MT_Fin's ongoing axe incompetence and WIP thread....

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  1. Muleman77

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    To compare, Not counting the tang they are about 14"x 2", and about 3/16 thick, some are 1/4. And there's one line that's 16" long or so.
    I think that one you have is narrower but about the same length?
     
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    Yeah, about that size. I'll measure it when I get home.
     
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    That's a big'n alright, longer than I thought.
    It looks like horse rasp teeth.
    You always have two, one sharp for hoof only, and one duller to use where you hit steel finising up. Maybe a way to get it all in one for a traveling shoeing kit or something.
    Cool anyway, bet it'll shape a handle down even now.
     
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    I like that little Vaughan! Very nice.
     
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    What do you do about pitting? I was given a Fulton No.4 today and of course it is pitted.
     
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    It depends on severity. I kind of like putting in some instances, gives it a unique look that's well earned with age. BUT if you want to remove it, it can be ground/sanded out depending on depth, you just have to keep it cool so as not to draw out the temper. Sometimes pitting is too deep and you have to take off too much to make it feasible.
     
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    I was thinking about welding some pits on a cheapo to see how it would turn out. I'll get back to you when I'm done.
     
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    Interesting approach, just be sure to keep it cool.
     
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    @Terrapin was generous enough to be the high bidder on the recent @mainewoods benefit auction. I offered to clean up and hang this DB that was in the auction if the bid reached a certain level, and then offered to clean up and hang a single bit that Inwiuld donate to the winner should the bid go even higher. As usual, the awesome folks here came through in a big way so I am working on fulfilling my commitment as well.

    I got the DB in the mail the other day so started to work on it. Here are a couple progression pics so far....

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    Started cleaning it up....
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    It's a very nice head with cool character and tons of life left in it. I know some people hate pitting, but I think it gives it unique well earned character marks.

    More to come as I hang it and then do the same with a single bit before they get shipped off to Terrapin!

    Stay tuned................
     
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    Finished up this beauty today. Really liking it so far, can't wait to chop something with it tomorrow......

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    Really nice job. That brute should chop some wood! Can't wait to see what it does.
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    Got a couple cool ones in the mail the other day.
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    Started working on what seems to be a True Temper/ Kelly Montreal pattern. It's was loose on the haft, and had no wood wedge, only 2 metal step wedges inline with the kerf cut.It was also not seated on the shoulder. No wonder it came loose! They also damaged the tongue and edge of the kerf and were a pain in but butt to take out.

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    Once removed, I cleaned up the head.
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    Today I started working on the haft, cleaning up splinters on the tongue and slimming down the shoulder to seat it further down and to ease the transition and smooth/thin the bulky shoulders.
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    Got it hung today and it's now sitting in some BLO. I did drive a metal step wedge in to this one, only because of the damage to the tongue making it not fill the eye entirely. I don't like step wedges and RARELY use them, and It was hung solid without it, but just in case.................

    You can see it needed some doctoring due to the missing parts of the tongue, so it's not the prettiest, but it's solid and I saved and reused the haft. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and all that...
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    I neglected to take more pics on this one, my bad.......

    I will thin it out a bit more and get it finished up and post more progress and projects.

    Thanks to those that look, like, and comment!!
     
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    Decided to start a couple more with the help of my baby girl and one of my favorite shop buddies.......

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    Hung 2 more so they could join oil bath party with the Montreal.

    First one ready for wedging, no name work horse that's taken a beating.....

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    Wedge driven, nice and solid.........

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    Trimmed up and ready for a bath........

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    In the bucket with the other one for a soak.....
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    ^^^^^^ That double bit is @Terrapin 's from the Mainewoods auction. Haft thinned and hung, needs finished sanding, sharpened, and some oil and she will be all set.

    Got a Collins (see above, took the haft for a boys axe) a while back in trade. Decided to get it hung as well.

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    And in the bucket it goes...............

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    **** The like of saw dust and shavings is from my lovely assistant kicking over the BLO bucket, so the saw dust is soaking it up. Lol
     
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    Good looking little helper there! From the look on her face, it seems like I'd watch out around her and that axe handle:)

    Not doing bad on those hangs either;)
     
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    After a 7wk wait, some Finnish beauties showed up at my door, all the way from their home land.......

