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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Make Your Own Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

Course Overview

"How did I ever do without this?” Be the proud maker and user of an essential woodworking tool: the kebiki, a Japanese marking gauge. Rather than scratching a sharpened pin across wood fibers (the tool most often used for scribing in Western woodshops), a kebeki slice the fibers, which increases accuracy and provides a register for the chisel edge and saw teeth. They can be used in the proper layout of mortise and tenon joints, and for cutting thin wood stock and leather. Students will complete one gauge, and have the knowledge to make another on their own. Sharpening, layout, and proper use of the tool will also be covered.

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