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    Default Resawing by hand

    Well I never recommend anyone doing things the way I do, but I don't have a problem showing my methods off. This weekend I dug out a mahogany board from the 1960's that my dad bought for a boat project. It was a couple of metres long, tapered from 300 to 400 mm in width and was only 15 mm thick. My bandsaw was never gonna make it so I cut it with a frame saw. The trick is the first step, cutting a slot with a tool called the kerfing plane. Both that and the frame saw are the designs of Tom Fidgen, and the blades come from Bad Axe toolworks.

    I'll put a link to a blog post, but also a couple of pics here.

    http://www.argapa.blogspot.se/2015/0...rge-scale.html

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    I was thinking about doing some hand resawing. I think this just pushed me over the edge into trying it.

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    Go for it! It's immensely satisfying when it works.

    (Just don't blame me when your back and arms hurt in places you didn't know were there.)
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    Sven ! Thats a wonderful bit of workmanship and skill..I'm proud of ye.
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    Thanks, guv! I'm a bit proud meself.
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    Wow. That really is impressive and not easy to pull off... I could see how the kerfing plane would be key..... By the way, that frame saw is an ancient tool. Before there were sawmills here, the Russians used to use them to cut boards out of the massive redwood trees using a huge frame saw and a deep pit. One guy in the pit and one guy up above to cut perfectly dimensioned lumber.

    What was the final thickness of your plates? I'm guessing about 3 or 4 mm.

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    They are around 4 mm. I keep thinking I could have gone for four slices. But that would probably have left me with none!
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    I think this was an amazing feat
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    Sven, could you give us a pic of the business end of the kerfing plane please? I guess it cuts a groove to guide the frame saw blade.
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    Svenís blog for September2014 has another article on resawing.
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