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    Default About time/first axe refurb

    Awhile back I won a Sentry axe head in a GAW thanks to Jakuka.

    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showth...ghlight=sentry

    After way to long of getting busy with other projects, trying to find a good handle locally and just not getting to it as quickly as I could, I finally ordered some handles from HH and went to work on this long overdue project. The head was already cleaned up, but a bit pitted. I worked on getting a good edge, but didn't think I'd be able to get the nice polished look due to the pitting. I went to work with a diamond stone and Lanksy puck and got an edge that'll push cut paper. I had to shave down the handle a bit, because starting off the end of the handle was still a good ways down inside the head. A draw knife and some sandpaper took care of that. I do wish that I'd set the head down about another 1/4" or so. A good once over with some sandpaper on the handle smoothed it out nicely to receive the stain. I gave the wedge a good dose of BLO as well as the area under the head. The handle also received a coat after the stain dried. All in all, I'm ok with it for my first rehaft.

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    That's a fine looking axe you turned out there. I really like the stain and the edge looks like it'll make for a fine chopper. Well done!
    Now get out there and put her to work!

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    That looks sweet! What did you use to stain it? I just finished off a double bit refurbishing last week and I'd really like to do one like that next. I've already been keeping my eye on ebay since I don't ever see any locally.

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    Mine is waiting on a handle now...


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    The stain is just two coats of Miniwax and 1 coat (so far) of BLO. I've got an idea in my head for my next rehandle, but I bought an octagon handle and don't know if I want to use that one incase it doesn't come out how I'd like.
    Auto correct hates me and I don't proofread. So whatever sounds good is what I actually meant.

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    Looks great!

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    Dang! You sure picked a sweet haft to go with such a great axe head.

    The tiger striping is excellent.

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    Nice work, I like it. The wood is really pretty and I really like that profile. I know some people don't, but I really do. My Black Raven came with that shape.

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    The striping didn't show up until after I stained it and was unexpected, but I really like it. I can see how people end up with dozens of axes. I jokingly held it up above the fireplace and my wife actually said she liked the way it looked up there. I did have one concern though. I read somewhere that it was actually suggested not to store axes in a climate controlled area because the lack of humidity can cause the wood to contract and the head become lose. It sounded a bit far fetched, but I'd hate to leave them in the shed with FL humidity.
    Auto correct hates me and I don't proofread. So whatever sounds good is what I actually meant.

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    Looks awesome. I am still searching for a axe head. I like that pattern. Should serve you well for many years.

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