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Axe restoration thread

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

  1. Multifaceted

    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    It's a little on the big side for Single Bits, but not by much compared to other American patterns I'm used to. Definitely cannot buy a handle for this at the Hardware store here, would need to be custom made or special order. Here are the eye dimensions on mine, hope this helps!

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  3. Multifaceted

    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    NCPT Love my saws

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    That is an excellent fit, nice.

    Done the axe this weekend and just finished the bush axe tonight. Brushing up because I got two I'm putting together for xmas gifts....one for my poppa and one for my buddy that gave me most of these heads.
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    NCPT Love my saws

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    Here's the bush axe before and after, I had to round the bottom of the edge because of a split.
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  6. NCPT

    NCPT Love my saws

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    Here's a hatchet I did yesterday.
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    H-Ranch ArboristSite Guru

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    A buddy asked me if I could make a few ax throwing targets for him and this is what I had available. 18" pine and 21" maple rounds all about 6" thick. Any suggestions for the best target wood and other criteria? 20181215_170147.jpg
     
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  8. Philbert

    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    I would think that you want softer wood; don't want the flying axe to glance off. Might want to put a ring of steel banding around the perimeter (back several inches from the front edge), to keep it from splitting?

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    H-Ranch ArboristSite Guru

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    I was thinking just thicker to prevent splitting but you make me think maybe a ratchet strap would work at least during throwing without much risk to the ax.
     
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    I use Black Walnut slabs. If I cut rounds for others I like to use Tulip Poplar about 6 inches thick by 30" round.
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  11. al-k

    al-k cuten wood

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    Looking at the fence you have mist a couple of times.
     
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    yep
     
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    Lowhog ArboristSite Guru

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    Found this hewing axe today in my travels marked Phila tool company. Hand forged or forged with a power hammer for sure. single bevel on the right side so I'm guessing right handed starting on the left end of a log. Heads a little loose I'll drive the wedge a little bit and give it a soaking in blo. Some dingy sharpened the edge with a disk grinder, I'll fix that up also. Not sure of the age. DSCN5394.JPG DSCN5396.JPG
     
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    Lowhog ArboristSite Guru

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    Looking good! DSCN5399.JPG DSCN5402.JPG
     
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    well, i'll be darned! another swell thread... I had no idea existed. will ck out all the restoration work when I get a chance... lil bit later. i have maybe a dozen axes, maybe bit more... I like axes quite a bit. double lumberjack specials... all the way down to the lowly, but infamous... camp axe! some better than others. :) I have had some of my axes over 40 years... and have many of then restored or in process... one way or another. film at 11:00!



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    I read somewhere that the single edged hewing axes, with the diamond ears on top and bottom, where made so the head could be flipped over, making them right or left handed.
     
  17. Lowhog

    Lowhog ArboristSite Guru

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    I never thought of that.
     
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  18. Multifaceted

    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

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    +1 I've heard of this as well.
     
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    Lowhog ArboristSite Guru

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    I can't find a thing on Philadelphia tool company.
     
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  20. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    Well ,
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    That was my favorite maul :(
    So a stop in at LeeValley and I picked up a replacement haft . I found it quite reasonable at 22$ .
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    The drill was my friend :)
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    The fit on the replacement haft was quite good out of the box .
    Here if is on the first run in .
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    After just a bit of woodfile work
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    So a bit of work with my trusty SwissArmy and all the varnish is gone , I'll oil it up over the next couple of days .
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