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    You just never know what's under all that rust...ADDED PICS


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    I found two small hatchet heads at the flea market. One was rusted up pretty bad, the other not quite so bad.
    Each went into a vinegar bath for about 60 hours.

    Ended up with a nice Dayton/Delaware type pattern on one. Feels about 1-1/2 lbs. Only says "Cast SteeL' on the head.

    The one that was real rusted up ended saying "Made in Sweden". I think there is less pitting on the surface of the moon. There is what looks to be a 1-4 on the other side. Maybe 1-1/4 lbs?

    Either way, I figure I'd start with the Dayton and post pics as I restore it. I picked up a nice piece of pistaccio wood for the handle. So far I only ran them over a wire brush and then a 3M belt. More to come...

    Last edited by Casehardn; 06-16-2012 at 04:53 PM. Reason: added pics

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    a little pitting builds character in an axe :

    nice finds regardless of a little pitting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearhunter View Post
    a little pitting builds character in an axe :

    nice finds regardless of a little pitting...
    Bear,
    I'm going to take your advice and do a mild restore on that one. I have a neighbor with a bead blaster. He says he can adjust the force of the unit so it doesn't hurt the finish underneath. Maybe I'll drop that one off with him while I work on the other.

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    Just finished the first hatchet.
    Picked out a piece of Pistaccio wood, made a sketch to follow and carved out a rough handle.
    Then I sanded out the details and fit the head to it. Very secure fit. Took down a 5 inch beech tree in about 2 minutes.
    Head stayed nice & tight. Now I need to make a sheath for it. 5 Pics posted below.

    http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/...n/P1000896.jpg
    http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/...n/P1000897.jpg
    http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/...n/P1000898.jpg
    http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/...n/P1000899.jpg

    Will work on number 2 hatchet next.

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    Nicely done! Say, did you use a sander/grinder or by hand? Just curious that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casehardn View Post
    Good stuff!

    Love it.

    What's the finish?

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    that is one beautiful handle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blunt Forged Edge View Post
    Nicely done! Say, did you use a sander/grinder or by hand? Just curious that's all.
    Head was with a sander. Very slow process and light pressure so no heat build-up.
    The handle was carved with a draw knife and then put on the sander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SR69 View Post
    Good stuff!

    Love it.

    What's the finish?
    The finish is sanded with 600 grit, then I use Danish oil (2 coats). When the wood won't absorb more oil, I complete with a beeswax rub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casehardn View Post
    The handle was carved with a draw knife and then put on the sander.
    It's beautiful. Pistachio did you say? Looks great.

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    That's lovely!

    Gorgeous handle.

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    Nice find, great restoration and beautiful work on the handle!

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    Very nice work!

    Jeff
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