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.
Complete Kerfing Plane/FrameSaw plates with balance of hardware kit:
$275 (Delivery: 5 business days)
Developed the urge to try your hand at cordless resawing? Bad Axe offers two frame saw designs from the 18th Century's Andre Roubo, and his counterpart from the 21st century, Tom Fidgen. Both utilize the same concept originally developed by Roubo--a sawplate kept in tension by a frame designed to follow a track creacted by a kerfing plane--and Bad Axe offers components and kits for both tools--a great addition for your workshop, whether you upurchase in kit format or the finished tool itself.
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