Froe for splitting wood - post

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Froe for splitting wood – post
Forged from Swedish sled runner steel

Just finished another tool, this time a froe for splitting wood.
One of those tools I wanted to make, not needed, wanted, love the simplicity and the effectivity of it.
It’s made from the runner of an old Swedish sled (sparkstøtting).

The post is from the blog:

1. The froe in action.
2. Antique Swedish sled runner steel in the forge.
3. Shaping the eye.
4. Forging the blade.
5. Turning a wood handle.
6. Ready to go in to nature and split wood.

Hope it can give you a reason to make tools.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 02-10-2019 02:03 PM

I like to see that traditional way of making tools.

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#2 posted 02-10-2019 02:20 PM

Meget flot / Very nice Mads


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#3 posted 02-10-2019 02:32 PM

I want to make one too. Donʻt need it. Probably would never use it. But itʻs a cool tool. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 02-10-2019 02:38 PM

I’m always amazed at the breadth of your work. Now I want to try some blacksmithing. Well done.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 02-10-2019 02:50 PM

I found a guy to make one for me from a truck spring. I was in a hurry and paid $50 for it befor checking it out. He said he had made them befor and was a friend of a woodworker friend of mine. He has it curved and razor sharp. I then bought a proper froe from Lee-Valley also for $50. As you know it should not be so sharp as it must split along the grain and not sever the fibers. It also should be straight. Yes I can take out the sharpness, but without a forge it would been tough for me to straighten it out. I am happy to see you made a proper one.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#6 posted 02-10-2019 02:58 PM

Awesome tool!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 02-10-2019 03:24 PM

Great job. I have been recently looking into these and you made one on your own. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 02-10-2019 03:47 PM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 02-10-2019 04:49 PM

Fantastic. Amazing what you can do in your small shop. You will be getting a lot of use and enjoyment out of that froe Mads. I got into log splitting when I first got into wood turning. It never ceased to amaze and satisfy me how straight logs can be split using just wedges. The froe is of course much more accurate in the right hands. I’ve been watching some of those English bodger videos on Youtube where they are used a lot and it’s pretty impressive what they manage to do with them. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-10-2019 06:27 PM

Another fantastic tool build. Nice job Mafe.

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#11 posted 02-10-2019 06:45 PM

Lovely job you made of that Mads, but you are going to ruin that nice mallet if you use it to hit a froe. Go cut a branch, throw it in your shavehorse, grab a drawknife and make a Fred Flinstone club like the one this guy is using.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#12 posted 02-10-2019 06:51 PM


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#13 posted 02-11-2019 04:07 AM

Very nice work on that froe! Mads, You are a true blacksmith!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 02-11-2019 01:17 PM

Beautiful and functional as always Mads. A handy tool to have and one made by the hands that will wield it is always a pleasure to use :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 02-11-2019 05:27 PM

Great job! YES!!

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