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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 06-10-2009 05:20 AM 2365 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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degoose

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 05:28 AM

Topam AX Survivor hey.
A lot of jocks start with square and use the lathe to make it round,, you my friend are different,
Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 05:34 AM

Now that it’s properly squared up, it’s ready for the lathe :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 05:43 AM

neat !! original post … fun to read about

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 05:48 AM

Thats actually a lot of work to do. I do it occasionally with my short hatchet and it is a lesson in labor.

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 07:17 AM

Another good lesson from the “Old School”

Great job!

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 07:38 AM

Thats going to be the smallest log cabin in the world, is for a hamster? :-)

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 06-10-2009 08:05 AM

I don’t think I could do enough for a hampster. I can auger out 3 or 4 round holes, dig a bit more out with chisels and have a bird condo :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-10-2009 08:42 AM

Now that it’s properly squared up, it’s ready for the lathe :-))

LOL !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#9 posted 06-10-2009 11:53 AM

I think you’re on to something there Bob. That looks like an eco-friendly way to to do things, if we don’t take the food into account. Seriously though, it’s a great way to quickly prepare a log for further work. I sometimes cut some logs about 6ft long and split them with wedges before smoothing them with axe and drawknife before I cut them into bowl pieces for the lathe. It’s actually very efficient, and more importantly it’s cheap!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Junji

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#10 posted 06-10-2009 01:31 PM

REally interesting story. I don’t have any axe, but maybe I should get it too!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#11 posted 06-10-2009 01:55 PM

wait a minute! your firewood is MAPLE????

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Don K.

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#12 posted 06-10-2009 05:05 PM

wait a minute! your firewood is MAPLE????

LOL…kind of like lighting your cigars with hundred dollar bills !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#13 posted 06-10-2009 05:41 PM

wait a minute! your firewood is MAPLE????

LOL…kind of like lighting your cigars with hundred dollar bills !!!

Depends of the area of the country. Where I am we burn maple and red oak and we burn a lot of it. And every house lot has hundred foot white pine trees on it. I read here about people who have walnut and cyprus and hickory and such… you’ve got to walk a long ways in the woods where I am to find any such animal. Most of them don’t exist here. And where I am we’re all woods.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#14 posted 06-10-2009 07:36 PM

You have done the job so well. I have never seen the use of axe for such a useful job. You are great!
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 06-10-2009 10:24 PM

I’ve burned cords of it in the past. I saw a pickup load of maple firewood last weekend. I wondered what kind of figure it had?? This block is from thinning at the tree farm.

http://s730.photobucket.com/albums/ww302/Dopamax/?action=view&current=TFMapleThin02.jpg&newest=1

http://s730.photobucket.com/albums/ww302/Dopamax/?action=view&current=TFaldersthin02.jpg&newest=1

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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