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Old 29-03-2012, 07:23 PM
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Not put anything on here for a while so thought I'd put up a few photos from my latest project.

I found an old axe head in my dads cellar, just sat in a corner rusting quietly. Handle was rotten where the head mounted on it so had to come off.

This is the head after I ran a wire brush wheel over it and lightly files the bevels clean.


Axe head 1 by subZero rider, on Flickr


Axe makers mark1 by subZero rider, on Flickr

The bevels were uneven, looks as if it was a side axe that was previously sharpened on both sides


Axe bevels 4 by subZero rider, on Flickr


Axe bevels 3 by subZero rider, on Flickr

After some advice over on Bushcraft UK I filed the bevels roughly even, and started to try and sharpen the edge.


partially restored head by subZero rider, on Flickr

part polished bevels by subZero rider, on Flickr


rough fit by subZero rider, on Flickr

LOoked for a handle locally but couln't find anywhere to go and look at one, so I played safe and bought a GB SFA handle with wedges. Started sanding and rasping to get a rough fit.


sanding down by subZero rider, on Flickr


part fitted2 by subZero rider, on Flickr


part fitted by subZero rider, on Flickr


bare haft by subZero rider, on Flickr

Got a nice tight fit, had to hammer it on with a rubber mallet. Had to widen the slot slightly but got the wedges in no problem.


first wedge 5 by subZero rider, on Flickr


first wedge 4 by subZero rider, on Flickr


below head by subZero rider, on Flickr


below head by subZero rider, on Flickr


first wedge 2 by subZero rider, on Flickr

Metal wedge went in next


wedges installed 3 by subZero rider, on Flickr


wedges installed 2 by subZero rider, on Flickr

Head was a nice tight fit, securely wedged in. oiled everything with teak oil, and had oiled the haft that fits inside the head before fitting too.

Finished article looked like this

finished axe2 by subZero rider, on Flickr


finished axe1 by subZero rider, on Flickr


alignment1 by subZero rider, on Flickr


hung axe 2 by subZero rider, on Flickr

I've had a quick play with it on a nearby logging area on what's left (fallen not standing) after the commercial logging. The axe bites nicely into large logs but is not sharp enough to cut whippy branches :-(

More sharpening/polishing required.

hope you like it.

Andy
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Old 29-03-2012, 07:26 PM
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Great stuff Andy i love it when folk bring something back to life,top Job there

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Old 29-03-2012, 07:53 PM
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Thanks Bernie, I've been after an axe for a while now to go with thetwo blades I got from you. Perfect camping combo now :-D

Also got an ESEE 5 to play with which is quite nice, if a touch pricey!
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Old 29-03-2012, 08:00 PM
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Thanks Bernie, I've been after an axe for a while now to go with thetwo blades I got from you. Perfect camping combo now :-D

Also got an ESEE 5 to play with which is quite nice, if a touch pricey!
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Great workmanship


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Old 29-03-2012, 08:54 PM
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Thanks :-)

not as neat as it could be but I got it done in about 2.5 hrs (taking it steady with plenty of test fits). I could maybe have got a neater fit but it's solid enough now. Need to have a play and see what it's capable of :-D
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Nice job there, looks great and will serve you for years to come.
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had a few hours today with a file, bench stones and some wet&dry. Tried to thin the bevels down a bit and neaten up the edge.


sharpened 4 by subZero rider, on Flickr


sharpened 6 by subZero rider, on Flickr


sharpened 5 by subZero rider, on Flickr


sharpened 3 by subZero rider, on Flickr


sharpened 1 by subZero rider, on Flickr

Need to go out and try a bit of shelter building now. It's quite surprising (I've never really used an axe before) how well it trims branches down to points and cuts through wood!
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That looks fantastic!
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