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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: How does everyone temporarily fix loose axeheads?
« Last post by Unknown on January 20, 2018, 09:14:37 PM »
Take a chisel and drive it beside the existing wedge. Then take the wedge you just sawed from some scrap wood. Drive the new wedge beside the old.

You can also drill out the old wedge by stepping up in size as drill depth decreases. That is, drill multiple holes side by side with small (1/16or less) to the guessed depth of wedge minus a lil bit. Then drill again 1/2 as deep, with a larger bit 1/8 or so. Probably needs a final- not too deep  at 3/16 maybe at this point you can pick and pry or drill-rout the wedge.

Full size axes are tougher, but maybe you can get the old handle out clean up the rest of the wedge and refit.

I like Wolfy's soaking method. Roy underhill says never do that as he learned from Walden Pnd it will be looser when it dries out because the swelled wood fibers crush within the eye. I say that is okay. As long as you have time to dry the helve very dry. Re-wedging at that point, means the rascal may never get loose again- maybe.

Edit to say the chisel is only to give the new wedge a place to start don't go too deep.
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: How does everyone temporarily fix loose axeheads?
« Last post by wolfy on January 20, 2018, 09:02:18 PM »
Yeah, there is......soak it in a bucket of water.  That's a temporary fix, of course, as the water will soon  dry up and you'll be right back at square one again.  If you do the same thing with diesel fuel or kerosene, it will stay tight longer, but it's still only a temporary solution.  My old beater-axe has nails & screws in it and electrical tape wrapped around its split handle and I'm still using it.....han't changed much from the way it looked when I found it on the road 40 years ago. :shrug:
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: How does everyone temporarily fix loose axeheads?
« Last post by wsdstan on January 20, 2018, 08:59:21 PM »
I will sometimes use a larger metal wedge if I am in the middle of something and want to keep using the same axe.   

Have never used a nail. 
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / How does everyone temporarily fix loose axeheads?
« Last post by RoamerJo on January 20, 2018, 08:48:37 PM »
Back when I used to help this old timer on his farmers he always had me driving nails into the eyes of tools to keep the handle from coming off instead of rehandling them.
I never did like to do that as I felt it was sloppy looking, but I've just made a hippocrite out of myself and done the very same thing on my boys axe when I noticed the head was slipping.
Are there any other ways to temporarily fix it untill it can be replaced?
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Help Desk / Re: Bits for drilling blanks
« Last post by downstream on January 20, 2018, 07:17:44 PM »
Come to find out the double nuts that hold the shaft straight when you pull down the handle had loosened so the bit wasn't being held straight. After those were tightened and the speed reduced to 525 things went smoother.  Very very light pressure and a few drops of 3 in 1 every so often got the job done.  I've got three blanks drilled out now.  Thanks for all you input.
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Gear Reviews / Re: MOST POPULAR GEAR OPTIONS FOR 2017
« Last post by crashdive123 on January 20, 2018, 06:57:13 PM »
I have used several of the items listed and will speak only to what I have personally used...........

Life Straw - I'm still kicking and have had no ill affects.

Sawyer Mini - same as above.

Permetherin - OK, I have not used this exact brand, but permetherin is permetherin.  It is great for treating clothing and keeping the ticks at bay.  I have used it on my hammock and netting as well with good results.  I cannot speak to its efficacy after washing.

Mora - I'm sure we all have our opinions.  I like the ones I own.

Hammocks from Amazon vendors - be careful.  I have picked up a couple of different brands (11ft, double wide) from two different sellers and both stretched excessively.  I picked up on of the double wides from Walmart and had no issues with stretching.

Toilet seat.  It was a life saver for me in the 14 temps I experienced last week camping.  It is also a lifesave in that Mrs. Crash is much happier getting up in the middle of the night and not having to squat next to a bush to pee.

Aqua Tainer - I have 8.  They are great, but the spouts will deteriorate over time.  A simple fix is to make your own PVC spout or use a brass one that fits.  Personally I like my homemade PVC better.  A simple 1/2" PVC plug works great when not in use.

Mountain House.  Some good, some bad.  Sodium might be too high for some.  I like it as a back-up and in my E kits.

Stove - Mine is similar (Coleman F1)  works great.

MSR fuel bottle - I currently have two.  Never leaked.

Swiss Army Knife - don't leave home without it.

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Gear Reviews / Re: MOST POPULAR GEAR OPTIONS FOR 2017
« Last post by wsdstan on January 20, 2018, 04:02:26 PM »
I have used an MSR fuel bottle for a long long time.  It has never been a problem.

Mora kniv, of course, who hasn't used one?  I know I know there are some who detest them.

Carabiners are about as handy an item as you can take on a camping trip or outing.  Hang stuff up, hold stuff together, you name it and the carabiner can do it.

Solar showers work great if you are in a camp long enough for the water to heat up.

I had that very water jug and it lasted about ten years.

Freeze dry meals were about all we took on long high altitude hikes back in the days of our youth.

Swiss Army knives are probably okay but I will take a Buck 110.

Fire starter rods give you something to do with all the pieces of antler you have laying around the shop.

Seam Grip works well on neoprene and on nylon material for sealing seams and making a rip waterproof when you sew it up.
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by hayshaker on January 20, 2018, 03:03:41 PM »
thanks PW i'll try that
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by Unknown on January 20, 2018, 01:27:42 PM »
For the stone anvil aspect of the craft hayshaker said he was using a corian cutting board. Since I'm not sure what they look like, I sorta pictured a thick piece of corian, which in real life is probably not as dense and heavy as stone.

I think PW is right as well. Ebony is nice and dense, but often brittle. And there is something of a good chance for shorter than expected life. Almost anything else would be better as a temporary wood mallet until you can get a rawhide one. Tandy also offers a cheap-o plastic one.
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Gear Reviews / Re: MOST POPULAR GEAR OPTIONS FOR 2017
« Last post by lgm on January 20, 2018, 01:23:54 PM »
I can speak to a few,
I have the sawyer mini water filter and like it for its size and versatility I used in the BWCA . On that same trip the most popular filter was the life straw. Both seam to work well.
The Mora is as we all know a fine knife. Some might not like it but that doesn't mean it's not good.
I have a polor water bottle, found it on a backpack trip if memory serves,  looked new then. It is good enough, my daughter layed clam to it.
I have used mountain house meals a few times on backpacking trips, don't want to pay for or eat them daily but I will buy them again,  most say "2 servings " not after a day of hiking.
Swiss army knife is like the Mora, it just works & every outdoors man should own at least one.
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