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

Complete Kerfing Plane/FrameSaw plates
— with balance of hardware kit

$295 (Delivery: Ships within 10 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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Do-it-yourself Kits for making your own frame saw and its companion tool, the kerfing plane with adjustable fence

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Frame Saw and Kerfing Plane DIY Kit

Description: You supply the wood, and we'll provide all metal components for both frame saw and kerfing plane kits. $295 (reg), $315 (long).

Contents Include:

  • Frame saw DIY Kit with hammer-set & pre-sharpened plate, balance of hardware kit, template, & joinery instructions.
  • Kerfing Plane with Adjustable Fence DIY Kit with hammer-set & pre-sharpened plate, balance of hardware kit, template, & joinery instructions.

Individual DIY Kits

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Size Long frame saw kits NOW AVAILABLE!

Who'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.

And that's where Bad Axe comes in. Tom and i worked together in 2013 to develop the sawplates and balance of hardware kits for the frame design Tom wrote about in 'The Unplugged Woodshop.' Bad Axe has since then developed a pattern for a Roubo-Styled frame saw and a kerfing plane with an adjustable fence. Regardless of which design you choose, these are great tools that achieve the same end: resawing wood into the dimension you seek.

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 jam nut, striker plate with fastening screws, and two u-bolts to secure the plate to the brackets.

Bad Axe originally fielded the 25.5" frame saw kit with kerfing plane plate & fasteners, followed by the 30.5" plate & kerfing plane in .0315-gauge format. After much discussion with Tom, we have come to realize that the 30.5" or the optional 36.5" plate represents the sweet spot when it comes to throw—that is, how to comfortably resaw your stock as a one-man operation. For those of you standing above 5' 10" or who simply prefer the desirable longer throw, we also offer a size long 36.5" plate.

Both Tom's Design and the Bad Axe Roubo design are interchangeable with these DIY kits. You supply the wood, and Bad Axe will take care of the plates and hardware.

Would you rather purchase separate components? Bad Axe offers that as well in the purchase block to the right..

How to select between the two frame saw sizes: Generally speaking, size regular for those standing 5' 9" or below; size long for those of you standing 5'10 and above. But like anything else, this is strictly a matter of one's reach and comfort zone. I am personally 5'10" and usually reach for the size long, so these guidlines are not carved in stone.

Introducing the 'Plate 278' Frame Saw Hardware Kit

"If Andre Roubo were alive in today's hand tool market, how would he modify his frame saw design for a one-person operation, and how would he take advantage of 21st century production techniques?"

From "To Make as Perfectly as Possible:
Roubo on Marquetry"
(Lost Art Press)

The Kit: We began offering our KPFS balance of hardware kit eighteen months ago to accompany our frame saw and kerfing plane plate sales based on Tom Fidgen's baseline, no-nonsense design illustrated in his excellent book, The Unplugged Woodshop.

And what resulted was exactly that: a budget-conscious, workable balance of hardware kit that gets the job done, which frees up the user from sourcing materials locally and making what can be a pretty challenging hacksaw cut that oftentimes drifts off square and making a much wider kerf than what the plate itself requires.

Then we took a look at the original hardware Andre Roubo designed in plate 278 from Roubo's "To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry" (Lost Art Press), and asked ourselves. . . .

"If Andre Roubo were alive in today's hand tool market, how would he redesign his frame saw design for a one-person operation, and how would he take advantage of 21st century production techniques?"

With that imperative firmly in mind, we decided to do two things: we modified Roubo’s original design from a two-man 48" saw, to a one-man tool with 30.5" plate or a 36.5" plate for the kind of resawing approach Tom Fidgen envisioned in The Unplugged Woodshop. In so doing, we upped the ante in keeping with Bad Axe's mantra that form follows function at the highest possible level. What follows is the dramatic result:

Where 18th Century Design meets 21st Century fit & finish

We completely overhauled the entire hardware kit to make it stronger, accurized and corosion-resistant. In short—we wanted the brackets, eyebolt, retaining u-bolts and striker plate & screws to look like the vintage hardware Roubo originally forged, while leveraging today's superior manufacturing & finishing techniquess. Here are the new specs:

