I have no room for a bandsaw now so I need to resaw planks by hand albeit fairly small ones rather than the sort you can hardly lift. I’ve been trying various saws to resaw 3/4 or 4/4 pieces up to 8 inches wide and a foot or so long – but mostly smaller than that – with some success. I never seem able to quite manage a dead straight cut, though.
Elsewhere (i.e. not in the FWW website or magazine) I came across kerfing saws; also a kerfing plane (like a plow plane but with a short saw blade instead of a blade). Does anyone use such a saw to establish a kerf around the edges of a plank before resawing? Such a kerf (about 1/4″ deep at most) is said to steer the resawing saw down the intended line of cut. But does it actually work?
There are a couple of blogs and vids on the interweb in which someone makes a kerfing saw; but they’re very short on details. Should the kerfing saw kerf width exactly match that of the resawing saw, for instance? You would think so ….
Any knowledge of experience of kerfing saws will be gratefully received.