|Project by TopamaxSurvivor||posted 06-10-2009 05:20 AM||2420 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
Here is a block of maple I squared up with a broad hatchet. I’ve always been curious about making timbers with a broad axe. I decided to try it with a round of firewood that was cut about 6 months ago. It is slightly checked on the ends, but nothing too serious. I just started by making a few chops going down the log, turned it over and made a few coming back the other way. I kept it up until I had a flat side. Did the other and had parallel sides. Made a couple square sides and the whole thing is as good as I can get it by eye with a hatchet. I would have to use a square, draw knife and a plane to get it any better.
There have been a few posts about cutting rounds in the band saw and the associated problems. Here is one way out of the dilemma, flatten a side with a broad axe. I suppose you could do pretty well with a regular axe if you don’t have a broad axe, but I haven’t tried it yet.
-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence