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Self-Made Knives / Re: Leather Handle building question?
« Last post by pete28 on Today at 05:55:03 AM »
Thanks guys and Crash that helps tremendously!
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I didn't think to mention something about the Council Tool axe. I noticed the head appears to be epoxy glued to the handle. I don't buy new axes very often - is this typical construction?
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Self-Made Knives / Re: Leather Handle building question?
« Last post by Quenchcrack on Yesterday at 05:13:44 PM »
Very nice job, crash!  I really like the blade shape.
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Spar Urethane. It's a typo. It's what they use on canoe paddles. I'm sure it'd be great for a handle.
Thanks, my confusion. The Spar Urethane I use is Varathane brand.
Spar Urethane is the new improved formula to replace spar varnish. Like the old varnish, it's formulated to withstand saltwater spray and ocean conditions.  If fact, it says NOT FOR INDOOR USE right on the label.
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Yard Sale Axes
« Last post by dancan on Yesterday at 04:17:49 PM »
30" or 32" on that one , that last Hultafors handle I got was the longest my supplier had in stock at 30" .
I've got to check with LeeValley because they stock replacements for some of the Gransfors and Hults that they sell .
I do go though dry spells of not finding any good resto candidates but they do pop up , lots of friends know I'm always looking , I just tell them , no fiberglass handles , no beat to death and no more than 10$ ;)
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Spar Urethane. It's a typo. It's what they use on canoe paddles. I'm sure it'd be great for a handle.
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After years of fussing with tung oil and linseed oil, I find I prefer Spar Verathane. Easy application, easy clean up, wears like iron and pretty much non-slip grip when wet.

I'm not familiar with Spar Verathane. It sounds like something used on outdoor furniture which should work as well as anything. From experience I know some indoor water based urethanes will turn milky when they get wet. I made that mistake on a countertop once. I'm no fan of linseed oil either but to each their own as they say.
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A couple weeks ago I purchased the Council Tool 2# wood craft pack axe. It's definitely on the pricey side at around $140 but I feel that like any good blade or cutting tool, you do get what you pay for. I've only played around with it in the back yard but I'm confident that it will hold up for many years in the field. I won't hesitate to recommend this axe to anyone.

By the way don't forget to seal your axe handles. If you use linseed or mineral oil you'll have to soak it for a few days to let it penetrate since wood such as hickory has a very dense grain and doesn't readily absorb. I do a lot of woodworking so I used some stain/sealant that I had on hand. The stain really makes the grain show nicely. I prefer to use stain/seal because oil won't prevent mold and grime from penetrating the wood where as a good sealant will.  Not all stain has sealant by the way and many that do don't say so on the label - an annoying fact when you're in to finishing wood.  You can test your stain on a piece of scrap wood and if it becomes tacky after a few minutes then it has sealant. In a pinch you can wipe the handle down with a thin coat of vaseline (which is mineral oil). Also, you can put oil based stain & sealant on wood that has been previously treated with oil after it's been allowed to dry for a few days. Any of these methods work just fine to preserve you axe handles - it's mostly a matter of personal taste beyond that.

Have fun out there!

Link to Council Tool pack axe: http://counciltool.com/new-wood-craft-axe-line/
After years of fussing with tung oil and linseed oil, I find I prefer Spar Verathane. Easy application, easy clean up, wears like iron and pretty much non-slip grip when wet.
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That is a great axe!  I've been using the dickens out of the 18" version.  It's a handy thing and I'm reaching for it more and more all the time.  I bet that 24" version is sweet!  Put some pics up sometime if you can.  Can't have too many axe pics around here :) 

 :chopwood:

I'm not set up anywhere to host pics and I have to transfer pics to a usb drive to upload them as well. I need to work on that I suppose. For now I added a link to my original message that points to the Council Tool page for the axe I bought. I had ordered the 18" version of the axe but canceled it the next day and went for the 24". In reality I want both! It is a sweet tool.
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Yard Sale Axes
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on Yesterday at 12:23:52 PM »
That's a solid $20 spent there.  I like looking at your finds but then I get annoyed as I don't come across much in person around here...  What handle size are you going to do on the Wetterlings?
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