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Axe restoration thread

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

  1. svk

    svk A little bit of everything

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    Pm sent. Happy to help if I can.
     
  2. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    If you'd have only asked a few months ago .

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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    The next resto project

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    Another 5$ Wetterlings , looks to be 3lbs .
     
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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    Here's a 5$ Wetterlings that I redid a couple of months ago .

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    about 2 1/4 lbs set on a 30" piece of hickory .
     
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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    That 2 1/4 Wetterlings head was set on a 13" handle , I managed to save it and rehandled a 1 1/4 Hults Bruks head .

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    You repeatedly find Wetterlings for $5? Jeez. I guess Nova Scotia is better hunting ground for such things than London, but blimey that's some going! Handle looks great btw.
     
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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    Thanks Neil , I believe that back in the day the Swede imports were like the Chinese imports of today but the difference was back then it was a quality product .
    I get most of my best handles from a Hultafors distributor , American hickory but manufactured in Sweden .
     
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    Looks good - Did you do anything to neutralize the acid? Rub some baking soda on it or wash with soap and water?
     
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    svk A little bit of everything

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    Just rinsed well with water then towel dried and immediately oiled.

    If you don't oil immediately it will rust again within hours.
     
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    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    Greetings, all:

    First time poster here, figured this would be the best thread since I'm a becoming a full-fledged axe junkie. Here are some of the projects I've completed this year, hopefully it is not too picture heavy... I have many, many more in the works.

    Mann Knot Klipper 4.25 lb Double Bit Western or Penn Pattern:
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    Council Tool Rockaway-Jersey 3.5 lb:
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    Shapleigh Hardware Co. Diamond Edge Lugged Single Bit:
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    svk A little bit of everything

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    Welcome to the site! Really nice collection you have!
     
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    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    Thank you kindly! These are just the ones I've restored, I have others that we use regularly around the property. I just dig vintage ones, restore them as gifts or to sell, but keep the ones I like. Cheers

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    H-Ranch ArboristSite Guru

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    Will you be my friend?

    Seriously - nice arsenal!
     
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    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    Sure, if you like old tools, cutting firewood, and razor sharp axes - then yes, we can be friends!

    Thank you! Some of my other axes in the arsenal that we use often are Council FSS Pulaski, Wetterlings Hudson Bay (personal favorite), and Helko Spaltaxt. Both Jerseys in my first post were gifts to old friends, but I've got a bitchin' one that I'm keeping for myself and will hang it on a 36" straight shaft (it's actually next on my list because I want to use it so badly).

    Here are some upcoming axe projects on deck:
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    From left-to-right and zig-zagging down:

    Collins Commander (Mann era) 3lb, Council 2.5 lb cruiser, Collins Legitimus 4 lb double bit Michigan, unkown 4.5" wedge bit, Craftsman 3.5 lb (Yankee?), Matchless 2.5" boys axe, Kelly Perfect 3.5 lb Jersey w/ Phantom Bevels (Oooh yeaaaah), Kelly Flint Edge Yankee (or is it a Michigan?), and last a Fulton 3.75 lb.

    I'm going to hang the Kelly Perfect Jersey next, then the Matchless boys axe and Collins Legitimus Double Bit are Xmas gifts for my brother-in-law. The Legitimus I'm going to hang on a 32" haft. After those I'll put a new handle and remove the paint on the Council cruiser because they are just freakin' cool, I'm keeping that one too like the Kelley Jersey. The Collins commander and Cruiser both have decent handles, but the hanging jobs are crap and have been "fixed" with metal step wedges... no me gusta. The Collins Commander only has an aluminum wedge that has been driven in too far. Not going to enjoy removing that...
     
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    Woodyjiw ArboristSite Operative

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    How's this for an early birthday gift from my fiance? 3$ at an estate sale. Best $3 she has ever spent!!!
    I'm thinking it might be a splitting axe but I'm not sure. It's heavy, thinking around 6#, I was comparing it to my 8# beater (sledgehammer).

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  16. Multifaceted

    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    Nice Plumb! Looks like a Connecticut pattern. About how much does it weigh?

    Edit: I see the phantom bevels now. Also, it appears to be more of a felling axe (doesn't mean that you can't split with it).

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    Woodyjiw ArboristSite Operative

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    Thinking around 6 pounds.

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    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    Whooo boy, that's a biggin' - nice find! Get that rust off, hang it on a new straight grain Hickory handle and put an edge on it!

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    Woodyjiw ArboristSite Operative

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    Thanks, just got it yesterday and I'm on the road to Colorado now. I'll get after it when I get back.

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    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    You need to reevaluate your priorities, man... (kidding)

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