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Froe - leaf spring and red oak

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-08-2017 01:34 AM 1814 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend made three froes from leaf springs. In exchange for making three handles, I got one of them. Took a piece of inch-and-a-half square red oak, cut it into roughly 17” pieces, planed them square and then to octagons, then used a spokeshave to taper the ends to fit the froes. Two quick coats of BLO and let them dry overnight, and we’ve got new tools!

-- Dave - Minneapolis





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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 03-08-2017 11:08 AM

Great job! These are SO handy when needed.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 03-08-2017 02:12 PM

Good joined effort in making these. The froe has always intrigued me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 03-08-2017 02:18 PM

Can’t beat friends like that … good job!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 03-08-2017 03:09 PM

David, this is a beautiful tool. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 03-08-2017 06:05 PM

Well done.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 03-09-2017 11:10 AM

Thanks all! All three of us wanted froes for various reasons. One has a log too large for his sawmill that he wants to split some pieces from so it’ll fit. Another, who made the blades, wants to make handles for other tools he makes, and believes riven handles are stronger than cut. Me, I want to work with hand tools as much as possible, and having a froe means I can split smaller pieces out without firing up a noisy power tool.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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mafe

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#7 posted 03-10-2017 02:05 AM

Lovely tool and handle.
Congat.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Lazyman

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#8 posted 03-10-2017 04:08 AM

Cool. Do you know if he hardened the blade or is the steel from the leaves hard enough?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 03-10-2017 09:43 AM

Nathan, he hardened the blade to “straw colored”, I think. The leaves weren’t hard enough as-was. A previous attempt was over-hardened and too brittle, so he changed up some things. Not certain of all of the details.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#10 posted 03-14-2017 11:38 PM

Since he bend it round, he had to heat it, so he would have had to re harden it.
Heat to cherry, the cool in oil, reheat to 200 degrees app one hour, look for straw color on metal.
That’s it. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 03-15-2017 12:34 AM

Yeah, there was an oil quenching in there, Mads. He used canola oil, since the previous time with motor oil stank too much. I don’t know the time or temp for the re-heating to straw colored, but suspect the 200 degree temperature you mention is C and we think in F here, so it would be 400 or so. I’ll try to remember to ask next time I see him.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 03-15-2017 02:09 AM

Love it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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