a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
Mining. a deep cut a few inches high, used to undermine a portion of a coal or mineral seam.
the act of cutting or carving.
to make a kerf or kerfs in (a piece of wood, a coal seam, etc.).
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How to use kerf in a sentence
In the sketch the saw kerfs are shown at 45 degrees, right and left, and other angles and kerfs may be made where desired.Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
A piece of thin saw-cut veneer is afterwards glued into the saw kerfs, and when dry the face is levelled off flush.Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
If both saw kerfs are taken from one piece and none from the next then one length will be 3⁄16″ shorter than the other.Farm Mechanics | Herbert A. Shearer
An excellent plan is to make saw-kerfs for mitres in the cleat of a bench-hook (Fig. 121), in the way just shown.Woodworking for Beginners | Charles Gardner Wheeler
You can cut this groove by making two saw-kerfs and paring out the wood between with a chisel.Woodworking for Beginners | Charles Gardner Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for kerf
the cut made by a saw, an axe, etc
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