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Sometime ago I mention I could use a Broad axe and adze. I wanted them to help removing some of the dirty bark before sawing logs on my saw mill. Mauricio found a broad axe in an antique store for a better price than any I had seen and we made a deal. Its been sitting in my shop ever since, annoying me because it needed a handle.

We’ll today I decided i should use a draw knife for something. Don’t you know that adze jumped out from under the bench and up on top screaming “pick me” “pick me”.

So I dug out a piece of straight grained ash and grabbed the draw knife. Slowly the handle emerged (ok maybe there was some bandsawing in the middle).

The smaller one is a handle from a flea market. I can claim I made it, I just installed it. I did have to make the wedge however.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 608 days ago

Envy headed your way, as it seems you’re getting quality shop time today…

Nice handle! Good looking broad! (Axe)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 608 days ago

Looks pretty good and ready to chop and hack.

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Mauricio

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#3 posted 608 days ago

Nice! great to see it get a new life.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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mafe

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#4 posted 608 days ago

Wonderful to see new life to that old head.
(The axe I mean).
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Dan Krager

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#5 posted 608 days ago

Life is too short to work with ugly tools.
Finish your nice handle! :)

Ya, envy headed your way. I’m trying to afford a broad axe like that.
DanK
http://s837.beta.photobucket.com/user/kragerd/media/Custom%20Wood%20Products%20Portfolio/HatchetHandle.jpg.html?sort=6&o=6

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Don W

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#6 posted 608 days ago

Nice Dan, that’s to fancy to throw around the saw mill.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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bhog

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#7 posted 608 days ago

Nice form.How does it swing?

What, no cherry?

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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bluekingfisher

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#8 posted 608 days ago

Nice work Don on the handle, however, I’m confused? is an adze not a tool with a curved cutting head, used for scopping out? I could be wrong of course I’m no expert on hand tools.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Don W

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#9 posted 608 days ago

bluekingfisher, you are correct. My wording was bad and I’ve edited it to read like it should. What I have pictured is what I believe to be a broad axe.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Dave

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#10 posted 607 days ago

Don it is amazing to me how fast you can produce a handle with a draw knife and a shave. That is some fine work. Great job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DaddyZ

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#11 posted 462 days ago

Nice Axes !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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