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My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« on: July 09, 2013, 10:28:35 PM »
Kind of a DIY/Home made thing too...



Some months ago now, a friend and I started talking about "belt axes", again.  I say again,
because it is a subject that inevitably comes up from time to time.  It was the usual stuff,
which ones do we like better, and why - and what might we like instead.
I mentioned that I within the last year-ish I had come to really prefer heavily bearded axe
heads.  My reason for primarily for carving, but they worked just fine for the small stuff we
usually did with our belt axe while camping also.  That being some limbing, and splitting of
smaller stuff for our small wood stoves. 
That's when he "sprung it on me".  He said he was going to do a full re-profile on an belt axe
he had already.  I thought, "go ahead - lots of work your talking about - looking forward to
seeing what you come up with."  I mentioned as much to him.
We e-mailed a fair amount of axe head designs back and forth, and he said he had one he liked, and
was going to press on.  I didn't really have any desire to also do it, but was definitely looking
forward to seeing what he came up with.  I also didn't have any "spare" axe heads.


That all changed for me when my neighbor three houses down had a yard sale one Saturday morning.
I walked down to shoot the breeze, and see what they had.  I asked if they had any old axes, adzes,
wood working tools, or yard tools.  Bruce (my neighbor) said he sure did, and he'd be right back.
He brought back a rusted True Temper No.H Carpenters Axe head.  He told me, "it's yours", and
handed it over.  I of course thanked him very much, and explained I planed on doing a full reshape,
 and re-profile of it. 


That was months ago.  Important family matters came up, and all things axes - including that axe head -
took a far back seat.


This past weekend I had some time, and the axe head was calling my name.  So,
here a the photos of the process.  I didn't take one before re-shaping the edge unfortunately, but I think
we all know more or less what an un-moded carpenters axe edge looks like.  Pretty much straight as a ruler.



Again, had already re-shaped the edge to a gentle full round, and done a very slight edge profile.  The
edge was still as thick as two nickles though, which made it much safer to work with.  You can see the parts
I intend to remove, colored with blue sharpie.



True Temper No.H



Here you can see I've done a lot of metal removal, making the deep beard and on the top also
but haven't touched the hammer head part yet.



Man that was a lot of work!  Hammer part gone - done with a hacksaw, and dremmel only.  Went through A LOT of those little cut off wheels!



And the other side.  I've got the shape pretty much how I want it here.  I just need to "blend" the top into the edge a little more, and start the edge profiling and sharpening.  It was well past dark at this point, so I called it a night, cleaned up, and went to bed.  It was late.



Didn't touch it the next day, but did the day after.  Here she be with a good working profile and edge.  Yes, I
tried it out :-)



And the other side again.  Now all she needs is a handle!  And I happen to have all kinds of logs and wood for carving!



Of course I started a little on this to before taking any photos.  So, I grab a piece of dried apple split from a log, that's been in the back of my truck since April.  It looked like it would do; grabbed my favorite carving axe for the task, and to trace it's handle shape, and got to it!






Little more shaping done






And Done!  Those (and the sharpie) are the only tools I used to make the handle.  Actually, it didn't have a wedge in it, in this photo.  That was made and added after I put the camera up.  I also gave it several wipe downs with a
 BLO/Turpentine mix.




As always,
Thoughts, Comments, and Criticisms are welcome
&
Thanks for letting me share


U.W.

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2013, 04:28:47 AM »
nice! first time i've seen a carpenter's axe modded into a carving/belt axe. VERY well done U.W.


Thanks for sharing
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013, 04:34:46 AM »
Fantastic!  :chopwood:

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2013, 04:45:43 AM »
Nice project.  Well done.

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2013, 04:54:46 AM »
Very nice!!

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2013, 05:20:50 AM »
Great job on the axe makeover.
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2013, 05:46:31 AM »
Great job!

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2013, 07:19:12 AM »
Outstanding!
:thumbsup:


Thanks for sharing your project with us!
:D


Please let us know how it works for ya, when you have had a chance to put it thru the paces.
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2013, 07:53:32 AM »
Wow. That is a lot of work. Nicely done.
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2013, 09:31:22 AM »
Yeah, I agree that is REALLY cool! 8).  Wouldn't know it was the same tool!
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2013, 09:39:43 AM »
I've gone back and looked at it a few times now. Way past outstanding! I wish my hands could think like that. UW is a mighty crafty fellow. :)

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2013, 09:20:20 PM »
Thank you Very Very much everyone!  I enjoyed the process, and am glad the end result turned out the way it did, and works well.


Here's the last two photos - with the wedge installed, and handle all oiled. 








I've always heard that using a softer wood for a wedge is good, so I used a piece of an old scrap 2x4 I had on the back porch.  Seems to being working fine.  I drenched it in BLO/Turpentine a handful of times until it would take no more. 


