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This wasn't much of a wood working project exactly but it was a fun and simple restore.
I had been looking for a nice vintage carpenters hatchet for about a year when I finally found this one for $5 at a antique store. I had intended to just do a clean up on the head an a light sanding an oil on the handle. Once I got it home and played with it a bit I realized I'd hav to replace the handle to make it safe to actually use. It took a little while to find a new handle that would fit so I gave the head a vinegar soak (I actually forgot about it for 5days) An when it came out all the rust was off I fitted a handle an oiled it all up. For a total of $10 I got a nice old hatchet.
After the clean up u can barely make out the wording on the side. It's a Belknap bluegrass series

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Very nice work on that handle. It looks like original!!

Jim
 

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Great job on restoring the hatchet, I almost think this is used mostily for wood shingling a roof, but maybe for wood work too.
 

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Thanks guys. An yeah I'd say they were used a lot for shingles back in the day. I was wanting one of these for when I work on fences I hav an old plumb hatchet but I lik the hammer end on this one much better

I also had to rehandle the plumb when I got it. My father in law had let his dogs use it as a chew toy for several months before I "saved" it
 

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Nicely done.

Hope you use it too.


The picture is one I re-did, not restored. The handle I made from scrap hickory flooring. I do use this occasionally and did it to make a usable tool.
 

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Very nice restoration! I love rescuing old tools…
 
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