  • Thicker Tensioning Bracket Walls: We redesigned the plate tensioning brackets with 3/16" thick walls, constituting the strongest, most durable frame saw plate tensioning bracket available in the market today.
  • Accurized Kerf: The new brackets are pre-kerfed by CNC to achieve precise width & depth, with absolutely no slop or drift: our CNC'd approach achieves dead-nuts accuracy with no guesswork or chance that you will veer off square when making the cut by hand. The kerf itself is has an exacting width tolerance between .032 /.035—less than the variance of a human hair.
  • Professional finish:We promote a strong visual appeal by grinding the carbon steel brackets free of machining marks, followed by bead-blasting to deburr the edges and maintain a consistent surface texture. We then apply a professional-grade black-oxided finish for corrosion-resistance, and to present a nicely matched look with the shouldered eyebolt.
  • The eyebolt rocks: We source our drop-forged and black-oxided eyebolt (lift-rated to 1000 pounds overkill) from one of Wisconsin's very own: Green Bay Drop Forge, whom you have correctly surmised share a home with the Packers ("Go, Green Bay!). Even Yvonne (Bad Axe Co-Owner, CIO/CFO and my better half who was born and raised in Duluth, MN, and as such is a die-hard Vikings fan) agrees with this move. A 3/8-16 brass jam nut accompanies the bolt, to reinforce thread count engagement for bombproof plate tensioning, which at the same times adds a subtle decorative flourish.
  • Beefier striker plate, U-bolt retainers and black-oxided slotted head screws: Our remaining components constituting the striker plate and U-bolt sawplate retainers are also made here in the US. We’re black-oxiding the U-bolts in carbon steel, and have developed a thicker striker plate in stainless for strength and wear-resistance.
  • Our kerfing plane and frame saw plates themselves remain sized for a one-person operation while promoting optimal throw in the cut. We hit the sweet spot with those long ago after much research and development with Tom as he was writing The Unplugged Woodshop. Our 30.5" design provides maximum amount of throw without making a saw requiring a two-person operation, or by short-changing the average throw with a shorter saw (which brings no added value).
  • The frame saw plate now consists of American-smelted, corrosion-resistant Blue-Tempered 1095 Spring Steel: One minor but important change to the frame saw plate itself consists of our slection of'Blue-Tempered' 1095 alloy spring steel smelted and temperedat an Ohio foundry right here in the USA. Given the length and expanse of the plate, we have decided to go with the corrosion-resistance that the blue-tempered brand offers over other manufacturers. It doesn't hurt that the deep, niter-blued oxide is pretty easy on the eyes as well. Those of you who prefer a bright-polished look may wipe down the plate with gun-blue remover available at any gun store.
  • Plate Dimensions:
    • Frame saw plate:
      • Points per inch: 5 (per 25.4 mm)
      • Length: 30.5” (774.7 mm)
      • Width: 2 3/16” (55.56 mm)
      • Plate gauge: .032 (.812 mm)
      • Combined Set: .0415 (1.054 mm)
    • Kerfing Plane Plate:
      • Points per inch: 7 (per 25.4 mm)
      • Length: 10” (254 mm)
      • Width: 1.165” (27.05 mm)
      • Plate Gauge: .032 (.812 mm)
      • Combined Set: .0415 (1.054 mm)
  • As with any Bad Axe saw, our frame saw and kerfing plane plates are are uncompromisingly hammer-set and expertly sharpened to joint by hand. Attend one of our seminars, and we'll train you to hit our standard! But that's better explained on another page. . . .


All Bad Axe Tool Works Saws are highly customizable, and Feature the Following:

  • Highly-figured 19th-century patterned hickory handles, also available in cherry and walnut.
  • Three handle sizes available: Small, Regular & Large.
  • Flush-face slotted sawbolts/nuts in brass or carbon steel finished in optional black-oxide or niter-blue with 13/16" deep-dish decorative medallion.
  • Traditional Folded Carbon Steel sawback.
  • Standard black-oxided or optional titanium-nitrided (TiN)-plated finish on saw backs.
  • Premium-grade Swedish Spring Steel Sawplates, RC50-52.
  • Traditional hammer-set toothline, sharpened to joint.
  • Bad Axe saw re-sharpening rate $15 nominal fee.
  • Lifetime guarantee against all material defects.

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