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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Irongun324, May 1, 2013.
Both good looking hangs on good looking handles!
Whoops, made a bad swing. Overstrikes kill!
Just drove it on there, off the shelf. A good quality in often used axes, is a well sized eye, if you can get a well sized handle!
These Tennessee's in 26" and 28" are at my saw shop, and have been pretty consistent this way.
That needs adjusting
We're in it for about 15 minutes, including removing the old handle and touching up the edge.
Oiled up all night, and she's Back to work!
MM77--nothing says logger like an Old Hickory Loggers Shirt!
Eh, I guess this counts as “rehanging” my drink holder or cooper’s anvil, stump anvil, Bickern, beak horn, fancy coaster, stake anvil, and regionally a beer mat.
Not sure if the stamp says CROMLEY or CROWLEY. It did come from England.
I got this gnarled plumb stump and hit it with some Royal Plumb stain then made a hammer holder from a WWI leather strap and rusty 1” antique tacks.
Man must be nice 16 bucks for a 28 inch handle.Was way far away today and stopped at another ace hardware 14.99 for 14 inch hatchet handles 20.99 for crap 36 in handles.Your an artist itvd.
Same deal here at hardware stores. Ace, true value, both have raised the price at least that high. Today, at True Value i noticed 32" double bit handles were 38.00.
Theres 3 saw shops I go to regularly, here and two other towns. They all have these same Tennessee hickorys for about this price.
Boy, that looks great. Nice hammers to go with it too.
That’s nuts,paid 40 for a 32 inch handle from Canada that was riven and air dried.Being stupid expensive local will only make me pay more for better quality.Maybe that’s good guess rather support someone who cares and pays attention,the link handles are all kind of all over the place warped and twisted.
It’s somewhat humorous why I rehung this hammer. It used to have a single wedge in it and wasn’t sitting down very far on the shoulder. I did it a long time ago and just didn’t take my time with it.
So, I’m showing the hammer head to a couple guys and one says to me “Did you hang it?”
That was all the public shaming required to know it wasn’t good enough. LoL
I wasn’t as embarrassed by this hang.
That may have to do with the grade of handles the hardware stores are ordering. Stores may be asking for the cheapest thing they can get which will be the Grade B handles.
I bought this for the handle. But when I took the head off it revealed itself to be a Woodslasher. So It got rehung back where it belonged.
Got the coal miners track axe hung on an old DB handle I had cut down to 18".
And a no name 3# hung on a link handle.
That's a fine looking Jersey!
So, I've returned to this and viewed it 3 times now. I have not commented up until now because I did not know if I could find the right words to accompany how impressed I am with this. I'm just going to blurt out well done, this is freaking awesome! There now that is out of the way. How long was the spike on that? Did you core out a hole and then chisel the rest? What was the process? It looks like very precise work per usual. Great job! thank you for sharing!
Thank you very much! I was inspired by another I saw and it may not be my last. I got a bead on some in France that are frickin’ insane!! Like from the 1700’s with crazy markings. (If anyone wants a 300 year old anvil and to split the shipping cost for a pallet from Europe let me know. This one was under 40 kilograms so it could go airmail.)
But this stake is 6” long and 2”sq tapering to 1”sq at the bottom.
The socket started out as a bit of a chore. It took some drilling, chiseling, and filing. But the wood was so hard and deep in there was still green, it was very difficult to work. The 6” socket started getting too deep for my chisel to be effective. But just in time I remembered this thing that I bought years ago, never had a use for before, and sat forgotten about in the bottom of my sawzall bag. The wood file attachment.
Holy cow! It was made for this!
I wish I had remembered it sooner. It made the rest of the job so easy! LoL
The spike is relatively long for the 18” tall anvil. It can be turned any direction and is very stable when dropped in the socket.
I’m thinking I’ll let the stump dry for like a year and finish checking. Then I might do a crazy color epoxy resin like a pearl purple or maybe metallic black just in the checking. Something like this:
It's a beautiful anvil stand. But as tough as plumb is I think you would be better off with a round that would better facilitate the addition of a band or two. And I think you would need to bark it. I lean toward utility rather than toward art. Combining both would be cool.
AWESOME! Thank you for the additional detail. It looks great!!
Err aaaah... Good grief! LoL.
You probably wouldn’t have stained and lacquered it either.
We have very different visions in mind. How boring a barked round would be, I picked it for the burl and beautiful bark.
Anyway, I’m not sure what you think I plan to do with it but again this thing is in retirement as a drink holder.
That wood is so heavy and hard as a rock, it’s not going to split under the weight of my beer or even if I put it to hard use like the occasional light tapping on a rivet with a cobblers hammer.
Here is something else I did just to make it easier on myself. So I didn’t have to keep lifting up the anvil for test fitting in the socket, I made a casting of the stake using some plaster cloth as a mold and high strength dental plaster to fill it.
For just coming up with something using stuff I had, it worked like a charm.