MnSportsman,


I've only used it "lightly", but thus far it works exactly how I hoped it would.  Splits small wood stove stuff fine, makes good curls for fire starting/tinder, and "carves & shapes" really nicely.  I like how deep the beard is because it allows for a comfortable, centered, and controlled grip when using to push carve  and make long thin curls  or for notching & relief cutting.  The head shape and size allow for various useful full grip holds.  The handle shape also allows for a myriad of comfortable and controlled grips also, down at the very end for parang like chopping/splitting to just under the head for short, light, small shaping/cutting/chops.


Thanks again everyone!


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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2013, 08:42:15 AM »
Wow!  great transformation on that.  Great imagination for the project.  That's like having your own custom axe now.  Seriously nice work   :thumbsup:
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My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2013, 02:07:36 PM »
Nice transformation.....

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2013, 06:52:12 PM »
Thank you very much OutdoorEnvy, and Kuchillo! 


I never thought of it that way OutdoorEnvy, but you're right.  That is exactly what it is.


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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2013, 10:32:18 PM »
This is an exceptional modification to this carpentry axe from the shortening of the hammer to the accentuation of the beard to the finally of the hand carved and whittled haft!  Absolutely beautiful U.W. great job!   :thumbsup:   

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2013, 05:41:49 AM »
Thank you WI Woodsman!  I've been using it doing small stuff for about a week now and gotta say, so
far so good!  Seems like the edge grind may be just the tiniest bit thick yet, believe it or not; but it is so slight,
that I think I'll just let it thin as I maintain the edge with the stone.


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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2013, 06:49:11 PM »
Norm Abrams would appreciate the craftsmanship and especially the warning to "wear goggles".

I keep coming back to look at it.
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2013, 06:45:01 PM »
That looks great!!!

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2013, 09:24:49 PM »
Nicely done!  Quite the transformation.

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #20 on: August 02, 2013, 09:19:32 AM »
I was able to handle the beauty at our gathering last week, really cool tool..well thought out.

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2013, 03:46:10 PM »
Thank you treez, and Sanjuro82!
And
Brother Creek!



It's really become quite the handy little user, and I'm real happy with it
and that I made it. 


Brother WilderBeast,
You hit the nail dead center on the head my friend.
Eye protection AND respiratory protection are a must!  Gotta do it, no doubts.
I had more than one of those thin little dremmel cut off wheels fly apart at ~30K rpm,
and smash into the goggles I was wearing.  I have no want to breathe metal
dust either - no bueno.   


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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2013, 07:50:22 PM »
Wow that looks like It was a lot of work good job. and Nice find. I am going to post the axe that I found a month ago at a yard sale, to see if anyone can ID it.
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2013, 02:19:37 AM »
Thank you Southern Illinoisian.  The work was done over a couple of days, but wasn't that bad. 
It's still going strong, and works well.


There's a lot of very knowledgeable folks here at Blades & Bushcraft on the subject of axes.  Post up
your photos of that yard sale axe, and give'm a shot.


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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2013, 10:08:31 AM »
That is beautiful. How did you remove the material from the bottom - the big curve?

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2013, 10:15:13 AM »
I think he used a dremel wannabe, That's the way I chop up mine.

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2013, 10:30:41 AM »
Well, I'm super happy this got bumped! Cool thread!

Awesome looking 'new' tool. I dig it! :thumbsup:
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2013, 10:35:49 AM »
Not in any way to steal your thunder, but I actually did this as well. Mine turned out like this:





Of course, it's tiny compared to yours and the handle is little more than a stick shoved into it. I love this kind of thread... Thanks!
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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #28 on: December 20, 2013, 02:17:31 PM »
That is beautiful. How did you remove the material from the bottom - the big curve?


Quote from: UpTheCreek link=
I think he used a dremmel wannabe. That's the way I chop up mine.


Thank you wannabe, and Brother Creek. 


Creek is right.  I used a black&decker "dremmel" wannabe for a lot of the shaping.  In addition I used an 8" grinder, and a 1x30 inch HF belt sander with a variety of belts.  Eye and Respiratory protection were worn for sure; and a big bucket of cool water kept at my side, for dipping it to keep it cool.
The handle was made with the knife & axe shown in the photo(s).


Thank you kanakkarhu, I like yours very much!  It's a fun project isn't it..  And that's a sexy knife you've got there with it also  :thumbsup:

I also love these kind of threads!  I do believe also, that both BigHat and UptheCreek have done similar axe mods to similar axe heads.

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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #29 on: December 20, 2013, 03:51:13 PM »
Just a couple :) or so



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Re: My first full on axe re-do (pic heavy)
« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2013, 08:24:09 AM »


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