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    It looks like a House Handle except that the octagoning is too clean.

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    This are not from today - but over the last week. All hafts from House Handle:

    #1) 2 1/4 LB GBA Boy's Axe - 28" haft. This one was pretty beat up. I needed to do some special work to take out the mushrooming and straighten the eye.







    #2) 2 1/4 Pound GAB Boy's Axe - 28" haft. This needed some work as well and the bit is thinner than most - but makes an awesome user - especially for limbing.







    #3) Plumb - 2 LB Hatchet on 14" haft.







    #4) Collins Boy Scout Hatchet. No logo - but the same size as a standard BSA. 14" haft:









    #5) Plumb BSA Hatchet with hammer poll. Modified 14" haft.





    #6) Plumb BSA Hatchet - 14" haft.





    #7) Plumb 3 1/4 Pound Axe - 33" haft.








    TF

  3. #63
    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    It looks like a House Handle except that the octagoning is too clean.
    Yea the house handle octagonal hafts are rough sometimes, out of the 4 I ordered 3 needed trimming and evening of the sides before I used them.

    Nice axe too, looks good.

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    Joe - I find this to be true of their non octagonals. I spend a lot of time evening up the fawns foot and the cheeks on my hafts...

    TF

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    It could well be that I am just seeing things, things presented by the imprecision inherent in posting up home made pictures, and I hope that is the case but in the spirit of maybe offering some constructive criticism with the best of intention I make the following observations, in case #1 and #4 there seems to be some misalignment at hand which has come about because of either a twist in the handle or an unequal amount of wood removed from the cheeks of the inserted portion during the fitting.

    E.DB.

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    EDB:

    Hah! I think you have hit the nail on the head.

    House Handle has had cheeks that were uneven - and VERY large. In fact, I altered these cheeks to even them out. I am VERY VERY careful about hanging them straight on the haft - no twist - no angle - however - I have been reticent to take material off the cheeks. I think I have thought these were made by some sort of magical pattern that could not be altered. What I realize now is that they have way too much cheek and fawns foot so that everyone has enough material make it yours.

    TF

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    House's octagons are often misshapen. For me the challenge is always making the haft symmetrical while leaving as much swell as possible. I don't like small swells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    I hung this 5 pound Norlund last week. I re-used the original handle and refinished it with BLO and tung oil.

    How long is that handle...I have a similar Norlund camp axe head, not the Hudson, that I am modifying....Next is the haft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarnerB View Post
    Collins Legitimus Cedar
    This is the next head style I need.Love the Cedar axe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irongun324 View Post
    Nice hang! Where did you get the handle and did you burn the handle yourself?
    Handle House Model 1630AA octagon option. I did burn it myself, but I do it when I am impregnating the wood with a mixture of waxes, tung/linseed/teak oil. I heat the handle slightly then rub on a thick coat. Let dry and heat again and coat...heat...coat...heat..coat. Pretty soon you have a tacky but smooth finish and flame tempered hickory too. It is similar to what they did here in the Redwoods for the handle on falling axes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 333.okh View Post
    How long is that handle...I have a similar Norlund camp axe head, not the Hudson, that I am modifying....Next is the haft.
    It's 34-1/2". Probably started out as a 35" before hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    It's 34-1/2". Probably started out as a 35" before hanging.
    I will be having one made for my Norlund head in the old scroll knob style...thinking 30-32"

    Oh that octagon handle of mine is a House Handle and it is very straight and clean.

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    This is a 4 lb Collins double bit I hung on a 28" house handle. I don't have a before pic but it was in rough shape... Heavy rust, pitting, and extensive mushrooming on the top edge. I cold blued then lightly sanded for the patina.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bearhunter View Post
    I'm really digging that 'Legitimus' Cedar
    Quote Originally Posted by 333.okh View Post
    This is the next head style I need.Love the Cedar axe!
    Yeah, it's definitely becoming one of my new favorites.
    okh- Nice job on that jersey, too. That wax/oil/flame temper method is a cool idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarnerB View Post
    Yeah, it's definitely becoming one of my new favorites.
    okh- Nice job on that jersey, too. That wax/oil/flame temper method is a cool idea.
    I was told about it and didnt have the right stuff to make it so I mad a potion of the stuff I had...its why there is three different oils in it...But it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 333.okh View Post
    I was told about it and didnt have the right stuff to make it so I mad a potion of the stuff I had...its why there is three different oils in it...But it works.
    I use bee's wax with my BLO on the last coat and then on future coats. Sometimes I will seal around the head and end grain with just the bee's wax also. I came upon a good supple of pure bee's wax so I am set there. If anyone has trouble finding bee's wax the wax ring for toilets was bee's wax last I knew. Not pure and a bit softer but it should work well enough.
    I melt my wax into the oil, use caution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talfuchre View Post
    EDB:

    Hah! I think you have hit the nail on the head.

    House Handle has had cheeks that were uneven - and VERY large. In fact, I altered these cheeks to even them out. I am VERY VERY careful about hanging them straight on the haft - no twist - no angle - however - I have been reticent to take material off the cheeks. I think I have thought these were made by some sort of magical pattern that could not be altered. What I realize now is that they have way too much cheek and fawns foot so that everyone has enough material make it yours.

    TF
    More than enough is right. I guess better than not enough.

    It doesn't take long to make the fawns foot to my liking, they are to thick every where for me. Not a huge issue but if they made handles like the vintage ones I would not have to bother.

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    A Hoe and a carpenters hammer. Both with House Handle hickory and the hammer was also one of their octagonal handles; kind of like that!

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    Catching up on documenting some recent works. This is probably the more interesting two thirds of what I've got hung lately... Some need a little more touching up but I needed a break from rasping and filing and sanding :-) If it would ever stop raining I'd take some better pictures outside.

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    6.5 pound(!) Kelly World's Finest and a WC Kelly Rockaway on what was a beefy old straight handle that I cut off, reshaped and put just a bit of curve into.

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    AmericanAx Jersey and a Plumb hatchet.

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    4 pound unmarked (but for the weight) Maine pattern and an R King hatchet.
    Last edited by VintageAxe; 07-03-2013 at 05:58 PM.

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    Four pound Flint Edge Jersey that belonged to my father in law on an old handle salvaged from another axe, and an unmarked old Jersey with a slightly softer shape.


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    4.5 pound Flint Edge Connecticut, and an R King Connecticut that's about 3.5.

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    Old John King boy's axe (can't remember if I posted pictures of this before) and a Kelly Woodslasher boy's axe.

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