Setting a big axe ~ finished post 9

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  1. Kelly W

    Kelly W Love the Axe Supporter

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    This is an on going project I've posted about before. I've fixed the edge, less a finish sharpening. Have Shaved the haft for a nice hand and fitted it to the shoulder. Today I wanted to get it wedged up tight and ready for it's edge.

    Here she is ready for phase 3. This is a chopper. Whole package is about 5 lbs on a 32 inch haft.

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    One of the most important things when setting a head is to ensure the kerf is about 2/3 the depth of the eye thickness. This one is ready to go.

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    Plenty sticking out the top and a nice kerf to drive the wedge.

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    Nice thin wedge

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    Was a nice drive in. I've no doubt this one is tight.

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    I cut the wedge off with a saw then use a rasp to get a decent smooth top. This ones pretty good.

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    Here she is soaking. I intend to finish the edges tomorrow and will post it.

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    Thanks for looking. These fine cutters need to be saved.
     

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  2. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Nice job!
     
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    Muleman77 Hobbyist Hobbyist

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    Looks like an airtight fit!

    That big honey's just looking for something to chop now, and I bet you are too! ;)
     
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    I am always o impressed with your work. Thank you for sharing!

    I really need to get off my rump and start saving some of these gems too!
     
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    That looks great!! Reminds me I need to get handles for a few and haft them up!
     
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    Crusher0032 Appalachian Arthfael

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    I heated my home for an entire winter a few years back with a very similar Kelly I rescued from eBay and hafted. They're fine axes that love to be used, and will be able to serve their purpose long after any of us are gone. There are many fine axes, but Kellys are my favorite.
     
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    Nice job!!!
     
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    Nice job. Very satisfying to restore an old tool.
     
  9. Kelly W

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    Well, it's done. This thing is a monster in a good way. I guess I'd forgotten how far I took the edge. I did polish it a little but it is hung and sharp. I treated the beauty with a lot of respect as I was finishing it up.

    Here is the top of the eye when I took it out of the oil this morning. Nice and tight. saturated.

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    Picture don't do it justice. A pile of power on the end of this stick.

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    The head is a very nice example. Beat up just enough.

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    Sweet stamp

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    Quite sharp too.

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    Got one more of these to get fixed up. I really like these ole swampers. I'll take it out during the week and share some action pics. Thanks for looking.
     
  10. Mr. Tettnanger

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    Fantastic!
     
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    That's a beaut. Perfect grain and a very nice wedge job. Love those TT doubles.
     
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    Looks great!
     

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