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General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by hayshaker on December 10, 2021, 03:23:31 PM »
well max i've never seen 81 below here but i have experienced 50 below.
few days ago it was 6 degrees at 7am. this winter will have to wear the animal furs.
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General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by Mad-max on December 10, 2021, 01:37:01 PM »
I sat in the back yard splicing Christmas tree lights.  In my underwear.  Hey.  My neighbor mows his grass in his.  But he works for the Sheriff so...

It got too hot in the sun so I had to move to the shade.

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General Discussion / Re: BRRRRR!
« Last post by wsdstan on December 10, 2021, 09:47:25 AM »
Snowing today.  Started last night sometime and about an 1" at 5:30 AM this morning.  Not real cold, about 25 F and no wind.  I took the mail down to the box on the county road and there were no deer under my tree stand.  Probably holed up in the gully on the north side of the farm.  The reservoir has frozen but it is pretty thin still and looking at the next seven days there will be a little snow next week.  I doubt this drought will be over any time soon so whatever snow we get is welcome.
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Thanks OE, and thanks for mentioning that site.  I have been to it before but completely forgot about until you mentioned it.
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What years was Warren around?

According to yesteryear tool Warren was 1893-1950.  So maybe WWII?  I?m not sure if the green paint was used in WWI. 
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on December 08, 2021, 02:52:53 PM »
Thanks for  the comparison photo.  I like the size of that Collins.

Your welcome Stan.  Cruisers are basically a double bit version of a boy?s axe.  Very handy size indeed!
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
« Last post by wsdstan on December 08, 2021, 09:11:39 AM »
Thanks for  the comparison photo.  I like the size of that Collins.
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What years was Warren around?
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Been a bit since since thread had any action so thought I would share a few pics of an old Warren 4lb military axe head I am cleaning up.  Probably either Vietnam or maybe even WWII era.  I'm thinking of maybe doing a 28-30" straight handle and using this as a fallers axe.  Should be a great wedge whacker!   :choptree: 







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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Collins Cruiser Axe project
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on December 07, 2021, 09:22:45 AM »
Thanks folks and I agree with you Moe.  I am glad Council Tool still makes a good user axes at fair prices.  I just wish more hardware stores carried them locally instead of those cheapos. 

Well here is a quick update on the cruiser.  Cleaned up the head.  I like the clean patina look myself and it is pretty easy to do.  I use a wire brush to knock off the big stuff to start.  Then I move to wet sand paper, usually 220 grit but anything around that works fine too.  I just keep using the sandpaper and wiping it clean as I go until I'm satisfied with the rust removal and the face is smooth.  Then wipe it down with rubbing alcohol for a final clean and then I rub oil into it.  And that's it.

First pic here is after the brush on the whole thing and one side I have wet sanded

 

Sometimes I like to keep whatever original paint or stickers may be left.  I tried to do that here.  Just going slow and gentle around those areas.  But this cleaned up well. 





I thought I would show a size comparison between a cruiser and a full size just in case some of you want a reference.  This Collins Specs are below as per my measurements

Weight    2.5lb
length bit to bit  8 3/8"
edge length 4"

Large double is a Mann 3.5lb about 10 1/2 " wide



Well I will be getting together a handle order from House Handle Co. pretty soon.  I have multiple handles needed for projects so will get those ordered.  Next update will probably be edge work 

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