    Billnäs 12.2 axe and a vintage Finnish Viiala File!!!! Excited to have these in my collection after wanting a Finnish axe for so long. I now have a box with a bunch more headed my way from Finland.

    What can I say, it was a long wait and I was bored and impatient, do I found a source for more.......... :)

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    My dad wanted his friend to bring a chainsaw over to his place and cut a crabapple branch, and I was having one of it............

    So I gave a saw and a boys axe a little excercise.

    Thinking it will be a good oppertunity to practice a bit of carving and try my hand at spoons. I'm going to be trying to make axe handles in the near future so I can use the practice.

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    I cleaned up this little Craftsman cruiser and trying to decide haft length to hang it on. There is a pic below of it next to my Plumb cruiser I'm working on, and although it weighs 2.4lbs it's quite small. Too small maybe, for a standard cruiser handle.............

    Deciding between going 28" cruiser, 24", or shorter heavy saddle cruiser

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    I like that Craftsman! I'd suggest the 24", but I really have no idea what I'm doing.
     
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    I was thinking that as well, not sure yet.
     
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    Found a cool little hatchet at a vintage market this morning, and was surprised that it wasn't "vintage market" priced.

    Richards & Conover Hardware Company.

    I love a nice embossed head.handle is sweet too but lots of checking, chips, cracks :(

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    The embossing on that one is still exceptionally crisp!
    Great find.
     
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    Been accumulating tools and supplies with the plan to start doing leatherwork, especially for my axes etc. So dove in and made an axe mask for a boys axe today. Didn't quite turn out as planned, and is FAR from perfect with lots of errors, but it's functional and was VERY informative. Looking forward to doing a ton more and getting better.

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    The stitching looks good on that. I'm sure you welted it. It'll work:dblthumb:
     
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    Thanks, yes it's welted. It ain't pretty but it will work. Form follows function, so need to keep practicing. It's not like I dont haave plenty of axes to make them for, and a new Stilwell knife coming shortly.
     
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    My leatherwork is about mediocre, but one thing that really upped it's looks is beveling the edges.
    You could make a tool for it pretty easy, or buy one.
     
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    I used an edge beveler, but the top rolled (as seen in the pic, though the angle makes it look more pronounced than it actually is) when burnishing with a piece of antler.
     
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    Yesterday was a good mail day! Got the sweet little Kelly EverKeen hatchet I snagged off the trade blanket as well as a box full of Finnish goodness.

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    Well you're in the Finnish axe business now!!!
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    I can't help it...........it's s sickness :54:
     
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    Also, putting the finishing touches on @Terrapin 's double bit, and figured I would pull a couple others out for a drink and some sun as well!

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    Finished up @Terrapin 's auction axes, so the Collins twins are boxed up and out the door to him after a bit of a wait on his part.

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    Hit an auction yesterday and got a couple sharp things, as if I need more for the "on deck" boxes.....,

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    US made late Craftsman on fiberglass handle.

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    And a True Temper Vulcan

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    Starting to work on this Kelly Quality EverKeen hatchet. It was loose so I took it off to clean up the head and will re-hang. Just trying to decide if I want to leave the heavy burning or sand it down.

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    Making a mask for it too.
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    Wow they look great! No worries on the wait... I can be very patient for something that nice. Thank you, Aaron
     
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    Been hitting the leather projects more and playing with this sweet Kelly hatchet in and off, but decided to get it knocked out so I cleaned it up and rehung it, and made a mask for it. Just need to finish sharpening. Glad to have this one in my collection.

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    Looking better with every one!
    That's a nice little Kelly.
     
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    Picked up a nice unmarked single bit on a Forrest King handle. Needs rehung bit it'll be a good one I think!

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    Also picked up this beveled boys axe and Collins jersey from a member.

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    Nice pick-ups. That red single bit might have a small letter # combo on it somewhere. I have one that looks just like it, its a nice hard bit, and a good high centerline too. I'm almost positive they are Kelly woodslashers.
     
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    Yup, B34. I'm pretty sure you're right. I was bummed about being 30sec too late for a $1 double bit but I'm pretty happy with this one. Once rehung it'll be a good one for sure.
     
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    It's already on a decent handle too, even if you do need to rehang it. Good buy!
     
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    Nice handle for sure.
     

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