In November 2011, I began writing and building the furniture projects for my latest book, The Unplugged Woodshop- Hand Crafted Projects for the Home and Workshop.
Working with only hand tools, I realized that the process of dimensioning lumber was both cumbersome and wasteful.
I tend to purchase stock in the 4 to 8/4 range, and rarely ever use it in furniture or cabinet making applications at that thickness.
In the not so distant past, my only choice would be to resaw the stock using a panel saw, and/or bring it to dimension using hand planes.
After years of working wood this way, I decided to ask my friend, Mark Harrell if he could manufacture a frame saw blade for me. Following a few variations, we came to this configuration and off I went, dimensioning stock for both veneer work, and basic cabinet making and resawing applications.
Resawing with hand tools came with the same difficulties as sawing on a modern day band saw, and that was saw drift.
Even the finest band saws can have saw drift and the frame saw was no different. I needed to come up with a way of controlling saw drift.
Knowing that a saw blade would follow the "path of least resistance", I developed a tool to create this path before resawing.
Enter, the kerfing plane.
To say that a kerfing plane is a tool designed to saw a kerf around the perimeter of a board, before resawing would be statement the least it can do.
Yes, it will cut a kerf for your frame or panel saw to follow, but you can also use this tool for cutting rabbets, establishing shoulders on dados or bread board ends, sawing stringing and moldings, and yes, making a kerf for another saw to follow.
The combination of these two tools will change the way you work and think about working wood with hand tools.
And using what I'd consider to be the best saw blades available anywhere today, is a real game changer.
Tom Fidgen, Nov. 2013
Complete Kerfing Plane/FrameSaw plates with balance of hardware kit: $220 - $250 (Delivery: 1-2 weeks)
Tom Fidgen, that's who, author of bestselling Made by Hand. And I'm proud to call him a friend. For those of you new to working wood by your own sweat and a crisp steel edge should know this man, and what he has written.
Tom's most recent release, The Unplugged Woodshop, showcases a handful of projects that will challenge but not overwhelm you. He also delivers detailed plans to build your own kerfing plane and frame saw, THE solution for unplugged resawing.
And that's where Bad Axe comes in. I had the good fortune to work with Tom on the development of the sawplates for these great tools, and I now offer them for sale on this page. Specs for both plates come directly from the Tom's book.
Our plates for both kerfing plane and both sizes of frame saw plate are hammer-set by hand and filed razor-sharp for your immediate use.
You'll likely want fasteners for the kerfing plane, and I have them standing by in stainless slotted format. The choices reflected in the ordering menu allow you to buy the kerfing plate with fasteners, and both sizes of frame saw plates.
As of February 2015, we now offer balance of hardware kits that work with both our 25.5" and 31.5" frame saw plates. The balance of hardware kit may also be purchased alone by our customers who have already bought plates from us this past year. We're able to keep the price low at $35 USD by offering simple materials you may finish yourself for the look you want to achieve. Contents include: two brackets (with kerfs pre-cut), one of which is tapped for the 3/8" eye bolt, a 3" x 3/8" eyebolt, striker plate with fastening screws, and two u-bolts to secure the plate to the brackets. Again--this is a non-decorative kit priced low for function, but you may polish the hardware yourself and apply a quality cold-blue for decorative purposes to suit your personal aesthetic. Our favorite cold-blue product, which also may be applied like a hot-blue is Blue-Wonder Gun Blue.
"Which Frame Saw plate should I choose?" Go with the 25.5" x 2 x .025-gauge plate for dedicated fine requirements when working with rips no more than 6-7 in length of cut; the 31.5" x 2 x .0315-gauge plate will likely be your most versatile solution for fine to robust requirements beyond 8" & beyond.
Nothing like a video and step-by-step procedural explained by the author himself, however. Here are links to Tom's blog, where he'll walk you though the process of making these great tools:
Online Tutorials, by Tom Fidgen
"The combination of these two tools will change the way you work and think about working wood with hand tools"
--Tom Fidgen, Sep 2013
Now--where did I put those slabs of California Oak I was going to rip into 3/4" tongue and groove flooring . . . .?
All Bad Axe Tool Works Saws Feature the Following:
- Custom filing available at same price per request
- Bad Axe saw sharpening rates $15 nominal fee
- Highly-figured 19th-century patterned hickory handles, also available in cherry, walnut, maple & mesquite.
- Five handle sizes available: XS, S, R, L, XL
- Flush-face slotted sawbolts/nuts in three alloys and four finishes with a 13/16" deep-dish decorative medallion
- Firearms-quality hot-blued finish on traditionally-folded steel back
- Optional black or bright nickel carbon steel, brass, copper-plated and bronze saw backs
- Premium-grade Swedish Spring Steel, RC50-52
- Traditional hammer-set toothline
- Lifetime guarantee against all material defects
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