Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Axe Block

Made myself an easy transportable axe block today, i wanted/needed a block that i could take to shows and events, but it needed to be easy to carry and transport and i didn't want to be lugging around a 2-3ft high, 18" diameter Elm log as it's damned heavy for a start, so yesterday afternoon a quick trip out, resulted in the collection of a felled Elm pole, i do hasten to add  that it had already been felled as part of the hedgerow management program being undertaken by the local farm, and considering it was just going to be burnt, i figured there was no harm & no foul in putting it to a better use.

The block itself is also a piece of Elm that was collected  last week from the same pile as the pole came from, all Ive done is to take off a section that's approx 6-8" deep from the main log (which still stands 2ft high) and augured three holes in the underside, the legs are tapered at the top and just hammer into the base being retained by nothing more than friction, the legs being tapered will always provide a good joint and will only ever tighten during the course of a day, as the axe blows above force the block onto the legs,  the legs however, are easy to remove at the end of the day , just a few gentle taps from the the side and they free up enough to be removed without fuss, as i can break it down into four pieces, it is dead easy to transport home or to safe storage for the night ready for the next day.

4 comments:

  1. I need a chopping block myself. That looks like a good job!

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  2. Cheers mate, i have three Elm blocks now, the portable one above and two "normal" blocks, the one on legs is dead easy to make.

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  3. Good one Kepis, Ive helped make a few and there great for shows. We fight over the use of one all the time when space is short.

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  4. Thanks for the comment mate, i can see this one being fought over as well

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