Thursday, March 22, 2018

When a Plane is a Saw

This is a kerfing plane. I made it mostly for the fun of making it. What is a kerfing plane? Well, it's not really a plane at all. It's a special type of saw. The purpose of this tool is to create a saw kerf around the perimeter of a board that serves as a guide for resawing the board with a rip handsaw or frame saw. Kerfing planes are kind of the trendy thing with the unplugged woodworking crowd these days. Though this one functions just fine, I doubt I'll use it very often. Resawing on the bandsaw is much easier.

One of the things I like about making saws is being able to express myself artistically. Owning a tool is great. Owning a tool that is also a piece of art is even better. This is the only kerfing plane like this in the world. I call it The Black Swan. I hope you like it. If you want to read about how I made it, you can do that here.