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ManySplinters

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10-17-2021 03:23 PM

Since this forum helped me figure out the mystery wood I was using for a handle as Live Oak, wanted to share a pic of the final product. Believe the head to be Locust wood. Pulled both from a firewood pile that’s been sitting beside my fence for years. Since I’m not driving fence posts, should be good for my needs.


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#1 posted 10-18-2021 02:43 PM

I like it !! – it’s got “character”.

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#2 posted 10-18-2021 03:03 PM

That deep crack across the head makes me think 1/3 will split off with the first hard blow.

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ManySplinters

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#3 posted 10-18-2021 06:24 PM



That deep crack across the head makes me think 1/3 will split off with the first hard blow.

- Phil32

You are probably right of course, but I’m hoping that it will be fit for chiseling.. nothing to hard.

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#4 posted 10-18-2021 07:06 PM



That deep crack across the head makes me think 1/3 will split off with the first hard blow.

- Phil32

You’d be surprised at how strong some woods are even with checking. I made a firewood mallet out of a big chunk of white oak that had big checks like that. I used it to beat the tar out of stuff and pounding stakes in the ground etc. stood up quite well. I threw it in the fire because it was so heavy that my shoulders hurt after using it for more than a few minutes. The thing weighed like 3 pounds lol.

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 10-20-2021 07:37 PM

It has a killer look, but I feel that crack, even if fire roasted may be a fatal flaw what with the grain running in such a willing fashion. I know if it was a chunk of firewood, that is where I would try to hit it with an axe.

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#6 posted 10-21-2021 01:24 AM

That is a badass looking piece of wood. If it glows in the dark under a black light, it’s locust. Black locust glows green. Not sure about honey locust.

What do you guys think about filling the cracks w/ epoxy? Would that stabilize it?

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 10-21-2021 02:15 AM

Use it until it breaks…enjoy a cool piece…It might surprise you and just grow old with character and be fine…Use it when no force is needed, just easy hits…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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ManySplinters

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#8 posted 10-21-2021 03:58 AM

Thanks guys, appreciate the positive feedback!

It will see fairly light duty with the focus on chisels, no hold fast work for this one. I’ve got some other big hammers for heavy work when needed..

I do like the idea of filling the cracks with epoxy. Will probably just use it though and see what happens. Been a while since I’ve owned a black light but think I might know where one is. Would be pretty wild to see it glow!

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#9 posted 10-21-2021 04:10 AM



Thanks guys, appreciate the positive feedback!

It will see fairly light duty with the focus on chisels, no hold fast work for this one. I ve got some other big hammers for heavy work when needed..

I do like the idea of filling the cracks with epoxy. Will probably just use it though and see what happens. Been a while since I ve owned a black light but think I might know where one is. Would be pretty wild to see it glow!

- ManySplinters

If it does glow, then dress up as Thor on halloween. Then when you walk by black lights in front of peoples houses etc then your hammer will glow

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