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The Kerfing Plane Part One

February 26, 2014

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Necessity is the mother of invention[/inlinetweet]  ( Tweet that ! )

And here we go !

I’m really excited to begin a new video series with you today-

this time it’s the Kerfing Plane, a tool I invented during the course of writing my last book, The Unplugged Woodshop.

If you already have my book, you’ll know exactly what this tool was designed for;

if you’ve already made a kerfing plane for yourself,

you’ll know that cutting a kerf around the edge of a board, is the least this tool can do.

A fixed fence model in use.


In a nutshell, the tool was originally designed to cut a kerf around the perimeter of a board before re-sawing.

Knowing that a saw will follow the path of least resistance,

I needed a way to create this ‘path’ for the purpose of eliminating saw drift.

This version of the plane is the fixed fence model.

( my book also shows you how to make an adjustable fence version )

The fixed fence model has a dedicated off set, ( the distance from the saw plate to the fence ) so it can only do one job.

In this case, its job is to cut a kerf at 1/8-in. from the face of a board to a depth of about 1/2-in.

This kerf creates ‘a path’ for a saw blade to follow, thus making resawing tasks much more reliable and accurate.

This model was specific for resawing shop made veneer and it works exceptional well.

As you’ll see in the video, there is very little material needed, and you can easily make a basic version of this tool in a weekend.

My good friend, Mark Harrell, at Bad Axe Tool Works, is now offering Kerfing Plane saw plates and fasteners.

The specs are the same as the book, so you’ll be able to make your own versions of the plane exactly as I designed it.

I’ll break out some further details in later posts but for now, enjoy the first installment of the Kerfing Plane.



The two songs in this video are from my Beyond Before CD, and were recorded with Douglas September on Roxton Road around 2002.

Douglas played a transistor radio and created live loops off the floor as the song was recorded.

The first song, ‘all the wrongs for missing rights’ was written one night in New York City sometime around 1999.

I was taking a taxi through the lower East Side, on the way back to my hotel.

As the cab approached the inner-section, I noticed a large man wearing only a ballerina too-too,

standing in the middle of the street directing traffic.

My car slowed as we approached, to drive safely around him.

He was grinning ear to ear, and didn’t seem to notice, as another vehicle came rushing through the inner-section.

As I watched out my window, and before he could wipe that perfect grin off his face,

he was struck by the oncoming vehicle and fell down dead.

When I got back to the hotel, I wrote the song.

The second song, ‘these compromised bruises of opportunity’ and was written while I was still in high school.

Some of the tools used in the video are:

Bevel-Up Jointer Plane

 Steel Straightedge

Precision Double Square

Large Shoulder Plane

Skew Rabbet Plane

Bad Axe Backsaws

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