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the File and the axe restoration.
« on: April 02, 2017, 07:17:13 PM »
I have a little mess so I don't have good access to my power tools. I have a nice boys axe head pestering me to fix it so in my down time today I took my long over looked files to it.

The subject. A really nice True Temper boy axe. Kinda rough.





You can do things with a file that are easier with a grinder but you really have to be on your toes with power tools. I had time on my side and this is after the first 30 mins or so.





Having good files is key. I ran it on a wire and filed it again. Really want to get the shroom off the pole. I also rubbed the whole thing with some 180 sandpaper too,





Third time around with the heavy files on the bump. I used a more gentle file on the faces. also rubbed it just a bit more with a 180. Starting to look like "new and unused" on ebay!









I'm going to finish this head up to use around the house for a bit. I thinks it's going to be really nice.



Doing it the old fashion way always turns out best. Been a while for me but I think it will be worth it.

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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 08:35:23 PM »
Are you using any kind of photo trickery?

The first pics look like
 somebody fililin'

the last, like you say, eBay new. Nice work

As always: flint edge, the best name ever. Looks a fantastic bit of work. Thanks for the inspiration

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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 09:39:24 PM »
Looks real nice, Creek!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:    There's just something about working with files that gives a person a deep sense of satisfaction......i t does for me anyway.  :shrug:

That's going to be a real beauty when you finally decide to say, "Good 'nuff." :chopwood:
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 12:36:55 PM »
That is going to be a darn nice axe!  I find if I use hand tools for the whole process I become more attached to them... :shrug:

Your edge clean up is looking great!  Just don't make it so nice you don't want to swing it!  post it up in work when you're done buddy!  Seeing it in the canoe would be cool too!   :thumbsup:

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 12:58:29 PM »
If you DO end up taking it out in the canoe, make sure you secure it to a thwart with a length of paracord and A POACHER'S KNOT! :rofl: :canoe:
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2017, 01:35:32 PM »
You didn't use any chemicals on this? I'm amazed how well the logo came out. I have a double bit chemical axe I'd like to clean and haft but I don't want to mess it up.

How sharp do you get these? my gramps had one beyond shaving sharp next to the door for protection. I doubted him until one day I slit down to the bone on my thumb. I had to keep that hid until we left too!!
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 04:46:36 PM »
xj, I cut the old handle off and stuck it in the vice to begin filing the rough off. I've used 2 coarseness of file. I've rub on it, not too hard, with various grits of sand paper. tossed it around in my hands with scotch brite pads some too. Tonight I wet sanded it with some 600. I think this is as far as I'm going shining the head. The steel is just awesome. I'll put a handle in it next. Then I'll file the edge. This axe is going to be sharp and it is going to be used. I've always kept and eye out for a really nice boys axe head like this. They are really handy around the house. I think this one is going to be about as good as I could ever expect. Dont know what I'll do with the other 10 now :)   

Here is the pre-woodie glamor shoots. Let me know if you'd take shining it further.



It never fails the side without the writing is prettiest.



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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 07:46:42 PM »
leave it!  I like some character to em myself.  Try to pick a dark handle if you can.  That thing will look amazing...
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2017, 10:03:24 AM »
leave it!  I like some character to em myself.  Try to pick a dark handle if you can.  That thing will look amazing...

I agree. looks great. How does black locust tree do for handle material? I know they use it for fence posts. I have a bunch of saplings that gotta go!
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2017, 10:10:51 AM »
I think it'd work pretty good, especially if one is large enough to split. That darn pith you know. I've been having real negative feelings about any kind of boxed heart wood for awhile now

And not to mention a green branch of the right diameter would make a nifty temporary file handle :-X

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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2017, 07:15:00 PM »
Started working on the edge today. Files are funny. Took some strokes to start them to biting. The steel is good. It's not sharp yet but is coming along nicely.



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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2017, 07:51:12 PM »
Man that's gonna be a real nice one creek.  You haven't showed off your restoration skills in while.  It's good to see them in action again  :thumbsup:
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2017, 07:57:45 PM »
Thanks man! It is going to be a good one. Best thing is I'm going to use it. I've chopped with it some already and it is easy to tell it is good steel. You might need this one before ya know it. Not hard to imagine why these heads are sought after. I have several big ones that are just bone crushers. It is going to get sharper. Filing is hard to rush.

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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2017, 08:41:39 PM »
That is a really nice looking axe.  I like the overall shape of that one. 
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2017, 04:27:51 AM »
Outstanding!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :chopwood: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2017, 07:26:04 AM »
Another beauty, Creek! 

Ok I'll say it ... I have axe envy...

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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2017, 07:53:05 AM »
I bought a brand new 'flint-edge' half or boy's axe for our scout troop back when I was an assistant scoutmaster.  One of the newer scouts took it out of the equipment trailer and immediately broke the handle out of it.....I don't know how.  :-\    Anyway, it happened. >:(

The scoutmaster gave it back to me a few years later when he was cleaning out the trailer.  I still have it SOMEWHERE. :shrug:    It still has all of the black paint on the head, and to my knowledge, has never even been sharpened yet.....just wish I could find it. :-[
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2017, 06:08:00 PM »
It's been a while for me. Thanks. I look forward to using it. Fixing it has been good for my mind. I know it will be a fine chopper.

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I bought a brand new 'flint-edge' half or boy's axe for our scout troop back when I was an assistant scoutmaster.  One of the newer scouts took it out of the equipment trailer and immediately broke the handle out of it.....I don't know how.  :-\    Anyway, it happened. >:(

The scoutmaster gave it back to me a few years later when he was cleaning out the trailer.  I still have it SOMEWHERE. :shrug:    It still has all of the black paint on the head, and to my knowledge, has never even been sharpened yet.....just wish I could find it. :-[

Find that axe wolfy I NEED it for my meager axe collection.

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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2017, 05:23:25 AM »
I have a Michigan Pattern True Temper axe with octagonal haft.  They don't make them like yours anymore.  Nice job!
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2017, 06:01:22 PM »
Spent a few minutes this evening with the axe and file. Coming along nicely. Can you see the development of the wire?



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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2017, 07:19:06 PM »
Spent a few minutes this evening with the axe and file. Coming along nicely. Can you see the development of the wire?


Nope!  You're gonna have to send it to me for a further inspection :)
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Re: the File and the axe restoration.
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2017, 07:23:55 PM »
It ain't ready yet  :chopwood:

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