Norlund cruiser refurb.. I wanted to save the haft. WIP

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  1. Kelly W

    Kelly W Love the Axe Supporter

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    This Norlund is one of my favorite cruisers. Was hafted but fairly useless except for looking at. I want to get it off the handle and grind it to usable edges.

    We start here.

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    Tight mount with metal wedge that needs to go

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    First thing I did was use a Phillips screw driver to score me some punch marks beside the metal and along the top of the wooden wedge

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    Then I drill along my punch marks to remove material from the wooden wedge

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    Get as much material out without compromising the top of the haft

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    Then I use a sturdy flat screw driver to pry out the metal wedge

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    This is what ya want to see

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    Then drift the haft out of the head

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    Success. You can tell this was a pretty tight mount

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    No real damage to the haft so we are good to proceed

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    On to working with the steel and improving the mount as well

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  2. Kelly W

    Kelly W Love the Axe Supporter

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    On to the head. This baby needs love bad. Neither edge is a working edge

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    I start by taping off one side. I use the tape as a guide to help with uniformity as I grind. Really helps

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    Once happy on one side. Rinse and repeat on the other

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    Very important to keep your work cool. Here's my bath

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    Fair amount of material to remove to get it back in shape

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    Pretty happy at this point. I won't really "sharpen" it till I get it hafted

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    On to the haft. The handle is straight and tight. It had a fair shoulder on it I wanted to reduce and also set it low enough to allow for a clean top.

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    Nothing ground breaking here. I used a rasp to finish off the shoulders to suit me

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    Here she is stuck back together. Not wedged, just fitted.

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    Still some work to do but much closer to a usable tool.

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    I'll update the finish. Thanks for looking.

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    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019
  3. roadend

    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    Looks good so far. Can't wait to see it finished.
     
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    Awesome work! I've got a few myself to work on but I'd have to sit in that ice bath to do so. Texas summer is no joke.
     
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