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Project by Levex posted 10-21-2015 12:39 AM 1016 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s the most recent bowl carving tool that I’ve built, a modified elbow adze.

For this blade I purchased a couple of feet of annealed 4140 alloy bar stock from a specialty steel shop in town. The cost was $16 LF for a 2” wide by 1\4” thick bar.

I cut the blade to length and width with a hack saw and ground out the edge on my bench grinder. I put a very gentle sweep on the blade, (about a #2 sweep), by heating it up with a torch and bending it over a very small anvil I have. I then drilled and counter sunk two holes for screws, (before hardening the blade this time).

It took two tries to get the blade to properly harden. I didn’t get it hot enough the first time but was successful on the second try by getting it orange hot with my torch. I quenched it in automatic transmission fluid and tempered it on a bbq for an hour at around 400 degrees C. I’m really pleased with how well the blade turned out. It was a bit of work getting it properly sharpened but it is still holding a good edge after a lot of time spent whacking away on a piece of maple.

The handle was made from some oak I salvaged out of a pallet. I’ve got a bunch of this stuff and it’s great material, nice and hard, with just a few nail holes for character. To keep the handle as strong a possible I made it in two pieces to keep the grain running in the right direction. I hand cut the saddle joint and glued it up with PL Prem.

The blade is attached with two #10 screws, two part epoxy, and wrapped with paracord for good measure.

I’ve never used an adze before and I’m having as much fun using this one as I did building it. I’ll build another one as soon as I can make or find a swage block to create a blade with an even greater sweep.

Cheers!





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htl

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#1 posted 10-21-2015 03:52 AM

Nicely done!
Your hand made tools look like they will really chew up some wood.
We may need to start calling you the wood butcher me thinks. lol

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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CFrye

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#2 posted 10-21-2015 05:08 AM

Great job, Lexex! I’ve been on the hunt for a bowl adze, hadn’t really considered making one. I may have to reconsider that! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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upchuck

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 05:29 AM

Levex-
Nice work. My attempt at the same thing resulted in a malformed blade and I gave up in frustration.
chuck

P.S. I also see that the hook knife I read about earlier in the day is your work. I admire both of these shop made tools and aspire to similar results

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GerardoArg1

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#4 posted 10-21-2015 11:37 AM

So beatiful. Congratulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 10-21-2015 12:07 PM

Looks very nice and functional.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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