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Project by jeffswildwood posted 04-25-2017 10:52 PM 871 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On one of my last trips to work prior to retiring, my friend, co-worker and car pool buddy said he would like me to make him something to remember me by. I explained to him “dude, we only live 10 minuets away, I’m just retiring, not dead”, we had a laugh. So I asked him what he had in mind. He said “maybe a trash can holder”. I laughed and said “what, so you can think of me every time you take out the trash”? Another good laugh.

I could not come up with a good idea until I saw a project on the lumberjocks home page under the “we love to work the wood” section. It was an ax made by lumberjock Rxmpo way back in 6/29/2011 for a fire fighter friend of his (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50417) (gotta give credit)! As it turned out, my friend was also a fire fighter. Perfect I thought. So I went to work. Turns out it’s not a hard project but a lot of fun to make. He will stop by my house tomorrow to pick it up and does not know he is getting this so it should be a nice surprise. Hope he likes it!

The ax head and risers are made from walnut and the handle from gummy cherry with a lot of quilting. (I now have a LOT of this). The handle is joined to the head with mortise and tenon. The base is made from the legendary wormy chestnut. Sanded to 600 grit and coated with danish oil. Thanks all for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".





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luv2learn

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 11:18 PM

I can see you crafted this ax thoughtfully with your friend in mind. Nicely done Jeff.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 11:19 PM

Excellent project. If you ever met or know any adult Boy Scouts, ask them if they are Wood Badge certified. This will make an excellent gift for them as well.

-- Bob

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 11:24 PM

As long as you guys were good friends, and you know him well, I guess it’s OK to make him a axe. LOL.
It will be a great gift. This is a wall hanger that would great over a fireplace. Nice job Jeff.

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

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 04-25-2017 11:56 PM

Thanks for the comments guys! Lee, when I saw it I knew it was perfect for him. Bob, I also thought it would be great for boy scouts as well. Dave, I made sure to take the edge of the head….just in case. I’ll post his reaction when he gets it tomorrow morning. Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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ralbuck

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 12:02 AM

Very neat and pretty too.

Hope he does not think you have an AXE TO GRIND!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#6 posted 04-26-2017 12:23 AM

Really nice Jeff, I bet he loves this!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 04-26-2017 12:27 AM

Nice to have a friend that lives 10 minutes away and still misses you. Nice gift and if you ever have any differences you can always bury that hatchet. But Seriously nothing beats having a good friend! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 04-26-2017 01:27 AM

Beautiful work Jeff! Way cool, I’m sure your buddy will love it. Even better than a prison shank!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 04-26-2017 07:44 AM

The ax is great idea! It will be real memory which will last. I like that walnut ’’metal’’ part.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-26-2017 09:36 AM

Looks great, Jeff! What is ‘gummy’ cherry?

-- God bless, Candy

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jeffswildwood

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#11 posted 04-26-2017 11:11 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone! Ralbuck, Thanks, I hope he don’t think about an axe to grind, maybe bury the hatchet like Tony said. Jerry and Ivan, I am hoping he likes it, Ken, thanks, I guess we saw our share of those “prison shanks” I’m saving that idea for the swap. Candy, I had never heard of gummy cherry either, but with a new planer I found some and I had my lumberjocks buddy’s identify it. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/214418 Thanks everyone for the comments and for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 04-26-2017 12:25 PM

Update on the project, It has been picked up and went over better then I could have expected. Well received!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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averagedadworkshop

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#13 posted 04-26-2017 12:48 PM

Beautiful Jeff!

-- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

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jeffswildwood

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#14 posted 04-26-2017 02:49 PM

Thanks averagedad, I appreciate it. Thanks for looking and the comment!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 04-26-2017 03:22 PM

This project turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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