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Collins Homestead 2.5LB Cruiser restoration (Pic Heavy)

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Alan2442, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. Alan2442

    Alan2442 Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Jan 12, 2011
    For your viewing pleasure... this is my second attempt at restoring an axe, so any advice on how I can do it better is most appreciated.

    I picked it up with a group of old tools from the antique shop the other day. I tried to leave a little of the shoulder sticking out the top of the eye. I remembered reading it was safer that way. I am not overly proud of my attempt to sand it down, but i figured i should just stop when i got it semi presentable less i screw it up even worse. I haven't figured out how to make the edge of the bit not look like its been filed down. I may take some fine grit sand paper to it tomorrow and see if I can clean it up some. It may look messy but I assure you it will shave hair. Speaking if which that was the other lesson I learned...don't put the final edge on it till your done attaching the head to the new stick...i'm covered in small cuts right now:(.


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    Thanks for reading
     
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  2. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Be thankful they're not large cuts. ;)

    Once they're sharp just put a couple layers of tape over the edge until you're finished hanging it.

    I like to finish the edge at the vise. Finished haft and finished axe head come together at the end.
     
  3. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    Looks good. Congrats on a cruiser so early on and in perfect condition.
     
  4. Alan2442

    Alan2442 Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Jan 12, 2011
    Thanks...That's a good idea with the tape.


    COTS I appreciate it. Think my next project is going to be that pick I got ahold of the other day.
     
  5. SC T100

    SC T100

    Apr 2, 2014
    Looks great! That head appears essentially unused.
     
  6. Double Ott

    Double Ott

    Jan 3, 2011
    You have a nice Collins. I love Cruisers and yours sure cleaned up very nicely. You did a good job restoring her. Another one saved for now and future generations.

    Tom
     
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  7. Alan2442

    Alan2442 Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Jan 12, 2011
    Thanks...I have a true full sized zenith and a few single bits in the soaker now
     
  8. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Nice job. Damn those bits are thick, you can tell that came out of Mann Edge Tool Co in the early 80s.
     
  9. Alan2442

    Alan2442 Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Jan 12, 2011
    Operator how can you tell? I don't have enough experience yet to know where an axe was made when yet.
     
  10. DarthTaco123

    DarthTaco123

    Mar 28, 2013
    The cheeks are flat and it has the grinding on the top and bottom. Most older Homstead axes had convex cheeks and were actually stamped Homestead.
     
  11. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Bits are thick, it came out of main die press as one big old axe, then actually chopped by a metal cutter into shape, hence by the marks on top and bottom. No curvature to the cheeks, just flat. The blue and homestead sticker represent the time when Mann Edge Tool had the Collins line. Early/mid 80s on that guy.
     
  12. Alan2442

    Alan2442 Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Jan 12, 2011
    I appreciate the info
     
  13. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    That thing will do basically whatever you want - nice find!
     
  14. Guitarist7.62

    Guitarist7.62

    282
    Mar 1, 2015
    By leaving some the handle exposed atop the head, your pushing that material over top the axe head and locking it in place. Hope you understand what I mean.
     
  15. Alan2442

    Alan2442 Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Jan 12, 2011
    Yup...completely understand
     
  16. Guitarist7.62

    Guitarist7.62

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    Mar 1, 2015
    If you want the edge to look like it hasn't been touched with a file, take some sand paper with a soft backer(mouse pad works good) then clamp the head down, and move the sand paper back and forth towards the eye. Be careful not to cut the sandpaper. This will give a slightly polished edge, and will make it look a file was never used. Doesn't matter what grits you use, or how high of grits you go.
     
  17. SkipJunkie

    SkipJunkie

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    Jul 16, 2018
    I have the same one and love it.
     
  18. dirc

    dirc

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    Jan 31, 2018
    are there any modern versions of this available?? (from any quality mfg?)
     
  19. Drum4fun

    Drum4fun

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    Mar 21, 2018
    Wow...nice tool. Interrogating the historical threads here on "Homestead" ... I was
    led to believe they were middling "meh" in the Collins line... now I see this beauty
    and regret passing on a Homestead single bit recently. Nice work Alan.

    Charles
     
  20. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Barco still makes a 'Kelly Woodslasher' cruiser. One got a bad review here a few years back. I'd like to see another one reviewed. I think the one reviewed was likely overheated during grinding and given a spotty temper.

    https://www.barcodirect.com/p/205/2...chigan-double-bit-cruiser-axe-w28-wood-handle
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2018

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