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  1. Muad

    Muad Well-Known OPE Member

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    Glad I found this thread. A member over on AS saw my posts about wanting to find some vintage axe heads to play around with hanging, and he sent me 10 axes!! Old Plumb, Kelly, Collins, Craftsman, True Temper/Kelly, Fulton, etc. To say I'm stoked is an under statement.

    I have one Kelly woodslasher (I think) that needs hung from the group, and I may redo one or two just to gain the experience.

    Looking forward to digging into the content you and others have posted up @XP_Slinger Now to source some handles ;)
     
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  2. XP_Slinger

    XP_Slinger They’re Just Saws

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    Very cool that he sent you all those axes. Can’t wait to see how your handles turn out
     
  3. Muad

    Muad Well-Known OPE Member

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    I have to find some first. Want to start with some ash.
     
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  4. ajschainsaws

    ajschainsaws Axes never run out of Gas GoldMember

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    it’s pretty much indestructible dense but shock absorbent and looks good
    Once it’s been oiled
     
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    ajschainsaws Axes never run out of Gas GoldMember

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    It came of a 8 x 4 sheet I usualy skil saw off a a 3” wide peice
    And get 1 x 36” 2 x 30” or 3 x 32”
     
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    ajschainsaws Axes never run out of Gas GoldMember

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    that’s a good one too start with
     
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    ajschainsaws Axes never run out of Gas GoldMember

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    yes your right you just gotta be careful what power tools you use
    I rough them out with a Dolmar and 1/4 “ carving bar
    Then bandsaw and blacksmiths rasp
     
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    You guys made me do it.
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  9. big_eddy

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    This started out with an unbreakable fibreglass handle
    Now it is ash.

    Not fantastic, but not terrible for a first attempt.

    I’m in trouble now. A quick look in the toolbox found 2 axe heads and 3 more hammers needing handles. :)


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    jakethesnake I Am The Snake

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    Nice tools man
     
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    RI Chevy Mastermind Approved!

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    Nice job
     
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    I plan to make a few axe handles. My first attempt at axe handles, I now have 4 hammer handles experience. Those were done in ash from a dry block.

    I want to use hickory for the axe handles. I have fresh hickory logs and a couple of 8” cants that I squared up 9 months ago that are now dry (and cracked in several places)

    Am I better to cut blanks off the cants (avoiding the splits) or off the fresh logs? Logs were felled a couple of months ago.

    Both are knot free and straight.


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  13. ajschainsaws

    ajschainsaws Axes never run out of Gas GoldMember

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    Looking good now you got the bug there’s no stopping now
     
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    Two (edit - 2 quickly grew into 4) questions.
    1) I have some dry hickory, and some that is still in log form. What is better to use when making handles. Fully dry to start, or green, then dry after the majority of the shaping is done.
    2) I also have ripped some planks of ash and also cherry. I like ash for hammers and shovels. I have a small (2lb?) axe head that I might make a handle for out of cherry. It will never be used for serious chopping. Anyone tried cherry before?
    3) For the wooden wedges, I was reading that some people like to coat their wedge in wood glue before inserting in the kerf? Good or bad idea?
    4) For Steel wedges, most of my older axes and hammers had flat wedges. Seems like round wedges are now common. Preferences ? Better, worse, or just different? Even needed?

    I've made templates of all my favourite handles. I clearly have the bug. Just need to find enough time between cutting and splitting to get the next one roughed out and going.
     
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    big_eddy Well-Known OPE Member

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    Had some time while I was watching water boil aka making maple syrup so I thought it was time for yet another handle. I don’t have a bench in the sugar house, so first up was somewhere to sit.
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    Then I ripped some strips of hickory. Very impressed with my new cordless circular. Ripped 3” green hickory without complaint and I made 4 40” cuts on the 4Ah battery and it was not depleted.
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    A bunch of draw knife work later
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    The first one ended up with a small knot where I didn’t like it so I made a second. They both still need some smoothing and then drying.


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  16. WKEND LUMBERJAK

    WKEND LUMBERJAK Here For The Long Haul! GoldMember

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    This is a very good thread. Took a while to get threw it. So did anyone ever make a handle out of Osage Orange.
     
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    Good work. Nice wee set up.
    Decided I'm going to plane my lengths of timber before I make my next one. I had a knot right where I didn't want one on the last one I started, like you did. Because of the rough sawn timber it wasn't until I got to the finishing stage that it showed up
     
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    This needs a new handle
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