Cracked eye TT Woodslasher

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  1. Muleman77

    Muleman77 Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter

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    Pretty common thing, really. There are lots of otherwise nice heads around with them. Not going to pay for the privelege of fixing one but i get em thrown in buying other stuff sometimes. I've fixed quite a few, and had good luck. This one is going to be another axe for the chainsaw falling lineup.

    Nothing high tech about it. On this poor old woodslasher, I used an oxy acetylene torch to weld, a wet rag and dribbling hose to keep the bit cool, and an angle grinder to clean it up.

    Theres two cracks here, and the top of the eye was pretty beat up. It's also been slightly deformed.
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    Clean up the top a little first
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    Grind out the cracks, and shine up the bit to see if any change in temper occurs[​IMG]

    Wrap an old t shirt around, held with wire.
    I just set a hose on top of the rag, at a dribble to keep it constantly wetting.
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    Welded. I just let it sit and slowly cool a few minutes before putting water on it. Don't want any unneeded stress or large grain structure.
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    Clearly no issues overheating the bit[​IMG]

    Clean up time
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    Theres a thin spot here I don't like
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    So I wrapped it again and touched it up
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    A coat of paint
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    Putting it on a strait 26", a fallers axe. I use that setup a lot.
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    Will the repair hold for the wedging? It looks fine but you dont know for sure until you hang it. Drove it pretty tight, as you can see by the shape.
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    Looks just fine!
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    Tennesee makes a nice handle, but thick. Suits this job well enough as it is though.
    Aren't those fatwood wedges a beautiful sight :)
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    Time to knock a few wedges and bump some knots ;)
     
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  2. NevadaBlue

    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Nice job. I bet there aren’t too many of us who can torch weld anymore. Oh, you got some red paint on a couple of knuckles I see... :rolleyes:
     
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    Another great restoration.
     
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    Ya done very well young fellar. Nuff said. joe
     
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    Very well done!

    @Kelly W fixed up one of my True Temper Tomahawks that needed some welding and TLC. It turned out great! It is nice to know that these old workhorses can be put back to serviceable use!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Ain’t much you can’t do is there, @Muleman77 ? That’s some good repair work.
    I like seeing old axes come back to life.
     
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    I get red paint on me a lot. Not sure how sometimes, as I may not have used any for days!

    Thanks!

    Thanks Joe :)

    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks bud, I like fixing the ones that are bad off, better than hanging a nice well kept one!
     
  9. Kelly W

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    Very well done my friend.
     
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  10. never.truly.lost

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    Wow, good job! I think it's pretty cool to bring a good tool back to life.

    It's also pretty cool how that wedge is translucent like that.
     
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    Excellent repair. And thank you very much for the red paint, rather than mirror polish :). My first axe was a double bit Michigan Woodslaher and the red paint just looks right.
     
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