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: $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.

Complete 31.5" FrameSaw Plate with balance of hardware kit & Kerfing Plane Plate with Fasteners.

Price: $250

Contents include:

- 31.5" x .0315 frame saw plate (jointed, hammer-set & sharpened)

- Balance of Hardware Kit

- 10" Kerfing Plane plate with fasteners

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. Balance of hardware for the frame saw and fasteners for the kerfing plane plate are included in the comprehensive package represented for sale on the right. All you have to do is cut and form the wooden components.

The balance of hardware kit includes:: two brackets (with kerfs pre-cut), one of which is tapped for the 3/8" eye bolt, a 3" x 3/8" eyebolt with nut, striker plate with fastening screws, and two u-bolts to secure the plate to the brackets.We have recently begun powder-coating the brackets in mil-spec black, but you may polish the rest of 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.

Bad Axe originally fielded the 25.5" frame saw kit with kerfing plane plate & fasteners, followed by the 31.5" plate & kerfing plane in .0315-gauge format. After much discussion with Tom, we have come to realize that the 31.5" kit represents the sweet spot when it comes to throw--that is, how to comfortably resaw your stock as a one-man operation. Anything longer is either underutilized, or it moves into a two-man resawing operation. Moving the opposite direction in sizing, we have also come to realize that the 25.5" plate is no longer necessary, because the 31.5" plate again presents a throw most attuned to the human physique. We are therefore discontinuing the 25.5" plate.

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

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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