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WayneC

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1097 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question axe hatchet lie-nielson shaping milling carving traditional

I saw this quote today while reading The Anarchist's Tool chest and it got me thinking. Chris Schwarz says ”Having a good hatchet in your hand is a safe, effective and medically proven way to raise your testosterone level. It is a great thing to be sharpening when your daughter’s date shows up at the house. Oh, and it is useful for woodwork as well.”

Being a father of a daughter who successfully survived her teenage years, I would agree about it’s use for perspective sutiors. However, my question to you is do you use a carpenter’s hatchet in your woodworking and if so, what do you use and how do you incorporate it into your work?

I have seen a number for sale. For example Lie-Nielson has one for about $100…

http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php?cat=558

Any recommendations for a good tool? Do you use a vintage tool? Any photos?

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


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Bertha

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#1 posted 1097 days ago

My fiance’ told me that she wants a hatchet of her own. This is a true story. She couldn’t give me an example of one thing she’d do with it. It made me nervous, so it is forbidden.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 1097 days ago

^^^ He said “Forbidden” in the same paragraph as “she” and “her”... lol ... someday you will understand my mirth, grasshopper…

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 1097 days ago

I actually have (and have actually used) a PLUMB-branded Boy Scout hatchet that was my oldest brother’s, from the 60s. It’s good when pulled along an edge, like a drawknife, to hog off material that has been otherwise scored by chopping. It’s beveled on both sides of the edge, though, so not a true carpenter’s tool, alas. But I think I’ll get by. :-)

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

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Napaman

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#4 posted 1097 days ago

I have used a hatchet…but I cant say for wood working…I do have two daughters though…so I can see the virtue in keeping it sharp…and around…or around to sharpen?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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WayneC

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#5 posted 1097 days ago

Kind of like cleaning your gun in that country song…..

Al, LOL. I would have thought that what she would using the hatchet for would be obvious…

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

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reggiek

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#6 posted 1097 days ago

Seriously, I have and use my little campers hatchet….I used it alot when I was building and framing…it is great for cutting slots in studs….etc. I have seen carving hatchets in several catalogs….but have not really found any need for one in my finish woodworking. There are many tools that do the work that an axe could do….without the serious dangers involved (a spokeshave for shaving long pieces, a chisel for chipping off smaller pieces….etc…etc.).

Now, as a deterrent….a hatchet is one great piece of discouragement….i.e. the possible suitor….the possible competitor..the guy demanding your money or wallet…..the jerk that cuts you off on the highway…..quite a few possible uses in that regards…LOL

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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jjw5858

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#7 posted 1097 days ago

Hatchet skills are great to build on in old school galoot woodworking, I know Roy Underhill is big on using one from cutting out various shapes verses always using a bow/frame saw, etc. With that said I have used one a little here and there but still love using a handsaw, cope, or bow saw mostly for all of my handtool projects. Lie Nielson is top shelf though…..if you are going that route. The Hatchet is traditionaly the wood and wheelrights way, in reading the Wheelrights Shop text….you will read and learn much of how these incredible artisans used one…..just be careful and have fun!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 1097 days ago

Nope… Use it only for fixin for a fire… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1097 days ago

My ex-girlfriend’s Dad was actually cleaning guns on his porch when I picked her up on our first date. If he was sharpening a hatchet with a rock whilst wearing overalls and drinking rye from a mason jar, perhaps it would have made more of an impression.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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WayneC

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#10 posted 1097 days ago

I know of an Antiques store I will have to check out that had a bunch of hachets. See if I can find a Carpenter’s version there. Not sure I want to plunk down $100 just to try one out.

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

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Cosmicsniper

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#11 posted 1097 days ago

Definitely useful for framing, whether notching out birdmouths in rafters or slots in studs. I’ve also been known to make a tomato stake with one…and similarly, to stake out a refenence string for gardening, or whatnot.

I also used it’s larger cousin, the ax, to remove roots from my stubborn, long gone Bradford pear tree.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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bent

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#12 posted 1097 days ago

i’ve used one for rough shaping bowl blanks. that was before i had a good sized bandsaw.

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Dan

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#13 posted 1097 days ago

Old Hatchets seem to sell for a lot on Ebay. I have used them for splitting firewood but cant think of a use for one in my shop.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Tedstor

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#14 posted 1097 days ago

I’m not able to post pics at the moment, but I have a “Box Hatchet”. As the name implies, a tool that is used to seal, open, disassemble, or destroy boxes and crates. I bought the one in the link. Its far from refined….....and far from $100. I typically use it to bust-up pallets or some other type of destructive activity. Its a cheap tool that everyone could use from time to time.

http://www.garrettwade.com/box-hatchet/p/08A01.01/

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crank49

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#15 posted 1097 days ago

When I was a kid, bout 50 years ago, Stanley Tools had a handle mill in town. It was a source of income for some folks around here to make hickory splits for the handle mill. It was amazing to watch how some people could take a stump about 2 ft in diameter and 1-1/2 to 2 ft long and reduce it to little sticks that were 2” x 2” x whatever the log length was. Splayed that sucker open like a “blooming onion” just using a carpenter’s hatchet. And some of these guys could make 1000’s of those splits in a day; for a nickel each.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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