Kerfing Plane
Saw Bench & Frame Saw
Saw Bench & Frame Saw
Saw Bench & Frame Saw
Saw Bench & Frame Saw












Complete Kerfing Plane/FrameSaw plates with balance of hardware kit: $220 - $250 (Delivery: 1-2 weeks)

Sizes.jpgSizes.jpgWho's got that unique blend of imagination, creativity, physical stamina and sheer guts, to work wood soley by hand, and show you how to do it in the ultimate cordless workshop?

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.

Labor Day Sale! Pick up our Complete Kerfing Plane and 31.5" Frame Saw Plates with balance of hardware kit, marked down from $250 to $200. Offer good now through Labor Day, 7 Sep 2015.
Complete Kerfing Plane Plate with Fasteners and Frame Saw Plate with Hardware Kit
Separate Components for Kerfing Plane & Frame Saw Kits

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 procedura
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

Kerfing plane online tutorial, Part One

Kerfing Plane online tutorial, Part Two

Kerfing Plane online tutorial, Part Three

Frame Saw online tutorial, Part One

Frame Saw online tutorial, Part Two

"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

Learn more about my material choices and rationale.

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