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.
The frame saw performed exceptionally well. With only a 1/4" deep kerf to follow, it tracks a line with ease. The speed of cut was surprisingly fast. When resawing (through an 8" wide 8/4 black walnut board) I was gaining at least 1 inch of depth per stroke. Which brings me to the length of throw, and is the most important distinction between the kits. At about 32" the saw plate was perfectly sized for a comfortable stroke.
Bad Axe wins out hands down. When it comes down to which I prefer, it's the Bad Axe kit. It's the right size and just performs the way I had hoped.
" They cut beautifully."
I bought the blade and hardware for the frame saw and the kerfing plane as a set from @badaxe6. they cut beautifully. I liked the idea of custom making a blade, but have had such good experiences with Bad Axe gear that I went that way.
Combined 'One-Sawyer-Roubo' Frame Saw & Kerfing Plane DIY Kits: $425 (includes pre-dimensioned wood and all metal components for both tools)
Developed the urge to try your hand at cordless resawing?
Then have a go at Bad Axe's interpretation of Andre Roubo's 18th century design, where a sawplate kept in tension by a frame follows a track created by a kerfing plane. It's the cordless method of resawing wood, which worked quite efficiently over 250 years ago, and works just as well now.
Bad Axe offers components and kits for both tools--and they'll make a great addition for your workshop, whether you purchase in kit format or the finished tool itself.
There is a lot of information on this page, so here are some quicklinks that will enable you to jump immediately to what appeals to your eye the most:
The Bad Axe Kerfing Plane with Adjustable Fence (finished tool) Coming Soon!
DIY Kit Contents and Overview:
Bad Axe now offers combined kits for both the Roubo frame saw and the kerfing plane, or separate components if you already have one of the tools. The lumber bundle and balance of hardware kit with sawplates are also sold combined with the hardware or separately for those of you who would rather source your own wood.
Bad Axe 'One-Sawyer Roubo' Frame Saw and Kerfing Plane DIY Kits.
Purchasing Metal and Wood ( for both tools)
Description: Everything you need to build both tools with pre-dimensioned lumber, both plates, fasteners, and balance of hardware kit. $425
Frame Saw pre-dimensioned lumber bundle
Frame Saw Handle Template and layout & Joinery Specifications
Frame saw hammer-set & pre-sharpened plate
Frame Saw Balance of Hardware Kit
Kerfing Plane QS Cherry Blank
Kerfing Plane hammer-set & pre-sharpened plate
Kerfing Plane Fasteners
Purchasing Metal only (for both tools)
Description: Purchase metal components only for the two-tool DIY Kits including both plates, fasteners, and balance of hardware kit. $275