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I received a letter from Aymeric, in France,  and really wanted to share it with you.

Aymeric recently completed his Kerfing Plane, following plans from my new book, The Unplugged Woodshop.

What I’m most exciting about in this version of the Kerfing plane, instead of using threaded screws for the adjustable fence,

Aymeric made a beautiful bridle system to hold the fence in place.

It’s great to see this version of the plane as I’ve been discussing a bridle fence system for my own Kerfing Plane,

with Ontario plane maker, Dan Barrett.

Dan makes traditional plow planes using a few bridle fence systems, and he and I have had a few discussions about this option.

I’m thrilled to see Aymeric using this system and am truly inspired to get cracking on my own.

Thanks again for sharing these pics Aymeric-

your Kerfing plane is truly an original piece of workmanship and art.

All the best~


Bridle Kerfing Plane

Bridle Kerfing Plane


Bonjour Tom!

So I finished this morning my kerfing plane. The most challenging project I ever realized since I started woodworking a year ago. I put the bar very high by choosing the bridle system, but after seeing Derek Cohen plough plane, I couldn’t resist!

Plane body and bridle is quatersawn cherry, fence is also cherry but from a different tree and has a quatersawn jatoba insert, arms are urunday. Since I don’t have a lathe, I had the arms turned and tenoned by a professional turner. Everything else was made by hand except for the drilling as I was not yet confident enough in my skills to drill square with a handbrace. I shaped and sharpened the saw plate at 8 ppi rip with 10° of negative rake.

I did a few test runs, the plane worked flawlessly along or across the grain. It’s a joy to use!

I enjoyed every minute of the build that I started late in January, it almost consumed me, it was the project of no return, if I had failed I would have think twice before moving forward in my woodworking hobby, but now there is no looking back! well I also like to challenge myself :-)

I learned many new things, every step was double or triple checked, some steps like the shaping of the arms was practiced on a piece of dowel before using the urunday. I had to take several deep breaths at different stages of the build, in particular the gluing of the arms, for which I used hot bone/tendon glue, the glue “gelled” so fast that you have to heat the parts before assembly.

All in all I am very happy with my plane! Next is the frame saw!

Thank you Tom for your tutoring through your videos, blog posts, books and… music!

I hope to meet you in person one day!

Kind regards from France



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