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    Making a large axe

    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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    Thanks Garage workshop! I've added your Axe to our Forging and Casting category, as well as to your builder page: Garage workshop's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Man that was a lot of work, I am impressed. Great tool!!

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    Yep, a ton of work but it was all worth it in the end.

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    great video, nice job makes me want to get out and try it. Guess I am getting too old to work as fast as you do in the video though
    Last edited by Ed ke6bnl; 08-07-2015 at 08:16 AM.

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    It took me a long time to do this axe. That is my goal to encourage people to get out in the shop and make something. Thanks a lot for watching.

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    Thanks for showing us how to make one. Nice job forge welding that head.

    Al

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    Thank you very much!

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    Hi,

    Nice video - I really liked how you showed the entire process, including the handmade handle! Your Axe is our 'Best Documented Build' for August, 2015!

    You'll be receiving a $35 online gift card from GiftRocket.

    Just send me your email address (via PM) and we'll get things processed directly.

    Congrats!

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    Wow, thanks a lot.

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