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Axe restoration thread

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by svk, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. svk

    svk Firewood and Saw Collector

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    What do you guys think? Should we start a dedicated thread for axe restoration or keep posts in the splitting/chopping tool review thread?
     
  2. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The Best from here to the West

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    Yup , new resto thread .

    Here's a 3 1/5 lb 5$ yard sale find .

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    Now has a new 30" piece of hickory .

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    If you start a sticky might I suggest the first post be some of the manufactures to look for. Would be handy for those of us with little awareness of our axes
     
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    Yeah, I'd be interested, I'm working on a Kelly I found right now.
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  5. svk

    svk Firewood and Saw Collector

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    It would be up to the powers that be to make this a sticky.

    I have several name brand as well as others that only God knows the maker.
     
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    svk Firewood and Saw Collector

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    Ooh look at that grain!!
     
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    svk Firewood and Saw Collector

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    Here's 6 hours worth of vinegar bath on a very crusty head.

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    I only use a steel brush on an angle grinder. Finished in minutes with equal good results.

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    svk Firewood and Saw Collector

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    Pulled this out of the vinegar this morning (it was spotless grey) and washed it up and then dried it. Within an hour it had a skim of rust on it. I'll soak it one more time when the mail comes out then immediately rub with oil.

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    svk Firewood and Saw Collector

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    Also, thanks to whichever mod made this a sticky!
     
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    dancan Spruce , The Best from here to the West

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    It's hard to say which ones to go for , there's plenty of good axes out there that were unbranded , Gransfors Bruk for example made tons of unstamped heads for export .
    Best I can say is to stay away from anything that had a fiberglass handle and one that has been beat to death , the prices on the Bay seem a little high so I do the local yard/estate sales , local buy and sell ads and word of mouth to local pickers .
    I try to keep this hobby as cheap as I can , 5$ to 20$ for a head is reasonable to me and handles range from 5$ to 20$ for handles but the nice Scandinavian handles range from 20$ to 40$ .
     
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    dancan Spruce , The Best from here to the West

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    5$ hatchet

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    2$ hatchet on a 15$ handle

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    That 2$ head is unmarked , rough forged but well hardened and my instincts say Scandinavian but that's only a guess .
    Here's a 5$ 2 lb Hults Bruk on a yard sale find ash handle purchased for 1$ that was 5$ when new .

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    I've got plenty more hatchets and axes lol
     
  13. Homelitexl903

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    I think this is a great idea. I live in the state that was the axe making capital of the world at one time I think and have plenty of projects for the winter. I have already learned a few tricks I plan on using from smaller threads, so a dedicated thread will be useful.
     
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    dancan Spruce , The Best from here to the West

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    Don't forget to put up some pics and what you know about them
     
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    Homelitexl903 CAD...The struggle is real.

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    I plan on it. There is a guy a few towns up north I want to meet that is an axe junkie. Also a Maine axe historian is about an hour north from me and I will try to meet up with him when things slow down and share what I learn and take pictures.
     
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    dancan Spruce , The Best from here to the West

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    Sadly, I don't have a genuine Maine wedge in my small collection
     
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    My wife grew up next to my grandfathers farm. We found this old wedge among other things out back. It's the rusty odd shaped one
     

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    I agree with the new thread

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    Got the surface rust off and hit it with a coat of oil right away to prevent any additional rust.

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