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Need an axe?

by Willy / February 16, 2013 / 9:56 AM UTC

I checked out this website because it was found in a sports magazine. Maybe, I thought if I got a better axe, it would make life easier. Well, as you can see its expensive and outright not what I needed. I realize these are custom or special axes, but come on... -----Willy Happy

http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/Broad-Axes/products/526/

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A finishing axe??
by Steven Haninger / February 16, 2013 / 10:12 AM UTC
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I tried my hand at woodworking years ago and finishing tools were to make fine adjustments to your workpiece. You'd use scrapers to level and compress the top layer prior to applying varnish and such. But a finishing axe? Can't imagine what that's for if not to deal with a project you've become disgusted with.

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(NT) building log cabins
by James Denison / February 16, 2013 / 10:16 AM UTC
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For log cabins
by Steven Haninger / February 16, 2013 / 10:47 AM UTC
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(NT) building pine boxes?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2013 / 10:18 AM UTC
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My best axe was
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2013 / 10:15 AM UTC
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From a garage sale. They seem to go cheap there. Even cheaper with a broken handle which if you own an axe you know what to do next.
Bob

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I need a new handle on mine
by James Denison / February 16, 2013 / 11:45 AM UTC
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Turns out you can buy the wedge in hardware stores too which helps firm the handle to the axe. Instead I plan to take my table saw and cut out center core (heartwood) from a landscape tie and carve the end to fit. I wish the hole in axes were like the one on my heavy hoe, with a sloping collar instead of straight. On that you can slide the new handle through the hole and then it hits the widening end where it can be hammered down tight and a bit of wood left for later tightening if needed. For axe handles they do it backwards it seems. I suppose I could make one that would slip through the axe hole the same way.

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There's only one axe Bro,the VTAC....
by Tony Holmes / February 16, 2013 / 12:42 PM UTC
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E-tool... :)
by Willy / February 16, 2013 / 5:41 PM UTC

Woooo, I never got one. All I was ever issued was a sledgehammer to drive my grounding rods for SSB radios and van. Call the SeaBees to move brush away if we're lucky to have them near. Std. axe, hammer and long hand sickle otherwise, due to snakes and varmits control.

This was a highly sought after item, but the QM never seems to have anything in stock. They still make it as i saw it too in the magazine.

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/wwii-usmc-woodmans-pal-survival-fighting-axe

Us Jarheads usually had better luck buying something at the surplus shop and throwing it in the seabag rather than having it issued to us. I got my winter clothes that way for "cold weather training" and these were Korean issue, wool still. I learned the hard way in my early USMC service, just go get what you needed even after filling the paperwork. -----Willy Wink

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