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BFamous

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12-01-2018 09:06 PM

I’m looking to buy a shingle from, and can’t find too many places that seem to sell new ones for a reasonable price ($80 is probably my max).

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good brand of froe to look for?

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com


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Andre

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#1 posted 12-01-2018 11:18 PM

Lee Valley, $60 bucks CAN.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 12-01-2018 11:52 PM



Lee Valley, $60 bucks CAN.

- Andre


That’s a nice price.
How’s the quality?
I’ve been looking at the Peavey one from woodcraft, which I can pick up locally, but is also $67.75 (+ tax).

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#3 posted 12-02-2018 12:11 AM

While LV does sell some novelty junk, their tools are generally top quality. But be prepared to be patient for delivery. I live in the Charlotte area and time from order to arrival is always a little over a week.

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#4 posted 12-02-2018 12:12 AM

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-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#5 posted 12-02-2018 04:30 AM

Lie-Nielsen has a good one, designed by fellow Tarheel Drew Langsner. I really like mine, and I’m sure not gentle with it. I got mine before Drew closed up shop. Just a hair over your budget. Good luck with the hunt.

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BFamous

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#6 posted 12-02-2018 12:58 PM



Lie-Nielsen has a good one, designed by fellow Tarheel Drew Langsner. I really like mine, and I m sure not gentle with it. I got mine before Drew closed up shop. Just a hair over your budget. Good luck with the hunt.

- richinva

When you say Tarheel, you mean he’s just from NC or are you saying he went to UNC? I don’t mind going beyond budget to “support” the former – but the latter is an almost immediate disqualifier! Go Pirates!

I’ll check LN out.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#7 posted 12-02-2018 02:01 PM

I have one I bought 32 years ago and used it for 3-4 days. I think I paid $85 for it then.

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runswithscissors

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#8 posted 12-03-2018 01:22 AM

If you weld, you could make your own. Short (2”) piece of 1 1/4” or 1 1/2” pipe for the handle., 1/4” X 2” steel for the blade. Of course it would require a lot of grinding to put the bevel edge on it. Doesn’t have to be very sharp for splitting. Maybe a lot of work, but could be a fun project.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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BFamous

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#9 posted 12-03-2018 03:54 AM

I was actually thinking of trying to make one. I don’t weld, but I’m not certain I’d need to. I can easily heat and bend the steel bar around a 1.25” pipe, and then just use some JB Weld to close the end. With a tensile strength of almost 4,000lbs, I think the JB Weld should be strong enough.

I think the hardest part would be getting the rounded grind instead of a sharp edge… But yeah, it could be a fun project.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#10 posted 12-03-2018 10:01 AM

I plan on making a few soon. Here is a kindling froe i made.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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BFamous

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#11 posted 12-03-2018 11:29 AM



I plan on making a few soon. Here is a kindling froe i made.

- Don W

Pretty cool. Do you harden the steel when you are done shaping it?

By having the handle in line with the blade, don’t you lose all leverage for twisting to split the wood?

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#12 posted 12-03-2018 01:04 PM

Yes you loose the leverage with this kind of handle. The trade off is you can use it as you would a hatchet or a splitting maul ( if it doesn’t split on the first waxk, hit it with a mallet).

A shingle froe would have a traditional handle.

I haven’t been heat treating the froes. The implement steel I’m using (old drag tines) are already hard enough for this application. I will heat treat it for knives or chisels.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#13 posted 12-03-2018 07:15 PM

Highland Woodworking has some really nice ones I’ve had my eye on, the cool looking ones are pricey, but they do have one in your price range:
https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/shinglefroe.aspx

Have also seen cool ones at Garrett Wade, but looks like they don’t currently have.

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richinva

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#14 posted 12-03-2018 07:26 PM

^^^ Not sure where that one is made, but don’t think it’s here in USA, if that affects the purchase decision.

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#15 posted 02-14-2019 06:31 AM

Hey OP, did you ever get your froe? I’m in the market and thinking of going to the scrap yard to hunt out a leaf spring.

-- “If not for Roubo, the back of the U.S. nickle would be blank.” -Roy U.

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