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Make Your Own Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

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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.


Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 10th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Tuition: $225.00
Materials fee: $35.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Fred Livesay
Fred Livesay
St. Paul, MN

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Make Your Own Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool - 3/9/2019