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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #240 on: February 17, 2020, 01:50:12 pm »
So our friend, Joggie, asked me to make him an axe.  His request was a small camping / throwing axe. 

No problem, I do have a few old axes I acquired recently.  I picked one more and less the size he wants.

I will take you through the process, the way I do / did it.  There is most probably other methods, but I found this to work the best for me. 

1st Step is to get the shape he wants, more or less.  I mark the shape on the metal with a perma marker.
Thereafter it is cutting time, with the small hand grinder and thin cutting disk.  I cut the axe head into pieces and to the required shape, more or less.   :patch: :biggrin:  I also keep a bowl or bucket of water nearby, the material must not get to hot.  Cut a piece and dip the material. 

Once I'm done with the cutting, it is more grinding, this time with the grinding disk, those fat little ones.  I grind aggressively all the rough pieces almost smooth and almost to shape.  Now it's time for the flap disk, 40 grit.  I use the flap disk to shape further until I am almost satisfied.  This is just a further process to smooth all the in-perfections from the heavy grinding.     

Then I use the belt grinder with a 100 grit belt.  I shape the axe head to the dimensions and shape it must be.  The belt grinder gets all the angles right and you have much more control over how much material is taken of.   This machine is just magic.  I also add whatever other shape I want to the axe head with the belt grinder. 

I was happy with the shape and needed to get rid of the rust from the axe head.  If it is heavy rust / dirt, I normally use a 40 grit flap disk to remove it.  This axe was not to bad and I used the bench grinder with the heavy duty buffing disk / roller to clean the axe head.  It cleaned the head perfectly and I liked the end results, so there was no need for the flap disk. 

Now it was time to get the old look back.  Here I use gun blue, smear it over the metal and let dry for a minute or so and then rinse with water.  Now I use a fine grit sandpaper and sand most of the gun blue off, but only lightly so that the gun blue still stays behind in the grooves and so more. 

Then I use some gun oil and smear the axe head with it and let it rest for a while. 

The axe handle was left over piece from an old pick handle I used previously.  I think it is Red Meranti.  I shape the handle to fit the axe head, smooth it a bit and applied linseed oil to it. 

I cut a wedge to size and fit the axe head to the handle, glue the wedge and moer it into place. 

One axe made for Joggie, hope the man will like it.   
 

Phodies to follow showing the process. 


1  Shape marked
2  Remove old handle
3  Handle removed
4  Cut to shape
5  Cooling down
6  More shaping
7  Getting a smoother edge
8  Shape is almost there



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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #241 on: February 17, 2020, 01:54:14 pm »
1  Desired shape
2-5  Polishing
6-8 Gun blue to old look
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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #242 on: February 17, 2020, 01:56:34 pm »
1  Gun oil
2 + 3 Shaping the handle
4-6  Final product without pimping.

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #243 on: February 17, 2020, 02:22:08 pm »
Wowza, thanks for sharing, VA.

Can you elaborate on fixing the axe head to the shaft please. I see a wooden wedge and wood glue.

I've always just hammered in some concrete nails  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #244 on: February 17, 2020, 03:02:40 pm »
Wowza, thanks for sharing, VA.

Can you elaborate on fixing the axe head to the shaft please. I see a wooden wedge and wood glue.

I've always just hammered in some concrete nails  :biggrin:

Ja, I also used to do that.  There is different ways, but I find the wooden wedge to hold good.

At your handle tip, where the axe head will fit, cut a center groove the width off the axe head into the handle.  I use a meat band saw, but you can use any saw for that matter.  Make your wedge is the same wood as your handle or a harder wood.  Glue it and hammer it into the groove once you fixed the axe head to the handle.  Hammer slowly and you must glue it.  You can hammer and once stuck leave a couple of minute and hammer again until it will not go any deeper.  The glue helps as a lubrication and once dry it is almost there forever.   Cut the excess wedge  and wipe the glue that spilled.    You good to go.   

Other menthod is to hammer a metal piece in there, like a piece of flat iron cut to size, but I am not fond of it.  It is almost the same a nails.   :eek7:   :lol8: 

I made this axe and once I fitted the wedge, not waiting for it to dry or settle, I tested it by throwing it into a piece of wood to see if it works.  It held up.    :eek7:
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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #245 on: February 17, 2020, 05:11:09 pm »
Pragtig Louis. Jy kan maar. Ek dink daai is een van die mooiste shapes vir die goed. :thumleft:

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #246 on: February 17, 2020, 06:57:57 pm »

At your handle tip, where the axe head will fit, cut a center groove the width off the axe head into the handle.  I use a meat band saw, but you can use any saw for that matter.  Make your wedge is the same wood as your handle or a harder wood.  Glue it and hammer it into the groove once you fixed the axe head to the handle.  Hammer slowly and you must glue it.  You can hammer and once stuck leave a couple of minute and hammer again until it will not go any deeper.  The glue helps as a lubrication and once dry it is almost there forever.   Cut the excess wedge  and wipe the glue that spilled.    You good to go.   

Hope it makes sense.   :thumleft:

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #247 on: February 17, 2020, 08:05:26 pm »
Pragtig Louis. Jy kan maar. Ek dink daai is een van die mooiste shapes vir die goed. :thumleft:

Dankie ou maat.   :thumleft: 
Wanneer sien ons iets van jou?  Ek bang daai dag, dan gaan my goed weer soos skiewe se gat lyk.   :eek7: :lol8:
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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #248 on: February 17, 2020, 08:07:43 pm »
Nee wat. Jy het hom lekker onder die knie. Ek het nog nie eers begin nie.

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #249 on: February 17, 2020, 08:08:47 pm »
Daai klein byltjies van Durban is net lekker size vir n kombuis kapper

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #250 on: February 17, 2020, 08:11:13 pm »
Nee wat. Jy het hom lekker onder die knie. Ek het nog nie eers begin nie.


Hmmmmm, dis die verskil, ek het hom onder die knie, maar jy het die natuurlike talent.  Hoef nie eens te probeer nie.   :deal:   :thumleft:


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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #251 on: February 19, 2020, 02:59:55 pm »
As WeeStrom says, we like the courier companies, they bring nice stuff.   :lol8:

Received my Kangee Toma Hawk axe.  Beautiful if I may say so myself.  I was however surprised with the size of the axe, it is much smaller than I thought, but I smaak this size.    Now I have a sample to make my own.   :biggrin:

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« Reply #252 on: February 19, 2020, 06:41:54 pm »
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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #253 on: February 20, 2020, 05:11:57 pm »
 Modern day Tomahawk.   :biggrin:  I broke away from the traditional tomahawk look and tried something different.  Can always change it in future.  Still work in progress and will update.   :thumleft:

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #254 on: February 20, 2020, 06:11:54 pm »
Shit, baie mooi Louis.
 

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #255 on: February 20, 2020, 06:21:38 pm »
Shit, baie mooi Louis.

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« Reply #256 on: February 20, 2020, 07:29:46 pm »
@Vis Arend that is just flippen amazing work.

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« Reply #257 on: February 21, 2020, 08:20:46 am »
Shit, baie mooi Louis.

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Re: Axes, Hatchets and Tomahawks
« Reply #258 on: February 21, 2020, 09:05:59 am »
Louis - hoe het jy met daai blou en rooi cord deur die handle gemaak?
 

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« Reply #259 on: February 21, 2020, 09:17:17 am »
Louis - hoe het jy met daai blou en rooi cord deur die handle gemaak?

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