Making a large axe head and handle

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Project by Garageworkshop1 posted 08-06-2015 09:58 AM 2348 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this project I make a large axe in the folded axe style. I took a 10mm (3/8’‘) steel plate and folded it after which I inserted a piece of high – carbon steel and forge welded it altogether.

I made the handle out of ash which had a nice figure on it. To test the axe I chopped down an old dead plum tree which I’ll use when it’s dry for knife handles and other stuff.

When I’ll do it again, I’ll first forge down the high carbon steel and thin it down because when I was forging the mild steel moved a lot faster than it and the result is that the axe is a bit thicker that I would have liked but it works great for splitting.

The axe weighs 2.8kg (6lbs) and it’s really difficult to swing but it actually cut the tree nicely and the edge wasn’t damaged almost at all.

I hardened the axe in water and tempered it to light straw.

The axe is dirty from a cutting a tree.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for watching.

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 11:29 AM

Neat ! That’s bringing the old techniques back to life in a solid way.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 12:20 PM

Thank you very much!

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 03:33 PM

How wonderful to have both skills! I was thinking it looked handy for splitting. you should be proud!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 06:33 PM

It splits wood like a champ. Thanks a lot!

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 10:36 PM

Wow, I wish I had the ability to forge metals in my shop. That came out great, nice job.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 08-06-2015 10:48 PM

We’ve been watching a TV show called “Forged in Fire” and I’ve been telling the wife that I’d like to one day play around with doing some metal forging.

Soon as she wins the lottery, I’m gonna do it !

Nice axe !

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#7 posted 08-07-2015 01:40 AM

Nicely done. I’d like to have a chance to learn just enough forging that I could make an axe or chisel the old style like this with the welded in high carbon steel.

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#8 posted 08-07-2015 09:25 AM

Thanks a lot guys. Forging is a lot of fun and you don’t have to have a lot of tools to do it. I’ve made the forge and the anvil myself. However it does require welding to do the same as I did. Other than that all of the cutting is made with an angle grinder.

Thanks a lot for your feedback.

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