on the tool. Thanks for the help.

-- Steve in AZ

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 06:09 PM

Stair saw. Can be adjusted for depth of cut.

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#2 posted 06-27-2017 10:51 AM

It’s called a stair saw, but is basically used for cutting dattos. Stair builders used them when they cut the treats in by hand tools.

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#3 posted 06-27-2017 01:33 PM

It must be real early in the morning. Spell check wouldn’t have helped above.

I’m wondering why that handle hasn’t broken at the narrowest point. I have a couple Disston hand saws I bought new in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Handles broke within 3 years….... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 06-27-2017 01:45 PM

Stair saw, I have one just like it.

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#5 posted 06-27-2017 02:18 PM

A Kerfing plane would normally have some form of a fence on it.

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#6 posted 06-27-2017 02:37 PM

Thanks guys. You learn something new every day.

-- Steve in AZ

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#7 posted 06-28-2017 11:44 AM

I have one similar also, I didn’t know what it was
till now.

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#8 posted 06-28-2017 12:16 PM

Got me thinking, what’s a Kerf Starter?

The Kerf-Starter looks like a knife but works like a scraper. It removes a shaving, leaving a kerf that captures your saw. Use it for laying out dovetails and other joinery. Like all scrapers, the Kerf-Starters need to be burnished occasionally for best results. You will find that a flat burnisher works best for this. You can use any hard and flat surface as a burnisher, like the back of a chisel for example, but you may want to consider adding one of our file-burnishers to your order as it was designed for Kerf-Starter maintenance.

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