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Offline hayshaker

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making a new chopper
« on: January 08, 2017, 07:47:17 AM »
i'm making a new axe from a piece of sawmill blade.
the bladeis 1/8th in steel. the handle will be curly maple,
my question is s curly maple strong enough for the handle.
so all axe people help m here.

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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017, 11:28:52 AM »
Purists will say that hickory is best, but any shock resistant hardwood should work just fine. This includes maples, ashes, and oaks. I seem to recall that an "older" name for Sugar Maple was 'Rock Maple', so named because the wood is highly impact resistant.
What I don't know is if the "curly" grain will have any effect on the wood's ability to absorb and transfer shock.
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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2017, 11:45:03 AM »
Most of the FANCY Pennsylvania rifles had curly maple stocks and they take heavy recoil just fine, so I reckon an axe handle made from it would work as well.  Lots of high-end pipe tomahawks have tightly curled sugarbush handles, but most of them are reserved for smoking or lifting hair. 8)
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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2017, 11:49:20 AM »
I'd be more worried about making an "axe" from 1/8 steel.
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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 01:25:07 PM »
wolfy i knew it men were buticians on the great plains way back when.
oh i do have a coldsteel kukri and it chops small stuff fine.

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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2017, 02:21:24 PM »
With the curly maple, it will depend how well you can eye the long grain, assuming you have a sawn piece. If you split it from a log, following the grain will be self evident. The way maple is can make the precise grain direction difficult to follow in some cases; add the curl and it can be downright deceptive.

I tried making one. Thought the board would work since the grain seemed to be continuous end to end. In fact it had substantial run out, diving off pole to edge ways in the handle like maybe 30-40 degrees. Lasted less than a dozen strokes. The board was a little over an inch thick, handle was 14 inch long or less.

NEB is right, there are lots of woods that will make a good axe, or hatchet handle. None of those will last as long using the thin size, light size you could achieve with a good piece of split hickory. In other words, secondary wood, or even less than ideal hickory needs to be "oversized".

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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2017, 05:38:23 PM »
the maple i'm using is 4/4 stock curly maple 1x4x36 and the reveal is beautiful.

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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2017, 06:48:14 PM »
I bet if you're using it and break the handle, it ain't the handles fault.  :chopwood:

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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2017, 07:05:26 PM »

I'd be more worried about making an "axe" from 1/8 steel.

I'm with Nuke... What kind of axe from 1/8th inch stock? Flat one? A folded around type head to make an "eye", like a tomahawk?


Maybe I am(we are) missing something... Maybe ya gonna make like a "damascus"/layered" type?


I just can't figure this out in my head....
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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2017, 07:59:05 PM »
the whole thing will be one piece.

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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2017, 10:33:09 PM »
I only wanted to answer on the wooden side. I can kinda picture a mora hatchet, or one of those "hunter combos" case and Ka Bar had them, the little hatchet thing with knife like dimensions and matched handles. Kinda like a mini Estwing hatchet. I never used one. They have a field dressing sales pitch, I don't know.

A trad kukri is usually at least 1/4" distal taper aren't they? 1/8 inch is machete land.

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Re: making a new chopper
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2017, 05:42:45 AM »
i've decided to go with a drill planter blade @1/4,in instead.
a more to work with then.